2014 is here, so long to 2013. Whew. What a crazy year all around.
While I’m not a fan of making new years’ resolutions, I do use significant events like this to look at myself and make changes for the better. It’s akin to The Urban Daddy 2.0, except I’m on 40.0.
Nothing too drastic, nothing too easy, but I’ve listed 13 changes I intend on making in 2014, and I would like to hear from you what changes you are making or how 2014 is going to be different for you.
13. Be more productive during the day: To me, this means making a schedule and sticking to it, without fail.
12. Getting more sleep. This is the part of my life where I’m doing the most disservice. Going to bed late, getting up early, pretty much since our kids were born. Some say that a good night’s sleep each and every night allows us to be at our best every day. When we are deprived of sleep, our well-being may suffer, I remember reading as a new Dad. “Not sleeping enough can have numerous negative consequences for your health. Try to get to bed by 10 pm and sleep for at least 8 hours every night”. Giggle. 8-hours over 2 days, maybe. “Deep rest keeps your immune system strong and optimizes your metabolism. Another reason to prioritize your sleep: Not sleeping enough can disrupt your hormones, including those that regulate your appetite. Things that can help you get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis include keeping to a schedule, exercising daily, making sure your bedroom is very dark, and eating regularly, and enough, during the day.”
11. Stop Dieting: Instead of feeling like I have to eat less and worrying about it, I’m going to tap into the knowledge base called my wife (studying to be a naturopath) and figure out which foods really work for my body and which ones don’t. I’m hoping to get healthier and maybe even drop a few pounds, too. I’m tired of feeling yucky after eating and feeling hungry out of habit and not because I am.
10. Get even more active on a regular basis. I find that if I don’t get regular exercise I get grumpy and angry. The more I exercise, the better I feel. Common sense tells me I want to feel better so more active, more often.
9. Cook More – I’m going to find ways to move past the foods that I cook for the kids or that my wife will tolerate and embrace the kitchen for more than keeping it clean. I’m going to cook for my wife! Yes, she laughed off the thought of a red dinner for Valentine’s Day, but I’ll keep trying.
8. Manage my stress better – AAARrrrgggghhhhh. Whew. That felt better. Now I need to get things off my chest more often and not hold it in for fear of protecting others, especially those who could give a rats ass what I do. Sleep, exercise, and not procrastinating should go a long way towards achieving this goal.
7. Clear up old, lingering issues, repairs, injuries. Have I mentioned a thousand times that if I raise my arms over my head that my fingers go numb? Old sports injuries. Separated shoulder. Dislocated shoulder. Torn rotator cuff… All contributing factors. So I either need a physiotherapist to help me and in return I solve their tax problems OR I get working on ways to loosen up the joints and get stronger at the same time.
6. Get more education. In my industry, there is a LOT to learn, and no matter how much I read and how often I review documents, it is never enough. I want to begin taking courses again in 2014 and never stop.
5. Travel more with my family. We had such a great time travelling to the East coast of Canada in the summer, so while the kids are still relatively young I want to get out and have them experience the world as I never had a chance to do as a kid.
4. Slow Down: A wise person once told me that slowing down can do wonders for my mind and body. I’ve gotten too accustomed to racing around and trying to complete so many tasks each day that I forget to take some downtime in order to de-stress and recharge. I think this includes gong for a walk outside or doing some stretches or other form of gentle exercise throughout the day.
3. Blog more. Nuff said!
2. Eat Healthy Fats and Oils. I need to help my body healthy outside and on the inside and I’ve been reading that as I get older I’m going to need more nuts nad oils to keep my brain active and sharp.
1. Get out with my wife more! Men, do we not marry our best friend? Well I did, so why then do we never get out and enjoy life to its fullest? This year I need to make that plan and get out of the house at least once a month with my wife. Sounds like a simple plan? Really not so much when you consider other people’s schedules, fiscal restraint, babysitters and energy. If there is something that I’ve always wanted to do, then I’m going to try and do it!
How about you?