I've decided that the language associated with new year's resolutions - "aims" "goals" and so on is not to my liking. It's altogether too sports orientated . So I decided a few years back that I would have gentle aspirations instead, generally relating to "being" rather than "doing" which would result in subtle changes of behaviour. That's the idea anyway.
I spent a while thinking about this year's aspiration. One thing that was really irritating me was my absent mindedness - not being able to find things around the house, turning up at places on the wrong day for meetings and so on. It was not just about being organised, it was about focusing on what I was doing or who I was listening to. I decided after much looking at definitions, that I would simply try to be attentive. The idea is to both pay attention, be more deliberate and to be more thoughtful, and the only way you know whether you have been successful is to stop and think about it.
So how has it been going? Erm, not all that well actually. I've turned up a week early for appointments twice in the last fortnight. I totally muddled up the date for meeting a friend and turned up a week late. And I've ended up with four cakes instead of the two I planned to make because I quadrupled the amount of water in this recipe instead of doubling it, hence the cake jenga above. I'm still losing things.
So I need some help. Would a more sophisticated web enabled phone with an e-diary make me more or less attentive? Do I need more or less lists to organise myself, and should they be on paper? How do I stop losing my (3 pairs of different prescription) specs and would I be better off with just one pair; or contact lens; or laser surgery? And where's my blooming earring?