As far as celebrations go, my New Year’s has been pretty low key for the last few years. It could be that I’m disappointed that I’ll be returning to work in a couple of days. Or it might be that I’m devastated that the next Christmas is now another 12 months away.
A typical New Year’s involves watching television celebrations and having a little something to drink. (And staying up later than I usually would.) I really should work on a standard drink for the occasion and, at this moment, I think it might be a martini occasion. Shaken, not stirred.
I’ll want to put the dark liquor away for the night. Bourbon wouldn’t necessarily have the feel I’m going for. New Years’s just doesn’t seem as cozy as Christmas or Thanksgiving. If nothing else, champagne sometimes comes along later in the evening.
For me, New Year’s is essential because of the resolutions. But, to be honest, before the last couple of years, I didn’t make them. But the last few years have broken down like this:
- 2016 – Do more with less.
- 2017 – Do it now.
- 2018 – Do more with less & do it, now.
In 2019, I didn’t really have a resolution. That may be because it was the same as the year before. These two resolutions sum up what my aim has been over the last few years.
Regarding “Do more with less,” I was attempting to expend less effort in my writing—all aspects of it, including social media. My goal was to focus on quality over quantity. That speaks for itself in terms of doing more with less, I think. And, arguably, it might take a couple of years to figure out how to do just that.
The “Do it now” mantra was adopted, so cleaning the house and performing other routine housework might be executed in a state of what some refer to as microflow. Rather than putting tasks off, I wanted to complete them more efficiently. The goal was to stop procrastinating or hesitating. This wasn’t so much a problem with writing, but it has helped in other areas of my life.
The combination was simply a decision to put the two together and concentrate on them further. It may not capture everything I mean, but I could simplify my 2018 & 2019 resolution this way:
- 2020 – Be decisive and efficient.
2020 was an efficient year in which I took decisive action. I focused on quality by rewriting some old work and taking a break from adult fiction to produce a children’s book series and three short films. The decision to jump back into film was decisive, to say the least. And it doesn’t get much more efficient than the first draft of a Christmas novel in two months.
So, 2021? It’s time for something different.
- 2021 – Get moving.
COVID-19 significantly altered 2020. Everyone knows this, and whereas I performed a workout routine of some kind weekly this year, I was sedentary between workouts. So, my goal is more walks, bike rides, and more focus on my health, in general. This may mean that I start listening to more podcasts and audiobooks, which won’t be a bad thing.
Admittedly, it’s a pretty basic resolution, but the last few years have required radical action. In short, this will be the year to try and counteract the effects of so much desk work while developing more healthy habits and routines.
photo: Wojtek Witkowski