Jill Fehrenbacher

My New Year's Resolution for 2010 - What's Yours?

by , 12/29/09
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Hi Inhabireaders! Since we’re getting to that time of year when everyone starts to think about the New Year and reflect upon the changes they would like to make in their lives, I’ll confess to you my New Year’s resolution. Despite being an avid greenie and nature lover, I spent WAY too much time in front of my laptop — an unhealthy amount of time actually. (What do you expect, I publish 3 websites that regularly post 8-12 stories every day in total!) My family and friends complain about it all the time. So this year I’m resolving to break the laptop shackles and reclaim my (non screen) life. Anyone else facing a similar conundrum? Any words of advice? Leave ‘em in the comments please – I need help!

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8 Comments

  1. rico January 5, 2010 at 4:37 am

    hahhahah heheh pangit

  2. RE Wonk RE Wonk January 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I write about clean energy and subscribe to all sorts of RSS feeds, including Inhabitat’s. My primary suggestion: POST LESS! Be more selective in your news choices, and skip the so-so ones. Some readers might balk, but most are more like myself: they’d like more pared-down news sources. I find the huge volume of Inhabitat postings intimidating, and when I get behind, I’m more likely to just mark them as all read and skip them altogether.

    This goes with my other recommendation: read less! Drop those feeds and newsletters that overwhelm you without giving you much in the way of news. Also, drop the ones that tend to tell you what you already know.

    Last but not least: pick times when you’re “at work” and times when you’re “with family,” and don’t try to do both at once. Don’t go grabbing that laptop or Blackberry during a lull in the conversation, as that’s the one thing that’s sure to kill any conversation. Close the lid and put it away!

  3. rica January 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

    im passionate about my work in the school but when i say my family i mean a bad girl to the school. after the new years resolution i love to work school i want to learn.

  4. goinglikesixty December 31, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Jill, yes this makes a BIG difference. Not fair to them. Good luck with the balancing act. Remember: priorities change often, sometimes day-to-day. Hope they understand that you are trying and will be supportive.
    A crabby frustrated Mom/Wife is no fun.
    Happy New Year.

  5. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher December 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Hey GoingLikeSixty!

    I am passionate about my work and passions are great things – but when I say ‘Family’ I mean husband and kid – so yeah – I have to work less. As much as I love my work my son and family comes first. And I don’t think you realize what kind of problem I have (does writing this at 11pm at night help explain?)

    Best wishes to all for 2010!
    Jill

  6. earthsaver December 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    My resolution this year is to repair my clothing that is wearing out but would still be very wearable without holes in some unfortunate places.

  7. ClintArthur December 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    For anyone who wants real help in achieving their resolutions so that 2010 is their best year ever, please join the community of like-minded individuals who are members of The Last Year Of Your Life Program. The theory is simple: live the next 52 weeks as if they were going to be your last — and see what happens. We use the tools of community, inspection, accountability, inspiration, and acknowledgement to help each other get the very most from every single day. The results are incredible!

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  8. goinglikesixty December 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Why would you leave your passion? Unless your family is a marriage and kids, then I understand why you might need to back down a little.

    But what possibly can be more challenging and rewarding that writing what you love?

    Balance is for weenies. :) and overrated.; Unless it’s killing the ones you love or you. Grind it out dude.

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