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)
This year I'll start a small number of goals as we start the year, as part of my ongoing blog projects.
- Detox post Christmas (starting today)
- More water and less wine (should be easy but I'm not sure I could do less coffee or tea)
- Cycle - er - 40 miles per week (may need to review that one and increase it)
- More salad and less sugar (also starting today)
- Create a sensible operating model for the company I've created
- Phase from all 'consultancy' work to more 'arty' work
- Link up with a few more friends that are sliding off the radar
- 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...