Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year Resolutions

I'm something of a sceptic about New Year Resolutions. It seems strange to only pick a single day to start new goals.

But...I also heard today that people that set resolution goals are ten times more likely to achieve goals in general compared with people who don't.

Or maybe I imagined it?

So last year I managed to do a couple of things:
  • Less 25 by 8 working (thats an extreme form of 24x7) 
  • Increased cycling as a modest exercise 
  • Setting up and getting functional my own small company 
  • Some time for art
  • Continued time for blogging and similar pursuits (although it did splutter towards the end of 2011)
I didn't manage to finish the second book of the Triangle trilogy, nor learn any new tunes on the guitar or banjo.

This year I'll start a small number of goals as we start the year, as part of my ongoing blog projects.

  1. Detox post Christmas (starting today)
  2. More water and less wine (should be easy but I'm not sure I could do less coffee or tea)
  3. Cycle - er - 40 miles per week (may need to review that one and increase it)
  4. More salad and less sugar (also starting today)
  5. Create a sensible operating model for the company I've created
  6. Phase from all 'consultancy' work to more 'arty' work
  7. Link up with a few more friends that are sliding off the radar
  8. Complete 'The Square' novel

The above list is somewhat arbitrary and top of head, but can act as an initial spur. The first four items are also quick to test.

As is my way, I can also think of a few more (read a book a week/ replace the bathroom/ organise the music room/ empty the middle strip of junk from the garage), but I'd rather have a short-ish list and hit a few good ones first.

And, as a helpful cross check, here's the most popular New Year Resolutions (no particular order):
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Eat Healthy Food
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit
  • Lose Weight
  • Manage Debt
  • Manage Stress
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Save Money
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others

Hmm, too many ideas...


Ellie said...

I have some vague sense of what I want to achieve in 2012, but I haven't yet written anything down. I think that should be my first goal of 2012. ;-) x

Pat said...

I think you should be well pleased with what you achieved last year.
Have a happy healthy 2012 and good luck with the resolutions.

rashbre said...

Ellie : A vague sense is a good start although sometimes its also useful to freewheel.

rashbre said...

Pat : You are right of course. I won't take 2011 for granted but do look towards more fun going forward in 2012.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I wish you much good luck with ALL your Resolutions--List #1 and List #2.....And I hope you have lots of fun in 2012, PLUS..Hood Health, Much Happiness and ALL GOOD things, my dear, for you and yours and for all those you love!

Imaginography said...

I don;t do resolutions as a rule either. If I had to though, I would say mine was to be healthier.Oh, and to finally sort out my stuff and get rid of the clutter in my life :) Good luck with yours. I hope you had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for 2012 :)

Lady Banana said...

Not made any resolutions as I will only disappoint myself!

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