My word for 2013

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Do you have a Word of the Year? I always thought it was a frilly idea until I gave it a go last year. My word was present, and turned out to be a groovy way to set a theme, guide actions and remember an intention. Rather than a mega list of to-do’s or goals it’s a concise little thing to carry around. When things went astray I’d recall the word – whether in my head or muttering it aloud like a loony – and POW, it pulled my head out of the clouds.

Many times I forgot to remember the word (e.g. covered in cake crumbs… Oh yeah! PRESENT! D’oh.), but these things take practice!

Since 2012 turned out okay I’m calling the secret trial a success and have decided to say this year’s word out loud. There’s always that, “If I tell people, what if I cock it up?” fear but… accountability and all that, eh?

Wood pigeon and pals from earlier this morning

Wood pigeon and pals from earlier this morning

My 2013 word is Focus. It felt like a good one to build on the momentum from the end of 2012 and get that consistency happening. I know what I need and want to do, it’s just that tendency to procrastinate, self-sabotage, multi-task and wander down self-destructive and/or time-sucking side streets (e.g. Facebook Street, LOLcat Alley, Binge Boulevard, ho ho ho!).

So I’m focusing…

  • On what’s important, on what’s meaningful, on the little things that make everyday life feel good.
  • On only one task at a time.
  • On one browser tab or Word doc at a time.
  • And not focusing my energy on petty issues, perceived slights, drama that doesn’t belong to me, etc etc etc.

To give the Focus a bit of backbone, health and wellbeing wise, I picked three straightforward things:

  1. Write every day – basically the Morning Pages idea from The Artist’s Way book. Every morning you write three pages of stream-of-consciousness waffle. It helps shake out any deranged thoughts and set your compass for the day. I’ve been doing them for about eight months now but with no real consistency until this last two. It’s so helpful to get your ranty pants on first thing then just GET ON with your day!
  2. Continue the HAM Plan for the eating. Also watching portion size as that’s no doubt contributing to the maintenance 😉
  3. 3-2-1 Exercise plan – 3 cardio sessions, 2 weight sessions and 1 yoga session each and every week.

Two weeks in and it’s all going great guns. Focus is a great word for muttering under your breath… must be the F? Also, I’m amazed at how much work gets done when not Alt-Tabbing between a dozen apps and brower tabs. Hmmmmmm.

Apologies to the Up & Runners for having already been subjected to a version of these ramblings on the Forum! 😉

32 thoughts on “My word for 2013

  1. I really like this word of year idea and will do this too I think. Focus is a great word and I don´t think I could come up with a better one. Seeing that I am reading your blog and commenting rather than doing the literary research I should be doing for my dissertation…

  2. I like that idea very much.
    Thinking about what I’m wanting to achieve this year and the word that leaps, naked and fire twirling, to the front of my mind’s eye is the word consistent.

    I’d like to do less haring off after wild/bright/shiny ideas, less yo-yoing with my time spent exercise, less starting something and not finishing it…you know be more consistent. That’ll be my word for the year. And not consistency..because the first thing I think of is textures with that word rather than the act of being consistent. 😉

  3. I have a yoga instructor who has us choose a word at the start of class. Sometimes we say the word to ourselves, sometimes we quickly go around the room and say them out loud.

  4. My word for 2013 is forgiveness. Forgiveness for myself first and then others. I am so hard on myself about everything. Weight I have put back on one more time, things I said I wanted to do, but didn’t, etc…The list seems endless for the things I beat myself up over. So this year I am trying to have more love and compassion for myself and that starts with forgiveness.

  5. I really like this idea too! 2013 will be my year to BELIEVE.

    Believe in myself. Believe in my capabilities. Believe that I can achieve what I set out to do. Believe in the support and guidance that I receive from those around me.

    Thanks for sharing this Shauna.

  6. that’s brilliant! My phrase of the year is WORK HARD. No more lame too sad too overwhelmed too tired…I ccan still do stuff while I have those feelings, and likley as not I will feel better for having got something done

  7. Ooh that is a good idea. I am having trouble choosing just one though… and also worrying that if I choose one thing to focus on I might choose poorly, or I will forget everything else, which is a bit ridiculous. So maybe my word should be ‘relax’.

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  9. As I was doing my year-end recap a couple of weeks ago I realized that I need to prioritize. I have a lot of great opportunities right now and too often I’m getting distracted and not taking enough advantage of them. So my word for 2013 is PRIORITY. When I find myself staring down the barrel of 500 unread articles in Google Reader, I have to think: is this the most valuable use of my time? Is this a PRIORITY? The obvious answer is no, which lets me mark all as read and go on my way.

  10. My word this year is “progression.” I get too overwhelmed with some of my big goals and end up paralyzed into inaction. It’s time to truly acknowledge and implement the knowledge that it will take many small, achievable steps to get them accomplished!

  11. I am new to your blog and it is amazing, congrats on all the successes you have had over the years. I also love your idea of focusing on a word at the beginning of the year instead of make tons of resolutions that will be hard to keep. Mine for this year is: live in the Now. 4 words, but short enough. I find that I spent so much time reliving the pain of the past or being scared of the future that I lived in constant anxiety, all the time. And yes, that would make me eat junk food. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  12. I have a word of the year too – in fact I may have stolen the idea from you…?! My word for this year is Balance – I need a better work / life balance and ho hum I guess I should apply that to food as well! I’ve also carried my word from last year forward and that’s Boldness. So Balance and boldness. Go me!

  13. I agree with the benefits of getting on your morning ranty pants! I know the Artist’s Way advocates long hand but have you seen this site: ? I love it for the silly little badges it gives out and knowing that no one is accidentally going to pick up my book and read my stream of consciousness tyrades!

    PS – have been lurking at both your blogs for a shamefully long time. So, um, hi and thanks for all the inspiration and chuckles!

    • CLAIRE! Hello and thanks for saying hi! I use 750words for my pages, isn’t it great? I LOVE the badges! I just hit 100K and waiting eagerly for my Flock badge. Anything for badges eh? 🙂

      • I’ve been pouring through the stationary shops and back to school sales trying to find a lockable notebook that takes more than a bobby pin to break into!

        Was almost ready to buy a tiny safe to stash my ramblings in….well, my eventual ramblings once I’d procrastinated my way into finding a safe spot for them.

        Looks like 750 words will do the trick instead! No more procrastinating now! Ta very muchly!

  14. Glad to see that I am not the only one with multiple browser tabs. I currently have 3 browsers open with about 5 tabs on each. Plus twitter. Plus email.

    All this means I flit around a lot, accomplishing precisely nothing. I think I need to focus too!

    • I can SO relate to this with you and Shauna, too. My husband gets on me all the time about having numerous browser tabs open. I need to work on that, for sure! It will probably help me accomplish some of those other goals. 😀

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