It’s 5:38 am, New Year’s eve, and my roommate woke me up about an hour ago when he stepped in, and I haven’t been able to fall back asleep since, so I figured what better time to make New Year’s resolutions than the morning before we all switch calendars.
In 2010 I had one resolution, and it was an utter failure. It was the same one 70% of the population makes: Go to the gym more. This is just an awful, lazy resolution people make. I hate the gym, I know this very well, and I don’t know why I ever bother trying different gyms, or pretend like I enjoy it. Gym fits in somewhere with school in my life. I just don’t like the way it is structured, and I enjoy doing things on my own much more than the planned curriculum. The only reason I made the resolution was that I wasn’t happy with the amount of physical exercise I was getting, and because it was a convenient resolution to make at like 2am on New Year’s day. So this year I’m making my resolutions in advance and making them more realistic. I’m also going to try to keep more than one this year. I figure if I make several, maybe I’ll stick with at least one of them.
- Blog at least one time a week. In 2010, and most years prior, I’ve been terrible at keeping up this space. I doubt anyone would read this if I didn’t post the links to Facebook each time. I don’t care to build up a huge following, but I do want to write more. The plan is to write a couple of posts whenever I get the urge to write, and then deliver them out once a week, or more if I have a huge cache. My sister is blogging these days, and she puts out one a day. I figure I can do at least one a week.
- Plan at least 2 meals a week, and make them! Too much ordering in this year, and it would be terribly stupid for me to try to arbitrarily limit my ordering in, so I will do the reverse. Cooking without a plan is a terrible idea, since you won’t shop for anything in particular and will end up with a fridge full of food you can’t combine into anything delicious. So in 2011, I will plan out two meals a week, and prepare them. Hopefully this will also mean less trips to Subway at lunch…I know the guy there will miss me, but he will survive. I hope.
- Do not step into a gym! Instead, do a fun physical activity at least twice a week. I’ve recently bought skates, and was given a squash racquet. So right away I have no excuse to not do to fun things a week, which will keep me in shape. Because physical fitness is habit forming, as long as I can keep this up for six months, I figure more lofty goals can be accomplished. Baby steps.
- Maintain and keep a loose budget. I’ve also been interested in tracking my spending, but I’ve never committed to actually keeping a budget. I really like numbers, so the stats that I can glean from this should be fun, and I figure I will learn some interesting things about myself in the process, and save some money for that boat I want.
- Detach from my cell phone. This is probably the most difficult one to both admit and execute. I’m not sure exactly when this happened, or why, but I’ve started to use my cell phone (and no, I will not refer to it by its name!) as a bit of a social clutch. If I feel uncomfortable in some social situation, or if my mind is wandering, I’ll pop out my cell and do something. It’s just too easy to distract myself from something that is going on, and to not give someone the full attention they deserve. Parts of this are work related, so this resolution also implies that when I am in a social situation, that I am not working. I need to learn to shut off better, and while I know I won’t ever be able to fully turn off my mobile life, I can limit it, and I will.
I can think of a lot more things, but I think this is a good start. Maybe these aren’t really resolutions, but are instead a set of loose goals, either way…the beginning of the New Year is a great time to set some expectations for yourself, and a good starting point for any changes you want to make.
So, watch this space for weekly entries, and I look forward to letting you all know about progress in the New Year.