Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday Slice: Commit and Habits

I am choosing two separate words for my One Word this year, for the first time.  

Why?  To further define the boundaries between work and personal life.

My personal word came from a few sources.  Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and the blog post on Depth Year come to mind.  I am pretty good at fulfilling promises I make to others; keeping promises I make for myself is a work in progress. My personal word is "Commit".  Commit to creating a peaceful, uncluttered home, eating healthfully, moving my body more. Commit to getting more sleep and allotting realistic amounts of time to get things done on my to-do list, instead of making unrealistic "wish lists" each day.  Commit to saving money to spend on experiences, not things.
At work, I feel overcommitted, hence the need for another word.  For work, my word will be "Habits".  I have a lot of set habits at home, especially in the morning--empty dishwasher, make coffee, pray, read--but I lack set times to complete necessary, repeating tasks that must be done to run my library program.  I'm going to work on scheduling those times so that those tasks become routine, freeing myself to focus on the creative and service aspects of my job.

Here's to a productive and fulfilling 2020!


  1. I'll be interested to hear how it goes shifting from one word and back to another. I love the distinction you make between promises to yourself and promises to others. That's an important one!

  2. What a great idea to choose two! I wish you luck in letting these words guide you through the year.

  3. Why I am I not surprised that you should have two words, Chris? They are certainly linked. I appreciate your putting the skids on overcommitting at work with intentionally freeing yourself for more creativity. So vital, if we are to enjoy our work and be productive, not to mention paying it forward to students - and colleagues. What a glorious habit! And I love every single thing you mention for "Commit." Cheers to you, my friend!

  4. Ha! I chose two words for my #OLW this year, too. Mine are balance and completion. BTW, I just finished Rachel Hollis' book and really loved it. There was a lot of raw truth in this book.

  5. So interesting to choose two. That never occured to me. "Habits" resonates with me as I struggle to establish a few myself to help me to be more productive. Keep us posted!