As most of you have probably heard over and over since December one of the trends is to designate a word of the year. I originally didn’t have a plan to do this but after giving it a lot of thought and reading how other’s word of the year guided them through the past I decided to consider what word I would use.
Since I am trying to focus a lot of my time on finishing a draft of our book (read more here) my first thought was “NO”. The reasoning behind this was a valid reason to say no to any further commitments. If I said that was my word then I had the perfect excuse to not commit to anything new. It all sounded great to me until I read other’s words. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be worrying about what anyone else is doing or worry what others will think, etc… but, I still can’t stop thinking that way. I think “no” sounds negative and would that come off to others as a “Debbie Downer” attitude, etc. It wouldn’t be intended as a negative but that is what I perceived others would think. Again, I know I shouldn’t worry what is inside someone else’s head but that is my genetic makeup.
So, after much thought and guesswork, I came up with another word that I thought would help me yet not sound so negative. I am hoping it will help steer me in the right direction and give me a reason to not accept every request I receive to help out with this or volunteer here, etc.
My word for 2018 is PRIORITIZE.
I am giving myself permission to PRIORITIZE what is important to me and my family. It will not help me or my family to volunteer to run a committee for the school. In fact, if anything it will only hurt my goals and probably the well being of my family because I will be too stressed. I can say no to the lunch date since I need to use that time to write. The more I think about this word the more I have embraced it. I consulted Wikipedia and the definition is the action that arranges items or activities in order of importance.
A perfect fit for me! I will try and update how my word of 2018 is working for me. I am hoping it will give me enough permission to do the things that are most important to me and the ones I love.
Do you have a word for 2018? If so, I would love to hear how you came up with yours and how it is working out.