Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Katy over at Non-Consumer Advocate makes a great point about New Years Resolutions -- many resolutions make people feel bad about themselves in order to work.

You might know that I make New Year's Resolutions every year, corresponding to the last two digits of the year (for example, 10 in 2010, 9 in 2009, 8 in 2008, etc. -- 2011 gets 11 but I think 2012 will have 2!). I've been doing this for almost twenty years with my best friend.

I try to set goals that are achievable but a little challenging. I try to pick things that I'm striving for anyway -- rather than "get fit" or "look hot" things like "take the stairs whenever possible". I'm also ok with abandoning goals at any point, which seems like it's not worth the effort -- but it is! My resolution to do 7 minutes of yoga a day fizzled quickly when I realized how much I hated the program I'd picked. Instead, reviewing that once a month let me remember that I wanted to be more fit, and I wound up doing something every day to be more active. I lost almost ten pounds seemingly just by thinking about this resolution once a month.

I love the idea of starting over with a clean slate, of setting intentions for the year ahead. I'm not interested in resolutions that require me to buy something in order to meet them. But I do like goals to strive for.

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? How do you make sure you can keep them? Or are you okay with letting them go at some point during the year?

Don't fret -- a post with my 11 resolutions for 2011 is coming up!

3 comments:

  1. I've got two goals for 2011: pay off all of my student loans with EdFinancial ($9,600 including interest) and work toward a healthier, more active lifestyle. I'd like to get into a gym habit after our work exercise competition is up, but I don't want to quantify the challenge by saying "lose 20 pounds." Getting healthy is going to be the goal, not losing weight. I can't wait to read about your goals! :)

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  2. I make goals, moreso than "resolutions"... things I strive for I guess. But nothing insane.. LOL!!! I think I have about 5 or 6 goals for this year... plan on tweaking & posting soon!

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  3. I do try to make at least one Resolution for the year. I haven't really had a system to check for me keeping them and I usually abandon them by the end of February. Last year, I made personal "goals" on the blog and I had a monthly update. That allowed me to keep those things in check. Maybe I'll do the same again this year.

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