My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

Now that the new year is off to a start, I have 2 resolutions:

  1. Up my organization game
  2. Better connect with friends and family

Resolution #1: Up My Organization Game : Over the past few years I have been increasingly working to stay better organized. Between Google Calendar, Google Docs, Evernote, setting up multiple account profiles in Chrome so that I can sync my extensions and bookmarks across devices, setting up reminders for myself, and using Google Music, I am much better organized than I used to be. But, I can do so much better I know! So, this year, I am beginning a Bullet Journal to use as a counterpart to all that I do electronically and I will also plan organize all of my family photos.

Bullet Journal – after learning about bullet journaling through some of my genealogy buddies, it seems like a good fit for some aspects about my personal organization system that I have found lacking over the past year.  I do a lot so I can use all the help I can get! 🙂 There are 4 components in particular I want to address:  1) my perpetual to-do list! While I use Evernote well as a repository, I’ve never felt I was able to get a good grasp on my to-do list. I think it is because when my list is electronic, the adage “out of sight, out of mind” is all too true for me.  2) I think it will also help my long-term planning as unlike a digital calendar, I can get a more long-term view of what I have going on, and unlike a traditional physical planner, the use of space on the page is more flexible. 3) I also have a lot of ideas that come into my head, so being able to capture them in the bullet journal should help.  4) I like the monthly tracker pages I’ve seen and I think this will be fun for tracking things that I need to do on a regular basis. Again, out of sight, out of mind in my digital tracking has been an issue for some of my activities. I’ve chosen to use Staples Arc system (junior size) as pages are insertable and the size is one that I will be able to carry with me wherever I go.

my new bullet journal

Photo Organization – For the most part, the physical pictures that I have are in one of 3 locations in our house – a set of photo albums I have, a couple of picture boxes, and a cabinet in our living room.  And… up until about 2008, I was pretty good at printing out my digital pictures. Well, not so much anymore – I’m about 8 years behind! So, my 2017 goals are to: 1) reorganize my physical pictures into a set of binders with photo sleeves (like these – but they come in different configurations) , 2) print out pictures from 2008 – present, and 3) better capture photos taken by family members that are posted to social media so that I can include them among my photos moving forward.  Last year I made some headway with beginning to better organize my personal genealogy files by creating what I call “Treasure Boxes“, so this part of my resolution is a great compliment to that. And yesterday, I ordered print photos for all of 2016 so now I’m really only 7 years behind. Ultimately, my goal for my personal mementos is to have one bookshelf that I instruct my family to keep should something ever happen to me even if they got rid of absolutely everything else of mine! 🙂

some of my photoboxes

Resolution #2: Better Connect with Friends and Family: My family and friend real life and social media network is pretty big – probably because of all the genealogy and family history I do – so I am connected to a LOT of family and great friends.  I want to do more to better connect and stay in more frequent contact.  This year, I am making it a goal to send physical birthday & other life celebration/important event cards – I just think it is a nice, friendly touch (for all the reasons mentioned here).  I also want to come up with a way to add family history touches when I send out cards, but I have not yet figured out a plan for that – will take some more thought. Maybe the card sending can be a resolution for this year, with family history touches a resolution for 2018.

Here’s to 2017!!!

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