Every year I ponder whether I should put together my New Year’s Resolutions. I sit down with pen and paper and come up with the usual, “Lose weight,” “write every day,” “exercise more,” etc. You know the drill. Those vague resolutions that eventually fail and then make you feel bad about yourself? We’ve all been there, right?
One thing I found extremely difficult to keep up with was the “exercise more” especially when I lived in New York. It’s hard to get out and exercise when it’s snowing and blowing and I was never much on team sports — which I consider a gym to be.
As for the “write every day” I do that because I write for a living; what I need to do is be more specific in my “writing” resolution. How about something like, “take at least 30 minutes a day to write something for my own edification or for publication, etc.” This goal is more concrete.
I do want to exercise more (what does that mean? I have to be more concrete with that detail); I will write at least 30 minutes a day purely for myself.
There is a new site I discovered called Schemer and I do have a few schemes in there that I hope to accomplish this year. Is a scheme any different from a resolution? Probably not. Will I be held accountable by anyone other than myself? Not likely.
Are you a resolution setter?