December 11 – 11 Things What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)

At first I thought this would be easy.  Lots and lots of things that used to be mine are gone.  It would be easy to round up 11 more things.  The cellar, back shed and attic still have clutter. I can come up with a list of 11 things without getting up off the chair:

  1. bags of garbage
  2. bags of recyclables
  3. garment bag
  4. pile of boxes
  5. metal chimney sections
  6. broken portable washer
  7. beanie babies collection
  8. section of railroad rail
  9. box of glasses
  10. ancient tubes of caulking
  11. unused seeds from years ago

But that was too easy.  Getting rid of physical stuff is something I’ve been working on for a couple of years; and it’s fun for me. Getting rid of these things would change my life by having less crap to walk around, dust, and move.  I can get rid of them by auction, Craig’s list, free cycle, charity, dumping.

This is much harder; a list of 11 tendencies I want to lose for 2011:
1. to be lazy and idle
2. to procrastinate
3. to seek escape instead of facing unpleasantness
4. to eat for reasons other than nourishment
5. to avoid exercise
6. to shirk obligations and responsibilities
7.  to dodge conflict
8. to deny myself
9. to over caffeinate
10. to complain and gossip
11. to withdraw from social contact

How would I begin to eliminate  these tendencies?  21 days to a new habit, not all at once, but a few at a time.  Making lists.  Keeping track of goals. Rewarding progress.
How would getting rid of these tendencies change my life? Accomplishment.  Improved mental, physical, and emotional health. Happiness. Improving relationships. Progress.  Self fulfillment.

Huh.  That is a reverse resolution list.  Instead of what I will do, what I won’t do anymore.

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