I’m not usually the kind of person who makes new year resolutions. They’re just so… abstract and unattainable.
Lose weight? Travel? I’m not great at following through on big, long-term goals like that. Every year I make goals like stop hoarding or read a book a week. But I take a lot of naps and eat entire boxes of Cheez-Its in one day. I can’t aim that high.
What I need more than big resolutions and goals are motivators and routines, so that the things I need to do aren’t huge looming responsibilities.
Instead of a list of new year resolutions, I’m making new semester resolutions. They’re smaller steps with a shorter timeframe, and I’m concentrating on what has immediate consequences for finishing or failure. Don’t drop out or you’ll be stuck at your awful day job forever and keep a daily checklist or you’ll forget to pay your rent on time. Things that are useful and easily done.
Hopefully knowing what will happen if I do or don’t accomplish something will give me some perspective and motivation to actually do it.
Instead of big goals like get all As and don’t procrastinate, I’m focusing on what really matters: surviving the semester.
- don’t drop out
- don’t skip class (too much)
- turn stuff in on time
- befriend at least 1 person in each class
- take advantage of campus resources
On Monday, I have an interview for a new job within the company at Job #1. It means more responsibility and more hours, but also a much better pay check, benefits, and a nicer work environment.
I also have two other jobs, plus I want to write and blog regularly–maybe even make writing a primary source of income (unlikely, but still nice to dream about).
Finding a good work-school-sanity balance will be key this semester.
- meet deadlines
- finish things
- write and publish/submit at least 1 short story every 2 months
- don’t become underemployed
- know when to turn down a job and take a personal day
I’ve been doing pretty okay with managing my hoarding tendencies, but it still needs work. I made a checklist of things to do so I can kick-start my routine, so I just need to get off my butt and follow through with it.
- keep a daily planner and routine
- keep things clean and organized
- pay off personal debts
- cook more meals and drink more water
- stop impulse buying things
The sanity-part of my work-school-sanity balance needs a little attention. I let a lot of self-care go last year and basically turned Netflix and naps into my only forms of decompressing from a long day of work and class. I want to be happier and well-rested
- read 1 book per month
- track my online and book reading lists better
- be more confident
- be a good hipster and keep up with new music
- move in to an apartment I like
What are your resolutions? What does it take for you to actually accomplish them?
I hope everyone has a great new year and new semester!