Over the next few days, this will most likely be the series of questions fired at you:
What did you get for Christmas? In fact, what day is it? And finally, what’s your New Year’s resolution?
So, what is your New Year’s resolution:
- Sign out of Snapchat or sign up to Spanish lessons?
- lose weight or find love?
- stop eating animals or buy a French bulldog puppy and call him Willis?
- quit your job or start that online candle business?
Let’s be honest: most of you won’t start the resolution, unless you’re Matt Corby, for a least a week. And if you’re like me, you just can’t start something midway through the month or not on a Monday.
Then that becomes the excuse you use for not getting the resolution off the ground, because you didn’t start it at the start. Or you’ll launch the ‘new you’ on Feb 1, which is better than not at all.
Life does get in the way of starting something fresh. To then make it into a lifestyle for yourself, instead of a hot-headed on-trend knee-jerk keeping up with the crowd flash-in-the-pan brain snap idea, takes a lot of hard work. And we are already working hard at working hard, and more hard work is just more hard work, am I right?
The only New Years resolution I have stuck to was ‘to not drink for a while’, and that was two years ago on Jan 1 2015, so I am nailing that. The rest of the NYRs were more like goals — travel more, learn the trapeze, buy a jet ski.
Are you allowed to have more than one New Year's resolution? Like, can you have a list? I really like lists. I write them all the time. It drives my fiancé nuts but I am a lists person. A New Year's list would work better for me than one main ‘thing’, because I love the sense of achievement you get when you tick something off it.
- Lose two kilos
- Don’t eat grains
- Write a book
- 10,000 steps a day
- Buy dishwasher tablets and a whisk
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This is the grey area, because To Do lists are like goals lists, really, and I’m going through a ‘question everything I’ve been taught’ type phase. So I’m really not sure if man landed on the Moon and I don’t know how effective goal setting actually is and why successful people don’t do it, apparently (according to the Internet, which of course is 100% correct).
The other thing with lists is — and I'm sure I’m not the only 'lists person' who sometimes does this — I add something that's a sure thing. Like 'Go to the gym' when I’ve just been, or 'Call Shaz' when I’ve just left a voicemail.