Thanks to all of those who have patiently stuck with me during what became a protracted absence from this blog - work on my new book and other writing assignments kept me from posting here regularly during the waning months of 2009. But I look forward to having more time to commit to writing about personal productivity in our work and in our homes in the year ahead - so I'm glad to be back blogging regularly at Productivity @ Home!
Part of what has me excited for this year is the upcoming release of my first book, The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul. This year, in keeping with the sections of the book, I have divided my resolutions into four parts: Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. In the book, I have tried to encourage mothers to care for themselves in their relationships, mentally, physically and spiritually so that they can fully give themselves to the care of their families, their communities and the world around us.
Taking a page from the book, I am going to spend this week discussing a few of my own New Years resolutions in this context. Some resolutions are too personal to share here, but I want to put a few of them down in writing both to share with you, and to keep myself more accountable. I've fully listed them in my personal planner, with the goal of revisiting them periodically during the year to see how I'm doing.
So for the first category - Heart - many of the resolutions are obviously personal in nature. "Heart" in my book refers to our relationships - with our spouses, our children, our extended families, and communities. My major resolutions this year in the Heart category relate to being more attentive to the needs of my family. I have been reading The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands for the past few weeks. While I don't usually listen to Dr. Laura's show, this book was recommended to me by a male friend and it has caught my attention. I have decided to change the tagline of this blog to "Getting Things Done Where It Matters Most". Dr. Laura's book has me asking myself how often I compromise the loving service of my own family in service of others with my work. I'm blessed with the world's best husband and the world's best sons, and I fully intend this year to continue to make joyful service for them my highest vocational calling. Mostly, this will revolve around a few organizational changes that are easily made (i.e. planning dinner, keeping a regular schedule for household chores), and being more happy and gracious around our home. I also want to watch very careful the manner in which I deal with my teenage sons - balancing being the "enforcer" of the house with letting them know how very much I love and care for them. Sometimes we can have a tendency to be the least hospitable and loving to those who mean the most to us.
How about you - what "Heart" resolutions are you making this year?
p.s. The photo above is my new home office, which is still a "work in progress" - more on that in a future post!