So here we go for 2016...
I've found myself quite "busy" this past year, but the question is whether I've been "busy" with the right things. And more to the point - has there been a reason for some of the things I've been doing.
Not that you absolutely NEED a reason for everything... but we live in an age of distraction, and if we aren't careful it's easy to find that we've frittered away time that we could have spent otherwise.
In 2016 I want to think a bit more strategically about the various activities I'm involved in. To make conscious choices about what I'm doing - and for whom - and why.
And to have a bit more of a plan in some cases.
Some common phrases come to mind:
- Connect the dots.
- Think of the big picture.
- Do fewer things better.
- Less is more.
In some ways this is perhaps a continuation of, or a refinement of, the "Essentials" that I talked about in 2015.
The point is that I want to think and act a bit more strategically this year.
In the chaos of 2015, I let my health slip down in my list of priorities. I haven't been making the best choices in terms of eating or exercise. Sadly, I've gained back 25 of the pounds I lost over the past few years. I didn't run a single race in 2015 - and in fact ran a measly 213 miles over the entire year... not even running at all in the entire month of December, and only a pathetic 6 or 7 miles in both October and November. There are other examples.
I need to change this.
I need to put a priority back on taking care of my health. Because if I don't do it, who will? And I want to be around in the long term for my wife and kids.
I want to make time this year for more reflection. Caught up in the maelstrom of being "busy", I haven't been taking the time to...
It's hard to carve out that time to just think about things... to think about how all the dots are connected.
But we need to do so... or at least *I* feel the need to do so.
This time of reflection feeds back into the "strategy" word above... and indeed into the "health" word as some of that reflection can happen while, say, running.
These are my aspirations for 2016... what are yours?
P.S. There is, of course, a fourth word that will consume a great part of 2016 for me... CURLING! Particularly given that my 13-year-old daughter will now be going to the 2016 USA Curling Junior Women's National Championships in two weeks in Minnesota...