Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2015.
- Read more of the books I really want to read. This means unread books I already own, books from my (mammoth!) TBR list, and authors/series I like but haven’t finished yet — as well as some new releases, of course! I’d like more flexibility in my reading schedule, too, so reading doesn’t feel like a chore.
- Request fewer ARCs in order to make time for the books I really want to read. NetGalley and Edelweiss are so, so tempting, but I’ve got to cut back to make #1 a reality. Of course, when a book I desperately want to read comes up on NG or Edelweiss, I will request it!
- Catch up on some older ARCs and improve my NetGalley review percentage. Like a lot of us, I still have a backlog of ARCs to get through. I’ve joined the Blogger Shame Reading Challenge to help me get through some of them.
- Build and maintain a 3-week cushion of reviews and other posts. I tried this last year with mixed results, but I’m determined to do better this year. Ultimately I’d like to push it to 4 weeks, but that may be wishful thinking. There are also some posts I can’t prepare ahead (Sunday Post and News & Notes are both too topical to write ahead.)
- Cross-post reviews on time. I try to cross-post my reviews or review links on Goodreads, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest, and some of them on Amazon as well. But I want to get better about doing so within a few days after the review goes live on the blog, instead of (sometimes) weeks later.
- Stay on top of challenges. I’d like to start posting bimonthly challenge updates; I also need to link my reviews to the challenge pages in a timely manner. One way I plan to stay organized is to sign up for fewer challenges; that should simplify both keeping track and posting review links.
- Find time and the discipline to write. I failed this one miserably last year, but I’ll give it another go.
- Clean and revamp my study. Because I spend so many hours on the computer (for both work and blogging), I need an adjustable sit/stand desk and an exercise ball for sitting on. But first I’ll have to declutter my home office/library space to make room, and find someplace to put all the stuff that’s now in my desk drawers.
- Exercise more. I gained weight this year, and now I’m really out of shape — something I need to attend to if I’m going to stay healthy now that I’m in my fifties. My goal is to drop at least a dress/pant size, improve my posture and flexibility, and increase my strength and stamina overall.
- Be more disciplined about my freelance work. I always get it done, and I do a good job, but I’m not good at setting a specific number of work hours per day and sticking to it. Then I end up with a crunch at the end. Sometimes a crunch/rush is unavoidable, but if I can manage to be more consistent in my work hours, I hope to have fewer weeks of working around the clock to get the project finished.
- Make more time and space for the things I love to do: reading, singing and directing, knitting, spending time with my family, taking photographs. That’s also going to require being more disciplined with my time overall, as well as more organized when it comes to blogging.
What are your New Year’s resolutions?