evannichols (evannichols) wrote,
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My New Year's Resolutions

You may know that I enjoy announcing that I don't really make New Year's Resolutions. And it's true. For years my only Resolution was "I resolve to Be Perfect." This, of course, is difficult to judge, and impossible to keep for more than a few weeks. So for the last decade or so, I've gone with "This year, I won't smoke any cigarettes."* That's worked well for me.

But there are some things I would change about my life. I haven't kept stats on how many days last year I felt too crappy or tired to be productive, but it seems like a lot. There's a part of me that thinks "When I feel better, I'll write prodigious amounts." Which is probably true, but if I continue as I am, I doubt there will be much change.

Which is vexing. It isn't like I live a hedonistic life of drinkin' and brawlin', fueled by deep-fried Twinkies and Jolt Cola. I eat well, take vitamins, exercise, and try to get a good night's sleep every night. My worst vice is coffee; about 20 ounces a day. Even though I don't drink a lot, I suspect I may sleep better if I eliminate coffee and caffeine (In my defense, every time I've quit coffee, I've started drinking it again because I wasn't sleeping well).

I wanted to go to a candlelight vigil this evening, but by midafternoon at BHFT, I was feeling horrid and struggling to stay awake. I'd like to be more involved in political/social activism, and I suspect that will be easier if I'm feeling better.

I'd like to spend more nights fully asleep, and more days fully awake. I'd like it to be a rare exception to have a day dominated by headaches, grogginess, and fatigue. I'd like to feel well every day, or almost every day.

I'm going to start with being more diligent about my sleep hygiene, which mostly means the aforementioned coffee, more vigorous exercise, and keeping a regular sleep schedule that allows for a full eight hours of sleep. That sucks, because it means going to bed around 9:00. Even if I'm sleeping more, my hope is that I'll end up with more productive hours than I'm experiencing now.


* 16,656 days without a cigarette!
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