Day 11: 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn't need in 2011? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?
Wow. 11 Things. That sounds like a lot. Here goes:
1. More stuff. Making my life simpler is going to be a goal for 2011.
2. Stress eating. If I find an effective solution, I'll let you know.
3. Valuing other people's opinions more than my own. This is just a conscious decision that I have to make.
4. Yelling. I'm not a big yeller, but when I reach my breaking point, my anger flashes out. This is not an effective coping technique. I need to release some of the tension before I lose control.
5. Perfectionism. I am slowly working on this. I have been trying to abide by the rule that a little is better than nothing at all. Spending just 5 minutes decluttering toys might not completely clean up the living room, but it is better than not decluttering at all.
6. Laundry piles. Why can't I just fold the clean clothes and put them away?
7. That list of books that I think I should read, but don't have any interest in reading. I think I should read Moby Dick, but I really don't want to. The same goes for Ulysses and everything by William Faulkner. I accept that I may be missing some amazing pieces of literature that I would love if I actually read them. Maybe I will read them at some time in the future. What I resolve is that I will stop feeling guilty for reading my favorite historical-mystery-romance novel instead.
8. Grey hair. Something has to be done. I'm not that old.
9. Waiting. Too often I put things off because it doesn't seem like the right time. I keep waiting for the perfect time. The best time is now.
10. Sarcasm. It is my default response when I am upset or angry and it rarely helps the situation.
11. Late nights. I love the idea of staying up late and enjoying the relative silence, but I am grumpy and irritable the next day. It just isn't worth it.
This post was written in response to the daily prompt at #reverb10, allowing you to reflect on 2010 and manifest what's next.