OH, RESOLUTIONS. How we’ve become obsessed with making you, breaking you and laughing it all off.
Last year, I put “keep a New Year’s Resolution for an entire year.” on my Life List.
Then, I proceeded to make a resolution. And wouldn’t you know, in 2013, I actually kept it.
You’re dying to know how I did it, aren’t you? (If not, humor me, for a sec.)
When I set out to choose my resolution for the year, I made sure that it would fulfill three major characteristics:
- It was something that I had to actively do every day of 2013.
- It was something that would take less than 5 minutes of my time.
- It was something that I knew would positively impact my day in some way.
Check, check and check. My 2013 New Years Resolution was a resounding success.
Now, you’re asking yourself, “what could it possibly have been?”
I resolved to make my bed every day in 2013.
Yes, it sounds basic and kind of silly. Like something that I should have, if my mother had her way, learned as a ten-year-old. BUT.
It was an activity, it typically took about 3 minutes and the extent of the positive impact on my day has been way more than I ever expected. My room is tidy 90% of the time, I have a semblance of a morning routine and my bedroom has become a sanctuary of sorts for me – peaceful, relaxing, and used almost exclusively for sleeping.
I loved having a resolution that was easy enough to keep going all year. Plus, the beauty of it is that I know I’ll continue making my bed daily despite the year ending, because now, it’s a habit.
This year, I plan to do it again. So I brainstormed a quick list of ideas that fit my three criteria:
- Write in a gratitude journal or memory book daily.
- Floss my teeth every night.
- Give one person a genuine compliment every day.
- Meditate for five minutes every day.
- Leave my desk for lunch every day.
- Take one photo every day.
- Remove my makeup and wash my face every night.
The daily part of this exercise makes picking a resolution somewhat challenging, but I made myself think of habits I wish I had (hi, face washing & meditating) that wouldn’t take a lot of time each day to do.
You might be thinking, “Wow, way to set the bar impossibly low for 2014, you loser.”
To which I would reply, “There’s a difference between resolutions and goals, fool.”
Over the past month, I sat down and worked through a long goal setting process. It was intense, emotional and worthwhile. My goals, probably for the first time ever, are realistic and true to what I actually want. After a lot of thought on the matter, I am not sharing them here – I’m testing the theory that a slightly more personal approach is better for me.
One thing I do want to mention with respect to my goals is that things will change a bit on All Things E. I’ll be posting less frequently (expect to hear from me no more than 3x per week and at least for January, only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the occasional Sunday) and my focus will narrow to slightly fewer topics that make me more amped to share.
2014 is really exciting me. What about you guys? Are you making a resolution this year?