I’m traveling in September, so I probably won’t be updating my resolutions chart on my blog regularly and I probably won’t be posting as regularly either.
But you should still do a resolutions chart because it’s the most fun you can have without a sloth. I imagine sloths are pretty fun. I don’t know why I think that.
Since I’m traveling, I printed out my resolutions chart on physical paper and will carry it around with me. That seems to work sometimes.
My theme for this month is social. I’m not going to be worrying about business or writing or meditation or fitness. I’m going to pretend to be an extrovert.
1. Say yes to everything.
I bet you get invited to a surprising number of things that you turn down. Me too. This month, I’m going to err on the side of doing versus not doing.
My introverted soul is whimpering pretty loudly right now as I need alone time to recharge, but I think this will be good.
2. While out and about, smile and make eye contact with people.
When I walk normally, I automatically ball my fists or cross my arms and move as fast as I can, concentrating on where I’m going and not on the journey. It’s just habit.
With this resolution inspired by the book How to be Luckier, I make myself go outside for at least twenty minutes a day and I smile and make eye contact with the world that passes me by. Then the world smiles back and chats and occasionally asks me to coffee.
It’s eye contact that makes a big difference. When I don’t have my extroversion resolutions on and I stay inside my head and I don’t acknowledge everyone else, conversations virtually disappear.
3. Operation Enjoy – go out and do something with someone you like every single day.
Operation Enjoy means I make plans to leave my house and do something every single day. I can be alone when I do this thing, but it must be out in the world.
4. Work out with other people.
5. Workout (time/activity)
6. Break a sweat
7. Walk 10,000 steps
8. Morning papers
9. Take a picture and put it on Instagram.
I got off Instagram a year ago and haven’t missed it, but I’m going to try it again like I tried Twitter in August. I think you have to experiment to make sure you still like and dislike the same things.
10. Meditate for 24 minutes
My year of meditation is over, but I’m going to continue this resolution because I think it’s a good one.
What are your September resolutions?