I have tried resolutions.
This is how it typically goes: I try to decide what I should resolve, what my plan should be and if I should start on New Year’s Day, or wait a week or two to let all of the non-serious resolutionists fall off the bandwagon. I might even get my resolutions down on paper, with an amorphous plan for how I am going to accomplish these goals and an unspecified start date. Problem is, the start date rarely gets specified and pretty soon March rolls around and I decide I might as well wait until next year.
This year, I am going to do something different. Daily resolutions. I am going to create a rolling new year–one where each new day is the beginning of another 365 days. Using my trusty Google calendar and existing task list, I am going to specify a few things, each day, that I will accomplish. It might look something like this:
Today I WILL:
- Pack my lunch instead of eating cafeteria food
- Make 3 positive phone calls to the parents of students
- Go for a walk/jog
That’s it. No grand plans. No specific system. Just a few doable goals and the knowledge that the next day is a “New Year.” I like the idea that this might lead to daily reflection on what I have accomplished and what I need to accomplish. Each day will be like New Year’s Eve…but without the confetti and hoopla. That is my plan and I’m sticking to it.
Happy New Year to all!