It’s so disappointing to get to the end of the day and find that nothing on my To-Do List has been checked off. New Year’s is the same way for me. Deciding on January 1st to workout everyday is a recipe for shame and disappointment on January 5th. Or sooner. So this year, I’ve decided to think of some New Year’s Resolutions that are easy. It’s like adding “eat breakfast” to your to-do list, just so you can have the sense of accomplishment.
1- Something you can automate… This one’s great. Say you want to give more money to charity in 2016. There are handfuls of non-profits that will happily take money from your bank account without any action required on your part! Try supporting a kid through World Vision– it’s only $39/month and they send you cute pictures and drawings every year.
2- … or do ahead of time. Want to cook at home more? Spend a day a month making meals you can pop into your freezer for easy dinner prep. Pinterest has some great ideas.
3- Something you know you’ll do anyways. If you are tired of your roommate constantly asking for help with their pet, or your spouse asking for backrubs, just go ahead and include it in your Resolutions. That way, at least you’ll have some sort of sense of accomplishment when you do what you would have inevitably done anyways.
4- Something that you actually want to do. One of my goals for 2016 is to spend a week relaxing and reading at the beach. Not a hard resolution to get motivated for.
5- Something you’re required to do... Like, “renew tabs” or “pay rent”. Sure, you have to do it anyways, but that only means you’re guaranteed to succeed! Plus, wouldn’t be nice to get to the end of the year and say, “I successfully made 12 payments on my student loans in 2016, and in 2017 I will file my taxes by April 17th!”
6- … or that only occurs once. Make a resolution to take your neice to the Nutcracker next Christmas, or your partner to that fancy restaurant- those things that, in 2015, you thought “I should have done this but now it’s too late”. That way, you’ll remember to buy tickets/make reservations/get everything planned ahead of time.
7- Something that you already do regularly, but just want to do better. Go ahead, take time to separate lights and darks before you do laundry this year. You only live once.
8- Something you want a good excuse for. This one’s probably my favorite. People respect New Year’s Resolutions more than they do whims. There’s a difference between asking your boss for a week off to hang out at home and asking for a week off “because my New Year’s Resolution is to spend more time with my family in 2016.” I’m going to try to use this to get my husband to take me to Hawaii. I’ll let you know how it goes.
9- Something relational. Decide to ask more questions and really listen to the answers. Or resolve to thank your spouse everytime they do the dishes.
10- Something unmeasurable. Here’s the last-ditch resolution: resolve to do something that not one, including you, could possibly measure. “Think about puppies more.” “Be a happier person.” “Take deep breaths.” Easy.
Subscribe to keep up on whether that Hawaii trip ever happens… Hope this helps, and good luck in 2016!