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Every year I resolve to get more done, to lose weight and be healthier, to exercise more, to read more, and so on. This year I have one resolution: DON'T GET SICK. No colds, flu, sinus infections or anything else. If I can keep that resolution I will be one happy camper.
Despite the less-than-encouraging statistic that 90% of resolutions fail, I will nevertheless exercise four times a week, read at least 20 minutes a day, and engage in some fun and/or educational activities with each of my three children every day. I'll beat the odds!
Of course, I always renew my plans to exercise more, eat more healthy, and keep a cleaner house! I love making new year's resolutions and planning out a bright new future for myself and my family.
I find I don't make New Year's Resolutions so much as re-focus on initiatives I already have in place. The December traditional holiday season (Christmas and New Years) and the attendant increased social activity can be a bit overwhelming. Couple that with the modified work schedules because of different business hours and such, and one can lose focus of goals (health, career, leisure, hobby, and more) during this hectic time.
Therefore, when everything returns pretty well to normal in the first week of January, I typically put my nose to the proverbial grindstone and tackle projects (work and otherwise) with renewed focus and energy. This is exactly what I am doing this first week of 2013, with a special emphasis on my career goals.
I like to use the new year as a symbolic motivator, thinking of the fresh start as a way to refocus on my priorities. I've started this year working on some fiction, writing letters to family to be posted through the actual mail, and getting some exercise. These are all areas I feel are important.
As I get older, I realize the benefit of acting on my goals as opposed to thinking regretfully about what I am not getting done.
That doesn't translate into constant action. I still spend plenty of time guitily contemplating the things I am not doing that I think I should do...but mentally I am fully aware than fifteen minutes of work on a project/goal is much better than thirty minutes of hand-ringing.
I don't believe in doing New Year's resolutions. I know that there are things that I need to do better in my life, but I feel fake if I say I'm going to start those things because it is the new year. Instead, I believe that whenever we identify something we need to do differently, we should act right away rather than waiting for some arbitrary date on the calendar.
The things I'm working on? Losing weight since I let my weight get away from me a bit. Trying to be sure not to let my emotions get the best of me when dealing with my children. Wanting to work more on a couple of "productive" hobbies (reading non-fiction books, learning a language) rather than "wasting" time.
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