i’m in the 8%!
i have literally been obsessing over what my resolution will be for the new year. i have a healthy post-it note board of options, plus a brain-full that haven’t made it to paper.
normally i wouldn’t agonize over such a decision, because, who does? it’s your standard new year’s resolve to try to be better for maybe a month or two. however!! i actually completed my NYR for 2016! the internet tells me that 92% of the people who make resolutions, don’t keep them. so, i’m celebrating this!
in light of the fact that NYR success is possible, the decision becomes more significant. as a non-decision-maker, this leads to the abnormal “agonizing” mentioned in the previous paragraph. there’s just so much room for improvement!
my 2016 resolution was to basically become an adult. more specifically, to do dishes, sweep the floors, and clean the bathroom before bed each night. i know some would cringe at the fact that i wasn’t already there, but we’re all programmed differently! for me, this was an area of self-improvement that i knew i needed to make. it’s been so great to wake up to a house that’s ready for me, instead of being presented with a “to do” list each morning.
as for the daunting post-it note list, i want to tackle it all. i know that it’s too much to focus on, but instead of making cuts to ensure success, i’m going forward with a plan. you may not care to read it, but part of the commitment process involves “telling others”, so here i go!
- bible in a year: daily, and with a friend for accountability (already coordinated).
- blog: basically just take the mental blogs that i write all the time, and actually put them onto the site. aim for once/month, but i’m not going to make up content if i have nothing to say.
- don’t waste food/ meal planning: i’m already a pretty decent meal planner, it’s the “going shopping for the planned meals” part that i have a hard time with. i’ll often grab containers of fruit at costco because i’m already there, but i really only needed 3 apples, not the giganto bag. not sure if that makes any sense to you, but trust me- it translates into food going into the compost bin. action plan: shop for groceries online and go pick them up. make something out of the food about to spoil (like apple crisp!), or don’t buy it at all.
- woodworking: fun fact- i used to be a carpenter. my plan to get back into my shop is pretty simple: schedule one small project each month. i have a pinterest board of things that i want to make, and i feel like setting myself a 2017 goal is just the kick that i need. one of the warmer months will definitely be a “clean out the garage” month if i’m to have any success though!
- music: leave my flute out of its case, and practice 3 times each week. i tell my kids to practice their instruments daily, and i feel like this is something that i can set an example in. also, i plan to buy myself a piccolo at the end of 2017 if i have been successful in this resolution.
- stretch: i already have pretty good habits for waking up and doing daily cardio, and my gym buddy and i are lifting weights thrice a week. so i feel like stretching NEEDS to be added to this schedule if i’m going to be able to stay in it. action plan: add 10 minutes of stretching to each morning workout.
- french: i’ve always wanted to be fluent enough to speak to my french half of the family. i’ve been doing duolingo for a few years now, but i need to make it more of a commitment. action plan: duolingo every week day, 50xp. also, when costco gets the french smart books back in stock, i’m going to buy and work through them. goal: to be able to communicate with our host family the next time our youth group does a missions trip to quebec.
- knit/crochet: i go through phases on this one, and i’m looking to be more consistent. the plan is pretty similar to the woodworking one: pick a project for each month and do it. part of the goal with this one is to be off of my phone when watching a tv show with derek, and to stave off carpal tunnel syndrome.
- home improvement: again, one project per month. some of it will be DIY, and some of it hired out. if you’ve ever been in our home, you’ve seen plenty of half-projects. walls that are drywalled and mudded, but not primed and painted. my goal is to complete our projects.
so there you go. basically broken down into manageable time frames and more set-up for success. the last thing that i have to do is pick out the monthly projects and schedule them, but i have lists and pin boards already made, so it’s just a matter of picking and choosing. the sticky note wall that i just wrote on, will be at the top of the home improvement list :)
what do you think? am i taking on too much and setting myself up for failure? (if someone says “yes” to that last question, you’re basically locking me into success because i excel at being stubbornly defiant!). i absolutely love that i completed my 2016 NYR, and am looking forward to a year of seeing my goals accomplished, and wistful regrets disappearing.
anyone else in the 8% club with me?