In past years, I’ve had themes that are variations on productivity, such as “focus” and “drive” and “OMG. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND DO THE STUFF YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DO ALL READY!” So, in 2019, I’m choosing another theme along those same lines: “moments.”

The difference between this theme, though, is that it’s less about getting particular things done than it is about being “in the moment” with the things I choose to do.

So, sure. “Moments” is a productivity theme.

I want to get more done with my time by really focusing on what I’m trying to get done. This is tough because when I’m home with the family it’s hard to get uninterrupted time to do things. It means I’m going to have to be diligent about carving out time for work and exercise and all the other things I want to do and managing those blocks of time as well as I can.

But “Moments” is also kind of an anti-multitasking theme.

Right now, here in 2018 when I’m writing this and before I’ve actually adopted this theme, I have no fewer than eight tabs open on my browser. And that’s kind of a low number of tabs for me. It’s not uncommon for me to have more than a dozen and constantly click around in them doing a little of this, reading a little of that, and not really fully focusing on any single task. This means that it takes a lot longer to get less done. So, in 2019, I want to close my tabs and do one thing at a time.

“Moments” is also a mindfulness theme.

For a week or so now, I’ve been working on practicing a bit of “meta cognition” regarding my emotional states. I can be a brittle, angry person at times and I’m trying to better identify and observe those emotions so that I can deal with them a little better and not say snappy things that get me into trouble. Or just so I don’t spend most of my commute time annoyed by what are CLEARLY bad decisions being made by people around me.

“Moments” is also a reflective theme.

Baby G is growing up so fast and she is generally a delight. And when she is being fussy, I want to give her more attention so I can understand what she needs and help her. This means having more “device-free” time with her and husby. It means not counting minutes or thinking about how long those special times are taking. And it also means not frittering away so much time that could be special by plonking away on my phone.

I don’t want to say I’m never going to kill some time on video games or flipping through memes. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever have any “down time.” Those things are a pleasure for me. Nor am I going to try to schedule every waking moment with some activity in an attempt to make every minute “special.” I just don’t want those minor pleasures to come at the cost of greater happiness and satisfaction with my life and I want to make sure I’m mentally and emotionally focused on whatever thing I’m doing in order to maximize the benefits of those activities.

I’m really excited about 2019 and there’s a lot I’d like to do with the coming year. But more than simply ticking things off of my to-do list, I want to really enjoy the process as well.

Here’s to wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous 2019 with lots of joyous moments!

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