Tuesday, January 5, 2010
A New Year, a new Goal (or 6)
I've come up with 6 reasonable New Year's Resolutions. I'm starting small here, and hoping for a little success to motivate me to keep going. Of course, I'd love to exercise every day and eat home-made healthy lunches consistently, but for now, I'm letting myself change slowly.
I'm even going to be a little bit OCD and print these resolutions out and tape them in the front cover of my calendar, where I'll see them each day. I did that with my priorities list once, and I think it made me work harder to do what I wanted to do during that year. Anyway, here are my first 6 resolutions for this year of my happiness project:
MY HAPPINESS RESOLUTIONS:
1. Learn Something: Read in Spanish at least 15 minutes 5 times per week.
2. Be social: Start a girls’ night by June.
3. Really listen: Interview at least 5 past clients about happiness amidst struggles.
4. Cut the chaos: Tidy up the house for 10 minutes each night, every night.
5. Exercise: Dance with Flannery on Mon, Wed, Fri afternoons.
6. Eat Well: Bring a lunch on Tues/Thurs.
I'm trying to make these measurable goals so that I'll know if I've met them or not. Some years, I have resolutions like "Exercise more" or "Eat healthier foods". While these sound like good goals, they're too nebulous for me, and I don't like feeling unsure if I'm meeting them or not. Maybe that's why I haven't really kept resolutions all that well in the past. This year, I'm going to be specific and push myself to do exactly what my goal says, and more if I can.
What resolutions have you made this year? Do you make broad sweeping goals or smaller more conservative ones?