I love Patrick Rhone’s take on intentions rather than resolutions. Resolutions seem almost certain by definition; you’re resolved to do something, so when that thing doesn’t get done you shred the idea of it and give up. An intent seems more like a long term plan, a pursuit, or an ambition. With that in mind, here are my list of intentions for 2014:
- writing - top of the list for 2014 is to write more. I journaled a little in 2013 using Day One, and I think I wrote more on this site than previous years (edit: just checked, not true), but my output still wasn’t great. Inspired by Neil Murray I’m going to set my intention to at least one post a week in 2014, across a range of topics. I just know I can’t commit to once a day, like Neil.
- fitness - 2013 was the year I got fit. I shed a monumental amount of weight, started running, and got myself to a point where I wasn’t ashamed of how I looked or felt. In 2014 I will continue that journey. I’ve joined Jantastic to kick start my year.
- spending time - I want to spend not just more time with my family, but better time. Engage more, listen more, feel more.
- watching more - my Twitter handle is @moviedan, and this year I considered changing that because I’ve not given film anywhere near the attention it deserves this year. I’m also hideously behind on the upper tier of TV series like The Walking Dead, and even Breaking Bad.
- reading more - I started to read more in 2013. I managed the whole of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series. I can improve on that through 2014, and hopefully catch up on some novels I’ve been intended to read for an age (I’m looking at you, The Passage).
Last year’s goal worked out pretty well all things considered, and that’s going to be something I’ll write about over the coming weeks too. Hopefully this year goes well too.