Why I find New Year’s Resolutions helpful

by Jay Hiller, December 26, 2022

Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash

For I’m not sure how long, probably more than 20 years, I’ve made about 4 New Year’s Resolutions each year. I’ve gotten better at writing them over the years and most years I complete about half of them. This year, I completed one out of four, a work related resolution that was important to me for personal reasons. I got lazy about another, which was to work on improving my French and Spanish. On another, to be able to do a full range chin up unassisted, I simply ran out of time. I worked on it consistently, but didn’t achieve it. It will be on the 2023 list. And the last one was just poorly written and not measurable.

I find the concept of having something important I want to accomplish in the year so helpful. It keeps me anchored and keeps me from drifting through my days. I keep them in my phone and have a reminder in there as well to look at them once a week. It is important that they be written as simple and measurable. Work on French 3 times a week for 40 out of 52 weeks is a better goal than Improve French. It’s also easy to track in an app.

Other than the chin up goal, I haven’t decided what to resolve for 2023. It’s fun to decide though and it’s interesting at the end of each year to look back and see how I did.

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