This post inspired, in part, by Jen at Conversion Diary.

Around Christmas, I start thinking about New Years resolutions. Granted, last year was the first time in many that I actually made them, inspired by the New Month’s Resolutions I had been doing for some time prior to that. (All of that, and so much more than you could ever want to know, can be found in by clicking here and scrolling down and around.) Even so, there’s something about Christmas that gets me to thinking about what the year ahead holds and about what I’ll accomplish in that seemingly huge amount of time.

Last year, I made five resolutions. For the most part, I succeeded in keeping them, in part because I printed them and posted them somewhere that I would notice them. But I wasn’t happy with how many resolutions I made.

Recently, I read Sink Reflections, by Marla Cilley (the FlyLady), and it got me to thinking (full review forthcoming) about home organization and, thus, LIFE organization. It inspired thoughts of calendars and notebooks and menus and time set aside for prayer. These are all things that I already do, but not with the focus that I think I need as my life continues to whirl away from me.

In 2009, I’m going to focus on three aspects of my life: mental, physical, and spiritual. In each of these areas, I’m going to make one – only one! – resolution, and I’m going to come up with a plan for each month of the year.

This may sound like overkill, but I want to try taking my resolutions this seriously. If I was doing a project at work, I would spend this sort of time preparing myself – for that matter, a current writing project I’m working on warranted a spreadsheet, a new folder, and a template in my word processing program. Why doesn’t my personal life get this sort of attention?