2018 is over, friends, and with it we have a chance to look to the next year and changes we might want to make. This year my wife has embraced the idea of ‘Monday resolutions’ which is the idea that you don’t need to make resolutions once a year but instead look for small changes to make every week. One idea I proposed for that is that we pick one item every weekend to clean … keep it easy and achievable. Maybe just the master bathroom bathtub. Easy, doable, and we don’t get way behind.
Normally I like to think back on the year and how I didn’t read as much as I intended, or I’ll read more next year, or do some self-improvement kinds of activities but …
Let’s be honest. That’s not going to happen.
I am reading very little these days. It’s because my son goes to bed, my wife and I hang out, and then I go to bed. I don’t read before bed, and if I do I read about two pages.
Instead I’ll focus on trying to be a good husband (date nights), father (less time on my phone when the kiddo is around), and employee (more plugged in at work).
But you know what, heck, let’s reach. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake up at 5 to swim. On Wednesday I should wake up early to read. That way I might actually finish the book about raising a 1-2 year old before my son turns 2. What a concept.
Back (apologies for my handwriting!)
The text of the postcard is
We should have a Santa-like figure for New Year’s … The lady on this card! She shows up like a bad Comcast employee, anytime between 6am and 6pm on New Year’s Day and leaves a report card for your New Year’s resolutions. Stern New Year’s lady expects you to PUSH YOURSELF.
Why am I doing this?
Last year my girlfriend (now fiancé) and I wrote down our resolutions or goals for 2014 on pieces of paper that we then put up on one of the walls of her apartment. I can only remember three of my goals and they were ones I felt confident I would meet. The rest served as reminders for all that I did not accomplish. What stunning wall art!
This year the question is … do I tap in to my most ambitious self for the goals of 2015? Or do I put things I feel confident I’ll meet. Why not both?
Confident I’ll Meet
- Read at least 18 books
- Find a way to reduce how much trash I generate
- One example of something I did in this category before: I went from using two paper towels in public restrooms to just one, also if air dryers are available I tend to use those
- I don’t know what I’ll be doing this year to address this … so, brain, get to work
- Cook more (since I’ll be a married man starting at the end of January I will be putting the fancy new dishes and cookware to use)
- Get back to reading other blogs more
Goals I’ll Have to Work For
- Beat my 5k and 10k PRs (and stretch more and better!)
- Finish the first draft of the book I started during the 2013 NaNoWriMo (good thing documents on a computer don’t gather dust …) OR some other book project I have started and not finished
- Experiment with a new dish AT LEAST once every 3 weeks!
- This might not sound hard, but do you know how EASY it is for me to make the same 6 or so dishes over and over?
- Less soda (hopefully this will go hand in hand with cooking more since I usually only get soda if I eat out)
There you go public, and future self for my own reference, the goals/resolutions for 2015!
New Year’s Day is fast approaching and that means I’d better get my resolutions in order. (Despite the fact that I sort of made fun of such things in a previous poem post.)
Last year, as far as I know, the only resolution I wanted and achieved was to reduce how many paper towels I use. After I go to the bathroom at a public bathroom I dry my hands with only one paper towel instead of two. This is simple but it does make a difference. You just spend a bit more time shaking water off your hands before grabbing a paper towel and wha-la, paper towel usage greatly reduced!
This year I would like to do another sort of green thing, as well as the usual personal resolutions which probably won’t happen.
Green resolution: take my Starbucks thermos to Starbucks whenever I go there (usually once a week). This will keep those paper cups I normally use from being used. Just like last year this is very simple but it does make a difference.
The usual litany of personal goals will make up the other resolutions …
- Eat out less (priority number 1)
- Send off query letters (which also means touching up my query letters)
- Write more (finish that book I started for NaNoWriMo)
I am ok with the amount I read this past year for fun, but I could always use more of that. And of course expanding any knowledge I use for work (like by glancing at top coder in my spare time) would be great. But really, the top things are to eat out less and pursue my writing goal more. In November I cut down how frequently I blog so I’m reducing my excuses. Time to act on my goals!
Feel free to write some resolutions you have in the comments! (And yet more goals would be to read other blogs more, and get other people reading my blog more.) I hope you have some achievable and good goals for 2014. Whether resolutions or not, I believe it’s always good to be striving for something.
It’s nice to look to New Year’s Resolutions
As providing “I’ll get to it tomorrow” solutions
But look fast, my friend,
Last year is at an end
That means your resolutions start now
Give them a shot before you disavow
This year – an early bedtime every night!
You’ll be alert and awake and oh-so-bright!
But … that one show’s on late tonight …
And coffee can keep work all right
Ok, well, there’s working out every day!
Co-workers will see me and not know what to say
I’ll need protein with my work-outs, in the form of fillet
But, to properly prepare a fillet
You really need all day
So in my kitchen preparing, and snacking, I will stay!
Besides, working out resolutions are so passé
Eating better, though, that I … I …
Well, I mean, I can try …
(I’m saying that with a sigh
As I kiss Oreos, Doughnuts, and happiness goodbye)
Life’s too short to be un-sated
Be nice to people, animals, and the planet
As for the rest, roll with it