2018 – A Reconfiguration

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2018. The children of last millennium are all gone, we’re just two years away from the third decade of this century, and the original Matrix is now 20 years old. Where the heck did that time go?

Time is a tricky little bugger. Some people have too much of it. Some people never get enough. I personally find that there aren’t enough hours in the day. If there were a tablet that would allow me to healthily forgo sleep, I would, but as it stands, I don’t need my mind to be any more muddled than it can already be.

So the only option I’m left with is to manage my time carefully. Very carefully. Especially as there is a lot I’d like to get done this year.

They say that most New Years’ resolutions fail and that this is because a fleeting fancy to change isn’t enough to alter a lifetime of bad habits. My desire to change core aspects of my behaviour is deep-seated, and it’s been something I’ve considered for some time. Sure, there is the argument that I could have put in place these changes at any time, and that the idea of changing at New Years is totally arbitrary, but at the same time, I do enjoy the concept of a clean slate.

A resolution is, by definition, the act of committing to a habit with purpose. Despite all of its good points, 2017 was also a year of uncertainty for me. I struggled to find my direction, my objectives, and most of all my purpose as I moved through the year. I want this year to be different. For starters, I want to enjoy my experiences this year. In order to live with purpose, I need to establish goals and a mindset as to how I’ll accomplish those goals.

Below are two lists. One of the things I wish to accomplish, and one of the events and activities I already have planned that I’m looking forward to.

Goals For 2018
By date

  • 01-02-18 – Website Launch
  • 09-03-18 – Exile Book Launch
  • 31-03-18 – Complete First Draft of Eden
  • 22-08-18 – The Hollow Tree Album Launch

By habit

  • Write something every day
  • Maintain web presence
  • Meet regularly with friends and family
  • Become a completionist 
  • Manage time & money more efficiently
  • Continue to reduce and declutter
  • Read a book a week (list TBA)
  • Watch a new film a week (list TBA)

Things To Look Forward To 2018

  • 19-01-18 – 27-01-18 – Peter Pan Panto
  • 11-02-18 – Cirque Du Soleil – Ovo
  • 02-03-18 – Trip to Amsterdam
  • 20-06-18 – Trip to Boston & New York

I think that’s a good start to my list. I aim to reflect and reassess every three months. Hopefully, there will be a lot of new adventures to add to the list.

What are your resolutions this year? And more importantly – what are you looking forward to the most?

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