Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions and What I do Instead
I know, I know, enough with the New Year posts already. It seems like everyone’s making resolutions and getting down to the gym. I absolutely hate New Year’s Resolutions.
And I’ll tell you why.
Because in a word, they’re bullsh*t. Its not about making one off resolutions but about long term change. The problem I have with the whole concept of New Year’s resolutions is that they are very much of the moment. In the past, I started them with good intentions and then a few weeks in, I’m back to my same old routine. I’ve learnt that it isn’t about trying to change everything all in one go.
Today I’m sharing some of the ways I plan to split up huge resolutions into bite-size and manageable chunks. For me, they seem less overwhelming and there is more chance I’ll actually stick to positive change.
It’s All About The List
First up, write a list of the following things:
The things you want to change.
Stuff that makes you happy.
And stuff that doesn’t make you happy.
Goals you want to achieve.
Places you want to go.
Segment Those Lists
Now you have your lists, you can segment them up.
So for example, you may want to get fit this year. If you’ve not exercised before then heading out for a 5k on New Year’s day probably isn’t the brightest idea. But a walk is a good idea. And incorporating a new habit into your daily routine is a lot more achievable than all of a sudden putting pressure on yourself to run a marathon.
I think half the problem with change is actually taking that first step into the unknown. Once you’re past that hurdle, the change becomes normal and then routine.
Break it Down
Take a look through your lists and think about ways to break them down.
If we focus on the “getting fit” resolution, we could break it down into a number of ways:
I aim to walk for ten minutes each day during my lunch break
I aim to go to the gym just once per week to start and then two weeks I aim to step that up to twice per week.
For me, it’s about finding manageable chunks that fit my day-to-day routine and commitments.