by Jay Hiller, December 26, 2022
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.