I briefly thought of titling this blog post “Commitments for the Future” but that just made it sound vague and ironically non-committal. The future can mean tomorrow, or it might be some abstract entity far off in time and space. In the end, I resolved to come up with a list of “Do Now’s” (so named after a common teaching strategy described in Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov). As a good friend once advised me, “New Year’s Resolutions are a scam. If there are things you really want to commit to doing, then they should just be ‘goals.’ You don’t have to wait for a new year to start living the life you want,” (his approximate sentiments in my words).
Without further ado, my current list of Do Now’s:
1. Create more, consume less.
2. Stop complaining! Nobody wants to hang around a killjoy.
3. Drink more water.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
5. Train for a half-marathon. (Run a half marathon before the end of the year).
6. Implement a “no eating out week” at least once a month.
7. Stop eating at least three hours before bed! Otherwise your sleep will be uncomfortable and your belly will feel like a stack of bricks (I know this from experience).
8. Work to pay off student loans.
9. Invest in a retirement plan before the year is out.
10. Read at least 10 minutes a day.
11. Level up in adult-ness. (Work in progress).
Admittedly, the goals themselves need some work in terms of specificity, timeliness, and a way of measurement. But hey, I think it’s a good start.