2009 Guidelines

I’ve decided to make some personal guidelines for 2009. The nice thing about these is that they are small changes to my existing habits or routines and therefore appear both reasonable and achievable. They are, in no particular order:

Stop collecting receipts
For years I’ve kept every receipt and invoice someone handled me, even when I had the option of not doing so. They sit in my desk drawer until January of the following year when I bundle them up, put a rubber band around them, and stash them in my filing cabinet. Then after 7 years they go in the shredder. This year I’m going to decline every opportunity to obtain a receipt (with reasonable exceptions of items that might need to be returned/exchanged). This should reduce busywork for me without negatively impacting my records given that I have PDFs of all my credit card statements.
Blog more
I blog in spurts but very few of my mental blog articles get written. This is due to the fact that I like to limit a single blog entry to a single topic and that I have a desire to spread the blog entries out instead of having 7 in one day and none for 7 days. This results in some mental blog entries never getting posted and many days of no entries at all. This year my intent is to write entries as they come to me to a document on my local computer and then post them roughly one a day. In addition I’m going to overcome my resistance to posting multiple blog entries a day for those articles that are more time-sensitive
Work against my hermit tendencies
I’ve noticed that more and more I resist going places and doing things. I mentally rationalize it as wanting to avoid driving the car for environmental reasons. And while that’s a great idea in practice, I shouldn’t sacrifice living my life to achieve it. This year I’m going to do better about where the line is drawn between being green and being a hermit.
Be craftier (aka develop hobbies outside of the computer)
As my previous post indicated, I’m working towards this one already with the crocheting. While I’d love to get back into pottery, there isn’t a studio around here and if I were to obtain a wheel for the garage I’d still need someplace to fire them so that one is right out. Instead I’ll focus on crocheting for a while and then maybe take up quilting. Both of these hobbies appeal to me because my Mom and grandmothers practiced these crafts and because they result in useful and practical products.

There are other things that I’d like to work on in 2009 but I think these are my core guidelines. Lets see how they go!

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7 thoughts on “2009 Guidelines”

  1. God. I have so been where you are with the receipts… the whole process… the stack, the bundle, the storage, the 7 years. :-)

    As an aside… interesting from a technical communication perspective, when I view this blog posting on my friends list, your headings are not differentiated in any way. But when I click on Leave a comment, and while I’m typing in this comment box, up above now, the text under each of the headings are indented, which of course makes them look like the headings they were intended to be. Weird.

    And BTW, I love your second guideline!!! YAY! :)


  2. Woah, I missed the crochet comment. Yay, another person sucked into the cool world of yarn!

    Whatcha making? Do you know about Ravelry? (Computer+yarn all in one spot…)


    1. I’d heard of Ravelry before and Sarah pointed me to it in the prior crochet post. Not sure I’m ready for that level yet :)

      My ultimate goal is to make me some new house-shoes. The ones that my grandmother made for me many years ago are becoming threadbare. Although I may start with some potholders — they’re at least just two dimensional!


      1. Well, the cool thing about Ravelry is that you can find tons of patterns really easily. And, if you know other people who crochet, it’s neat to see (ala facebook style) updates to the projects they’re working on, etc.

        I practiced crochet briefly about a year ago – I learned a reasonably okay straight/flat single and double crochet. Never did anything dimensional though (and given that’s part of what makes crochet so cool, a pity). I always found “seeing” the parts of the stitch really challenging. (Maybe you can give me lessons in April?

        I’d love to see pics of your shoes when you get to them – it’s always good to have a first goal! :)


  3. hermit

    Hi Casey, Renee told me to read this. It seems we have this tendency in common. I, too, have committed to making a change in the “hermit” area. I wish us both good luck!! Love ya,


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