Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work for Me

I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions. I start off in January with perfectly reasonable goals, but since it’s a whole year, I tend to pile on many smaller goals instead of one or two big projects. Unfortunately, my attention span does not last 12 months. Over the past three years, my life lasted in cycles of three to five months. AKA: one semester. What a magical length of time. It starts hopeful and energetic, then goes through a period of dull drudgery, and ends with one final, exhausted push.

Therefore, I’m only making goals for the next five months. Here they are:

  • Read or get rid of all the books I own and haven’t read yet, including ones I borrowed. This is a carry over from last fall when I decided not to buy any new books until I finished all I hadn’t read. I made some serious progress, and I’m down to about seven.
  • Workout 75 times in five months. That works out to an average of 15 workouts each month, or only half the days. Without homework in the way, I think this is completely doable. I will count going to the gym, yoga, horseback riding or anything in between. The point of this is to continue consistently working out.
  • Cook five new recipes. That means that at least once a month, I’m going to cook something new and interesting.
  • Travel to one new state. Hopefully I’ll end up visiting both New Mexico and Louisiana, but this will help keep me on par for my vague goal to visit 25 states by my 25th birthday.
  • I also want to write at least one new blog post every week.
  • I also have a few goals involving paying off some of my student loans before the grace period ends to avoid some of the interest charges over the next ten years. Maybe sometime I’ll delve into the world of student loans on this blog, but for now I’ll leave it at that.

What happens if I finish all these goals? Absolutely nothing. And if I don’t? Absolutely nothing. Maybe that’s why I like new goals. They give me a chance to evaluate where I want to go in the next few months and how I want to get there.

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