Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

If you've been playing along, you know I (a) like to make lists (b) like to do things that I think will improve me or result in some sort of growth on my part. I do this throughout the year, not just at the beginning. So really, New Year's Resolutions are just redundant to me. But I do them anyway because of both (a) and (b). My lists often look something like this: 
  1. Exercise more - more yoga, more running, more strength training
  2. Eat healthier - NO MORE SUGAR
  3. Write more - 30 minutes a day!
  4. Watch less TV (somehow convince Mr. H. to get rid of the cable)
  5. Spend less money - only $25 a month on Starbucks. No clothes I don't *need* (e.g. absence of socks without holes in them)
  6. Floss teeth EVERY NIGHT - and by EVERY NIGHT I actually mean EVERY NIGHT
I could go on. Even when I put metrics and time deadlines on my goals, they often don't get done. Sometimes this is because I try to do too many things at one time. Sometimes it's because the goals are unrealistic (I am never going to convince Mr. H. to get rid of the cable). At lot of times it's because I'm lazy or unmotivated or whatever it is that causes humans to procrastinate instead of just doing the shit that they should just do. 

Anyway, this year I had a new idea. Each month I'm going to focus on one of the things I want to do more of/be better at. This month it is exercise. Now truth be told, I already probably get enough exercise. And I'm not trying to over do it. So I do have some specific goals in place, like working on my core. But really I just want to step up my game a little. Run a little faster, be better about not skipping the gym. So I'm taking January to focus on that. Next month I'll focus on something different. That doesn't mean I'm not going to exercise the rest of the year. Just that it won't be my focus. 

As with so many other resolution lists, this all may be for naught. We'll take stock at the end of the year.

Do you make resolutions? How do you resolve to actually achieve your resolutions?

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