However, not everything was smooth sailing. I intended to blog more (and didn't). I intended to spend less time online and more reading "real" books. That was a non-starter. I wanted to be more thoughtful about my use of time while I was home, but instead spent too much time online or holding down a sofa. All of those were related--the things I did best were functions of discipline and consistency. The things I did worst were those in which I showed the least discipline and most auto-pilot. I'll also add that after my initial 75-day Bible reading success, I had spotty results in my daily devotions, and my prayer life has been just a mess. I've been getting up at 5:30 daily with the intention of having my quiet time, but have managed to spend up to an hour and a half reading "news," most of which is the same opinions rehashed over and over.
So, here's the plan for 2012:
- I'm going back to my old Day-Timer (actually a Franklin Covey planner), and having a daily period of planning, prayer, and study. I also want to journal.
- I'm cutting back on the web-surfing. I've already deleted a bunch of bookmarks that were on my "daily" list.
- I'm going to "discuss" less on facebook and message boards. If I want to write out my thoughts, I'll do it here.
- I think having my Nook is going to help me read more that's not online.
- I want to keep up the momentum I've gained running. With only two years of 700+ miles in the past 13, it seems a stretch to plan on a third, but I'm putting it out there.
- I want to spend more time and effort managing our family budget. (We do really well on this, but often "wing it." With my oldest starting college, I'd like to be more hands-on.)
- I want to have more frequent and more intentional "date nights." Ann and I started doing some of this recently, and it's been great.
- We're also going to try to defend that state championship in track. It'll be even harder this season, and after this year's graduation may become impossible. But the bar has been raised.