Five habits for 2021

New Year, old me (oil on canvas). A selfie I did last month.

I lost my way in 2020, as I’m sure a lot of people did. I had thought that I would get though the year by sticking to good habits of reading, writing and painting, and that I would somehow avoid panic-reacting to every crisis. We got through the year in one piece, but somehow the good habits fell by the wayside.

There’s every indication that 2021 will be a challenging year too for me, so this year I want to make habits that will serve me well, by being fun, flexible and doable. And here they are:

3 daily habits: Read something; write something; draw something.

1 weekly habit: Paint something.

1 monthly habit: Publish something.

Happy New Year, y’all.

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Patrick Sherriff is an Englishman who survived 13 years working for newspapers in the US, UK and Japan. Between teaching English lessons at his conversation school in Abiko, Japan, with his wife, he writes and illustrates textbooks for non-native speakers of English, releases Hana Walker mystery novels, short stories, essays and a monthly newsletter  highlighting good fiction published in English about Japan. Saku’s Random Book Club is his latest project to spend more time with books.