I've never really been very good at making or keeping New Year's Resolutions but this year I've decided to give myself twelve. I've decided that sticking to one resolution all year round isn't worth it, we're under so much pressure to stick to our resolutions that life often gets in the way and we fail. People often choose to stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol and to stop eating junk food but if you enjoy these things, it should perhaps be a case of 'everything in moderation' rather than 'stop completely'. A a slice of pizza isn't going to kill you, neither is the odd cigarette (thinking of my SO) or glass of wine. Taking responsibility for your self is more important than trying to prove something to yourself. New Year's Resolutions shouldn't cause a person to feel guilty or unhappy, they're about embracing the New Year in a more positive way. I definitely could do with eating less sugar but I don't plan on cutting it out of my diet completely. Self-imposed guilt, shame and a generalised sense of failure isn't something anyone wants so why encourage this by making a resolution you can't keep? Why would you buy a gym membership if you don't like leaving the house or being around strangers? There are ways to set goals for yourself which are achievable and stress free.
This year (2016) I have decided to set myself a monthly goal, one thing I plan on changing every month.
January: Drink more water, four pints a day.
February: Twenty sit-ups, before bedtime.
March: Eat breakfast, every morning.
April: Eat off smaller plates, three times a day.
May: Meatless, no meat for a whole month.
June: Fruit and vegetables, at least one portion a day.
July: Treat yo' self, at least once a week (my birthday month).
August: Write more, at least one post a week.
September: Read more, at least one book a week.
October: Learn something new, once a week.
November: Cook one soup, every week.
December: Go out more, to somewhere other than work or university.
I searched for a short-term goal tracker and found a great free download via The Project Girl. The tracker contains six goals on each sheet so I printed two, thus creating a twelve month plan. I then did a couple of Pinterest searches and came across some ideas as to which goals I should set myself each month. Within the main goal, there are four mini goals (which could be a mini goal a week), I feel as though these will no doubt help me to successfully accomplish my resolutions efficiently.