Random Observation/Comment #492: Don’t set low expectations to not get disappointed – set realistic ones and stick to a plan.
Based on no facts and research: the top new years resolutions usually involve getting more healthy, spending more time with family, meeting true love, or taking more awesome vacations. It’s what we all put as the top generic things we need to maintain in order to reach happiness.
Makes sense, but let’s be real. We’re going to buy those gym memberships, yoga class coupons, and new running shoes, and only use them for 3 weeks before giving up and spiraling into an eating depression. How do you avoid this? Set smaller incremental changes to make the bigger difference:
- Call your parents twice a week
- Eat a salad for lunch twice a week
- Cook dinner twice a week
- Be sober twice a week (this is hard for frequent happy hour goers)
- Do 50 jumping jacks and 30 push-ups before jumping into the shower
- Work out at least once every 3 or 4 days (Don’t forget to stretch!)
- Go to sleep before 11pm 4 times a week
- Tell a new joke you’ve heard once a week
- Have a #coffeechat with someone new once a week
- Send a message to a friend you haven’t spoken to in 3+ months once a week (maybe someone who liked one of your posts or has an upcoming birthday?)
- Read a new #getabstract summary once a week (takes 10 min max)
- Re-evaluate the status of your main responsibilities and deliverables once a week
- Re-evaluate your 3-5 month goals once a month
- Talk to your boss about your goals once every 3 months
- Attend a networking event twice a month (even if it’s just for 45 min)
- Don’t drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day
- Tell your significant other or best friend you love them once a week
- Eat less sweets during the week (maybe give yourself a treat if you worked out that day)
- Learn a new word in a language you know or want to learn twice a week
- Try an “offline day” once a month (put your phone on airplane mode for 18 hours)
- Fold a piece of origami once a month (could be a paper airplane or a little crane. It’s soothing, plus you probably got origami paper for Christmas/Chanukah)
- Do a crossword or some type of mental puzzle once a week
- Draw something (a doodle, stick figure, or whatever you want) once a month
- Make a list once a month
- Subscribe to fewer mailing lists!
- Plan a vacation once every 3 to 4 months
- Plan an activity (other than dinner or movies) with your significant other once a month
- Watch a TED talk once a week
- Write a blogpost or journal or reflection piece (published or private) once every 2 weeks
- Receive/give a hug at least once every 3 or 4 days
I more or less do this already, but this is a nice and easy start if you’re lacking in any of these categories. If you’re doing all of these already then, Good job! I think you’re relatively healthy and productive. Stretch yourself and aim higher!
~See Lemons Resolved
i like your style. Realistic and kind.
Thanks! Still trying to figure out a style, but I like lists.
furry and smiley. 🙂
My parents bought me that “selfie stick” so I could do more of these during my vacations 🙂