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Resolutions for 2013

So, I had some grandiose plans for 2013 and was going to post a beautiful New Year’s resolutions post.  Then we had our first day of school today, and I remembered a crucial detail:  a day has only 24 hours.  Oops! 

So now I have a theme rather than a resolutions list:

With joy, gratitude, and reliance on God, do what needs to be done.

This is based on “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances,” from 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

  • We all need to focus on joy and thanksgiving.  After a few difficult events in the past, I really need to be reminded of this.
  • Because I am juggling so many balls:  husband, children, homeschooling, house, health, church family, extended family, friends, and blogging, I need wisdom from God to know what really does need to be done, and what should be left undone.   After all, there are only 24 hours in the day.
  • Once I know what needs to be done, I need to figure out how to do it, break it up into manageable steps, and actually do it.

In order to live by this theme, here are a few practical steps I’m implementing this year.

  • No email, blog hopping, or commenting until the day’s basic homeschooling, housework, and writing are finished.
  • Each day, do the most important/least desirable task first.
  • Make lists of what needs to be done in each area of my life.
  • Review and evaluate goals and progress weekly.
  • Work through 21 Days to a Self-Disciplined Life a few times to finish projects and implement helpful habits.

If I manage to follow these steps, there will be enough time for the most important things, and life should go more smoothly.

How about you?  Do you have goals for this new year?

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6 Comments

  1. Erin says:

    some very good practical points! I’ve chosen the word ‘Order’ myself, intended to encompass many areas of my life

  2. Jenn says:

    Yes, there are only 24 hours in a day and we are just one woman! I like your plan. My goals are floating around in my mind right now. Mostly, I need to be diligent!

  3. JoAnn says:

    Such a good reminder about only 24 hours in a day. I’ve got some thoughts on what the Lord is showing me for 2013, but since I’ve been dealing with a bad cold the past week, I haven’t felt like writing it out yet. 🙂

  4. Annie Kate says:

    Order is an inspiring theme, Erin. I’m sure it will make a huge difference in your life.

    Jenn and JoAnn, I’m looking forward to seeing what your goals and plans are.

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