I don’t plan to post again for a while – I’m ready for a break – so I thought I’d end this challenge by writing down a few goals for myself to refer back to and possibly check my progress against when I return.
I need to read more books. I read today that the average American only reads one book per year. I used to read many books per year, but nowadays although I’m probably reading more than ever, I read fewer and fewer actual books. Instead, it is online articles, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Over time, my attention span from all of this online content seems to have changed (not for the better), and I struggle to become absorbed in deeper reading. Moving forward, my goal is to read at least one book per month.
I need to spend less time on my phone. I guess the first step is admitting that it is an issue, and I admit that I am addicted to checking Twitter, text messages, email, and (to a lesser extent) Facebook on my phone. My phone addiction is almost like smoking cigarettes. I have even noticed pain in my thumbs recently from pushing on the phone screen. I want to reduce my phone use and am considering trying to go phone free for at least one day per week.
I need to avoid eating gluten. I adore bread. It is by far the hardest food for me to avoid eating, but I have been eating significantly less wheat products this week and have noticed less pain in my elbow tendons and joints. My goal is to eliminate gluten completely from my diet.
I need to control my emotions better with my students. I have some challenging students this year and have recently found myself becoming very frustrated with behaviors that constantly distract from my teaching and from the other students’ ability to learn. I need to work harder to let things go and not give in to frustration and anger.
I need to find more ways to connect and spend quality time with my son. Lately, I have been enjoying reading aloud to him every night, but I want to find more things that we can do together during the weekends. He is into woodwork, gadgets, building things, spending time in the woods. None of these things have really been interests of mine in the past, but I want to spend more time with him.
I need to learn more about cooking and need to do it more frequently. I have been very resistant and close-minded towards cooking, but I want to change that.
Until the next slice…