2008-01-02 09:13 pm (UTC)
My New Year's Resolution was giving up radio buttons. I didn't make it that long.
You, me and 42 other people at current count. Good thing I don't believe in resolutions ;-)
I'm cutting myself some slack to the end of the week in which New Year's Day appears. Next Monday for sure. Really. Yep. Uh huh. :)
I like resolutions, but I refuse to start them in January. It just seems like setting yourself up for failure! For example, I started going to the gym in late September. I've been keeping it up since then. However, I am annoyed by the increase in people at the Y this week, so I fear it may deter me from going if I have to wait forever for machines.
March should be safe again.
I hope so. My big focus is doing some sort of activity for 30 minutes at least 2x a week. While that isn't enough to affect change, it makes me emotionally feel better.
2008-01-04 06:13 pm (UTC)
I've been tricking myself into exercising by riding the bus. There's a half-mile walk from work to the stop I need, plus other walking between buses and home. It works because my good intentions only have to last long enough to get me on the bus in the morning.
Helps that taxis aren't common in the suburbs where I live and work.
I also rationalize that my (subsidized by work) bus pass is cheaper than a gym membership.
Don't worry, it dies down again in a couple of weeks.
I shouldn't nay-say other people, but I just wish they would get the heck off the weight machines I need to use! :D
I love how at the moment, the votes are almost a triangle: 0, 1, 3, 7, 9, 10 :)
Last year my resolution was to stop drinking soda, so that was a stroke-of-midnight kind of resolution.
I prefer to make goals, so those can start whenever, as long as they're completed (or I at least tried to complete them) by Dec 31.
If you had done ticky boxes, I'd have checked the last three...
I decided to eat and drink and lay around too much yesterday.
I'm a bit more "resolved" today ;) because it's a "regular" day.
Yeah, I thought about ticky boxes, but people have to choose, darnit!
Just finished working out myself - go me!
I don't think making resolutions and working to keep them is stupid or a waste of time, but it seems the closest choice for me.
I think resolutions should be made whenever the resolver feels ready, to take effect at a time and in a way that helps the resolver succeed. For some people, that's instantly on the stroke of midnight of a new year. For me, it's any time I've reflected on the issue and need to take action on my widsom/knowledge/intention.
That is a good way of approaching it.
Part of mine starts tomorrow, since I need to go to the store tonight to buy the item which will help me keep it (diet journal). Part of it I started last week, since I was awake anyways (exercise). But generally, if you're going to have a new year's resolution, you should start it on a day that's reasonably comfortable for you. So long as you pick your day, and stick with it.
Which reminds me... I still owe you a spaghetti sauce recipe.
Yes, you do!
I actually started a bit early myself this year, what with taking the games off my computer before the 31st.
I don't make resolutions, because I know they just stress me out and put a lot of pressure on me. I much prefer to make a list of things that I want to do in the upcoming year, and compare it to the list of things that didn't happen in the previous year that I had wanted to happen. As long as the first list is longer than the second list, then I feel like I'm doing okay.
I'm trying to make more realistic resolutions now, for those same reasons. I like your list idea, though.
I don't really make any effort to keep it realistic when I make my list, but I think that's partly because the things I do in any normal year keep getting less realistic as I go. XD Considering my career goal is to be an opera singer, my idea of realistic is a bit skewed compared to most people my age.
But yeah, I was feeling a little sad last week until I made my list and realized that not only did I learn and perform a very difficult opera role, I also traveled to Germany and prepared an hour recital, including several quite difficult pieces, in five different languages, just this year. So I felt a lot better about myself then. XD
I also think it helps that some of the things on my list this year have been in the works for a couple weeks already, so the burden lightened in that respect as well.
Edited at 2008-01-02 11:35 pm (UTC)
You did indeed have a very accomplished year. That's awesome. And a good way to feel better about yourself.
I don't have to worry about that since I don't focus on individual resolutions. I choose a theme for the year, and let that guide me. Ideally, it should be a song lyric...
Since I'm trying to be more bold, how about "Let's Get Loud"?
That's an approach I've never heard of before. Interesting!
I ended up voting for the last option whereas I think that Resolutions are a stupid waste of time. But before I saw that option, I was going to vote for January 2nd unless it falls on a Friday or weekend. Because really, people should be allowed to stretch out the holidays as long as they can get away with.
I've given up making resolutions. Instead I indulge the superstition that what you do January 1 is what you'll do all year.
Wow, I'm glad I don't have that superstition or my year would be "sleep most of the day, play Rock Band and go out drinking." I would be broke and homeless within 3 months! ;-)
I think you should do whatever works for you. For most people, that means the first is going to be a break day. Or possibly a day to start easing into new habits. One of my relatives decided for some reason to start her new diet Christmas Eve, which just seems to be demanding failure. I stayed on my diet plan over the holidays, but in a more relaxed form - general guidelines were still followed, but I didn't stress if I wasn't able to get a given days exercise in or had an extra dessert while traveling. Since I'm still traveling this week, my exercise routines will be fully re-established once my daily routines are as well, which probably means next Monday.
Of course, I also think goals or resolutions work best if they're not black and white - "I'm going to cut back on caffeine", not "I'm not going to drink any". A goal that allows a little slack gives you permission to get back to it if you slip up once in a while, while a "I'll never/always" goal means that if you mess up once, you tend to see the goal as broken and it's harder to get back to it.
That's how things have worked for me, at any rate. Others may have better luck with cold turkey resolutions.
I think your more realistic approach has a higher chance of success.
That's very similar to my approach. I will walk a little more each week rather than "I RESOLVE TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!" It's being sensible and realistic. :D
Despite being the idealistic dreamy daft & silly sort, I am alarmingly sensible sometimes. I'm very ok with starting on the 3rd. Probably because I know my hangover will last throughout the 2nd. :D
I don't know how fond of new years resolutions I am. I guess not very, as they just seem to add an extra layer of guilt that is just one more negative thing which I must endure.
Boosucks to that.
Instead, I shall informally declare a "sensible desire" or 2 (ex get back to exercising regularly but not obsessively, do well in the last of my courses, etc), perhaps make a handful of frivolous declarations (ex watch more movies! enjoy life more!), but I no longer feel the need to make RESOLUTIONS. They feel far too daunting and a bit too final. For example: resolving to lose 50 pounds and then being disappointed when I don't quite manage it by February, despite the fact that of course it's impossible. I'd much rather decide to start walking that extra mile around the block a few days a week (and not beat myself up if I only make it 2 days instead of 4 to start with) than resolve to do my head in by obsessing over resolutions. It's perhaps pedantic, but it works for me, and at the end of the day, I think that's what counts. :-)
Edited at 2008-01-04 01:38 pm (UTC)
I agree, which is why my resolution - giving up solitaire - was one small, concrete thing from which I believe other good things will arise: more time= more exercise/quilting/reading. But I didn't declare "I will work out 6x per week" because I know that stuff intervenes and failure is inevitable.
Even though I think NYR's are a waste of time, I did make one. Just to walk more.
2008-01-04 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Mind you
I'm firmly behind reasonable resolution-making.