Pretty much everyone either makes some New Year’s Resolutions or has a particular stance as to why they do not. I thought that I would write some and post them in my blog, but I’ve found that it’s been more helpful to handwrite them so that I can figure out what I’m actually resolving to do.
While 2012 was a good year, it was rough in many ways. By the end of the year, I was completely drained. I’m still suffering the residual effects of stretching myself too thin combined with a nice case of the SADs. I am always tired. It would be hard for me to commit to some “go to the gym” resolution, and I wouldn’t want to be at a gym with a bunch of other people who made that resolution because people, ew. In 2013 I want to avoid getting to this point, and hopefully be able to start 2014 off in a much better place.
Debbie Downer, much?
My New Year’s Resolutions in my journal read like a manifesto. In one sitting, I wrote five pages. It’s not enough to simply have a big over-arching goal like “eat healthier.” That’s not attainable. It’s too general and too easy to talk myself out of it. That can serve as a header and then subheadings will be things like “cut back on then cut out Taco Bell.” This will be the year that I say goodbye to the Volcano Burrito if I obey my own rules. These smaller goals will help me get there—miniature to-do lists with timelines. If I feel like I need some accountability, maybe I will share them.
The last time I set small goals, I did pretty well. I was also unemployed and could dedicate a lot more time to bettering myself. Perhaps one of my headings for 2013 should be to focus on finding that work/life balance. Blog more. Write more. Read more. Etc.
But I’d rather take longer than a few days to think about changes and make plans for change then come up with a list of things to set myself up for failure.