New Years Resolutions. Awesome in concept, terrible in practice.
Working out 6 days a week.
Drinking 8 glasses of water every day.
Taking a 15 minute walk at work every day.
Saying good morning to your co-workers.
Using recipes to cook awesome meals every night of the week.
Making your bed every morning.
Whatever yours might have been - I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you have already failed at least some of them in these first 7 days of 2016. If you haven’t, my apologies, and congratulations - you’re a superhuman.
This year I made no New Year’s resolutions. I didn’t make them because every year that I have, I failed most of them.
Fundamentally, why do we, as humans, wait for an arbitrary date on the calendar to start changing our habits to live a better life? Shouldn’t we just accept where we are today and work on improving our habits as we go through our daily lives?
Personally, while I haven’t made any specific resolutions, I did remind myself of the things that I can do better, things that I should think about more. That mental reminder without a hard obligation to do some X thing, Y times a week, has been very effective for me.
I’ve started cooking crafty dinners every night and packing lunch for every single work day. I’ve started practicing yoga on a consistent basis, incorporating it into my daily routine. I’ve started being more conscious about my finances. I’ve stopped drinking coffee after 5 PM, which has improved my sleep schedule. Have I skipped a day or two of yoga? Sure. Have I had a cup of coffee once at 7 PM? Yes. But that’s ok, we’re human, and hard-set resolutions will never be 100% effective, so why make them?
Instead of making specific resolutions, set a time daily to reflect on things you should improve on and I think you’re likely to meet your resolutions without even knowing what they might have been. Self-improvement is a journey that doesn’t start and end, it’s ongoing.
Happy New Year! Here’s to more self-reflection, and happier lives.