I’m a firm believer in always striving for improvement. So naturally, I really enjoy the idea behind New Year’s resolutions. I love how at the beginning of January, everyone envisions the best versions of themselves imaginable. It’s really quite inspiring. But there are few problems with these new year promises that often leave them un-achieved: They are too broad, and often forgotten.
Whenever I hear someone say “My new year’s resolution is to get healthy,” I silently cringe. Personally, I think this is a great resolution, and I’m all for making the year long promise to take care of your body… but more often than not, it never happens. How exactly are you going to achieve this? I might ask, to which they’d reply “I’m going to work out.” Which again, is great, but also quite broad. How is this year going to be any different? Getting in shape is the most unfulfilled resolution among adults. My theory behind this is that there is a strong lack of planning involved. The simple statement “I’m going to work out this year,” might work for the first few weeks, maybe even a month or two, but it’s not a stable plan. These resolutions are often left behind in the early months of the year.
Which is why, for 2014, I’m making a To-Do List for the year. A daily list that as each day goes by, I’ve accomplished 1/365 parts of my resolutions. Instead of Take care of my body it’s Drink 64 oz of water a day/ Run 4 times a week. Instead of Read more books, it’s Read one book a week. See? These are not only more manageable tasks, but it breaks the resolutions down to the day by day mindset most of us have. Plus who doesn’t love checking off tasks on a list?
As an example, I’d like to share my 2015 To-Do list with you guys, and if any of you make your own list, I’d love to see them in the comments as well!