Finish the novel. Status: Poor. Reason: I actually don’t feel all that bad about this one, since I have been writing quite a few short stories. However, there’s nothing stopping me from writing this as well, so I need to get on it.
Get published. Status: Achieved. Reason: Well, I kind of cheated on this one by self-publishing a story on Amazon.com. But it’s better than last year.
Eat less frozen food. Status: Good. Reason: Caroline puts a lot of stuff in the freezer. I really only have room for a bag of chicken tenders and some ice cream, the latter of which must be kept in the freezer.
Give more, take less. Status: Not sure. Reason: I haven’t really been paying attention to this lately. I’ll get on it.
Be a better listener. Status: Decent. Reason: I’ve made more of an effort to eliminate distractions while listening. I still have much room for improvement in this department.
Less gesticulating on the phone. Status: Poor. Reason: I think this hasn’t gotten worse. I not at all conscious of what my hands are doing when I’m on the phone.
Less critical of people. Status: Good. Reason: Other people are doing their best with what they have. This mentality is a work in progress.
Giving parents full attention. Status: Good. Reason: See “be a better listener,” above.
Fart 20% less. Status: Poor. Reason: I was doing awesome at this until increasing bean consumption recently (we have a lot of canned beans in our pantry…I’ve been eating them instead of frozen food). I actually had to roll down my car window today—with only me in the car—because the smell was so offensive.
Write something every day. Status: Great. Reason: I love to write.
Watch TV only while eating/multitasking. Status: Good. Reason: Too busy writing. Although, I did get on a “How I Met Your Mother” kick recently, during which I was pretty much only watching that show.
Vote. Status: N/A. However, I did attend a political rally. That’s five times more political than anything I’ve ever done before.
Write shorter blogs. Status: Fair. Reason: Today notwithstanding, I’m getting better at using fewer words to say more. I read that people often just read a few sentences/paragraphs of a blog…odds are, you’re not even reading this right now.
Touch my hair less. Status: Poor. Reason: I’m generally pretty interested in what’s going on up there.
Don’t speak about others behind their back. Status: Poor. Reason: I’m not a gossip, but sometimes I just need to vent about people. Give a brother a break.
Learn what words mean and how to pronounce them. Status: Fair. Reason: Caroline knows a lot of words. She’s like a walking dictionary. And she always makes fun of me when I misuse a word, so I know I made a mistake. I should take ESL.
Not bad, not bad. Keeping this list and checking it twice has really helped me focus on advancing and improving myself. I’d highly recommend it.