Unless my life sees some major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!
It’s January 13th—I’ve spent nearly two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items that matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s a key difference from the lists that came before it.
Before it was a task list—I’d look around at everything that needed doing and jot it down, because my life would obviously be better with them out of the way.
But task lists aren’t inspiring. They’re not motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.
Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through my least successful year yet for my list, I knew I needed to make a change for 2017.
I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcuts—I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’d like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’d happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to a far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting it right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!
But that’s enough of my chatter—I’ve already made you wait long enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100—because it’s not what you do… it’s how you do it!
So somewhere in my crazy mind, I’d convinced myself it’d be a good idea to write my wrap-up for The 2016 100 all as one post, because I’m always so curt with my posts, of course. A few days of working on it quickly killed that idea, and here were are with the second part of my wrap-up, covering the things I didn’t get around to in 2016, but still plan to manage this year, as well as my reasons why.
(Note: You will see these in some form in The 2017 100, so you know—don’t be too surprised.)
What I Didn’t Do, But Still Want to Do Next Year
7) Stop biting my nails — Ugh. What I probably need to do first is reduce the amount of stress in my life to get a better chance of dropping this disgusting habit. I had a good run early in the year, but hey. Maybe I’ll have better luck this time! 8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent — I don’t think those past thank you’s are getting sent. It’s just… not something I’m doing. Instead, I think I’d love to start sending Christmas letters with some personalisation. I’m not a complete jackass, guys, but there needs to be a point where we agree to move on. 13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP — Any outstanding finances in general, really: part of being an adult is knowing how much your insurance will pay out. What your benefits cover. What’s in your stock portfolio. 2017 Casey Palmer needs a better handle on all this kind of stuff!
14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad — I mean, you don’t see the magic happening, but my desk and dining room table are plastered with pages of notes as I draft out my posts. Will it happen? Maybe. Do I want it to? Oh heck yes ?
Honesty is an important trait — especially when you’re blogging. And to be honest, there hasn’t been much as of late that I’ve cared to blog about!
Sure, I’ve been up to stuff, but summer tends to be a season where I try to spend more time relaxing and less fussing and fretting over my list of “shoulds”. The things I should be doing. The places I should be. Some would argue that at any given time, we’re right where we’re supposed to be.
With that said, here’re 5 of the things that’re helping bring me to peace these days:
One of the things that’ve been missing in the last few years that Sarah’s owned this place is a good grill to char some meat over. Now that the wedding and renovations are out of the way, this past weekend we finally got around to putting our first barbecue together, cooking up some delicious food!
I hate cooking in the kitchen, but by the end of the summer, I’m definitely interested in attaining a “Lord of the Grill” status! (If I actually know you in person, I’ll probably have to have you over sometime for some good eatin’!)
2) Words with Friends
While it’s hard to find friends that’ll play with me after a game or two, I always relish games of Words With Friends. Thought Scrabble’s always the game of choice, it hasn’t become as universally accessible as Words With Friends has 🙂 Too bad they never bothered to incorporate stats into this damn game, though. One day, maybe I’ll move on to Draw Something and find some friends to torment there, too!
I’m not exactly sure how reading wormed its way back into my life — I probably have a little trip to Africa to blame! Over the past few weeks, I’ve devoured both the Hunger Games and Millennium Trilogies, and am now working my way through George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books (which I’m told progressively worsen over time, but I may as well).
It’s weird — after being a gamer for so many years, I barely give most games or TV any notice, preferring to keep striding to catch up with the end of Season 1, which is where I last left Game of Thrones.
(Note: I probably wouldn’t read nearly as much without an iPad, but that’s neither here nor there.)
4) Cleaning My Music Collection
Despite studies telling me that it’s likely to kill my career, I listen to music at work in order to help me get things done. But I found that more and more often, I’d be skipping songs on my iPod rather than bother to hear anything through. Some investigation showed me that my iTunes was filled with 16,500 songs! 45½ days’ worth of listening!
No wonder I couldn’t ever find anything to listen to!
So I decided to do something about it — I organized my music alphabetically by artist and started culling. No moving songs to other folders, no rating things on multiple levels to come back to them later — if I liked it, it stayed. If not — poof! It had to go!
I’m on the Cs now, listening to a Camp Lo mistake I once got, and I’m down to 15,500 songs. Definitely looking promising!
(Other simultaneous activities: using TuneUp to clean wayward tracks; replacing damaged tracks with new versions wherever applicable.)
5) Clearing Up Clutter
If you followed my blog posts from last year, you’ll likely know that one of my big to-dos was to get rid of a lot of the clutter that I’d accumulated over time. Slowly but surely, I’m winning the race by reading many of the old articles I’ve had laying about and trying to make use of everything around me. While we’re trying to have the office cleared out by the end of June, I’m happy to just be learning new things as often as possible.
So despite long hours at work and a nagging sensation that perhaps there’re things that I should be doing more often, these are some of the things that’re helping to keep my head attached to my shoulders.
May I find many tales to tell over the course of the summer!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands: