A new year is upon us, and with it, another obligatory post about goals and resolutions for 2013. As I suspect is the case for many of you, my resolutions frequently end up by the wayside – not forgotten, but mired among other issues, losing priority in the daily task triage.
I have a lot that I would like to accomplish in 2013, but I am choosing to take my resolution in a different direction. A few years ago, I came across the One Word Challenge – choosing one word that will serve as a daily focus for a year’s worth of action. This year, I will be participating, using the word TODAY…meaningful on both a personal and professional level.
As a school administrator I frequently find myself looking ahead….way ahead. I recently glanced at my January calendar and was reminded of a plethora of appointments, meetings, and events designed to prepare for the 2013-14 school year. Elementary school visits, scheduling meetings, and sixth grade orientation shift focus from the present to the future. The same is true in my personal life, as I struggle to appreciate the moment — whether that is the time I spend with my wife and daughter, taking care of my health, or pursuing personal interests. Certainly, adequate planning and preparation are a necessity, but I often wonder how many opportunities are lost when the focus is not today.
So, for 2013, I am going to focus on today. What can I do today that will make a difference? I’m not advocating for the elimination of planning, but instead, a deliberate focus on what can be done in the moment to ensure that each day matters. For me, here is what that is going to look like:
- Daily “will-do” list to focus my actions on the things that really matter
- Conscious and consistent effort to encourage, and make a daily difference, for others – family, students, colleagues and strangers
- Daily time to reflect on progress, count blessings, and adjust accordingly
I am looking forward to making 2013 a year in which I focus on today – getting the most out of each moment, and hopefully making a daily difference for others.
If you were to choose a one word focus for 2013, what would it be?
Happy New Year!