Okay, so I’ve faffed about not making resolutions and instead creating blogs on what I did last year, so now, time to bite the bullet and actually decide what the hell I’m going to do in 2012.
I’ve read and been thinking about Richard Wiseman’s Blog Guide to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions; it’s no secret to friends that I think his approach to, well everything, is amazing.
I’m currently reading Luck Factor, his book on changing and improving opportunities in your life. Don’t worry though, I’m not putting ‘must talk to more people in bus queues’ down as a resolution, but please don’t run away if I do speak to you.
In his blog, he suggests that you should go with one resolution and try not to repeat resolutions from previous years. I’m going to go against this. But what I am doing is reducing the number of resolutions (four instead of last year’s 10 – find out how I did) and taking on board his suggestions that you should:
- Break your goal into steps
- Tell people what you plan to do (that’s what this blog is about!)
- Remind yourself of the benefits of what you’re doing
- Reward yourself as you reach each step (I like this part)
- Keep a progress map of how you’re doing
So, in the interests of keeping Richard Wiseman partially happy…
Resolution 1 – Get fitter: I will do at least two exercise sessions a week
Carrying on from last years’ vague ‘get fit’ resolution, I’m specifically planning to do at least two pieces of exercise a week (this might be swimming, spinning, zumba, abs, or simply more walking).
Each Monday I will plan in my exercise sessions to ensure work/nights out don’t ruin my plans.
Resolution 2 – Lose weight: I will lose three stone by the end of June 2012 *edit by the end of September
This is averaging at about half a stone a month, so difficult, but not completely impossible. Healthy salads, soup and an aim to cut alcohol down from ‘yes, please’ to a couple of nights a week. The exercise will help.
*After properly thinking about this, I fear the three stone by June might be a tad optimistic. I have a social life. I am not doing some stupid faddy diet. I need more time. So, on that basis, aiming for an average of 5lbs per month which takes me to mid September. If I get there quicker, then great, if not, at least I’m not starving myself.
Each Monday I will weigh in and measure recording the details in my diary. I will record my food in the same way, planning my week so as not to be scuppered by pesky socialising!
Benefits of both these resolutions are happier, healthier, slimmer Linda and the opportunity to wear all the clothes currently hidden in a case under the bed. New wardrobe – no cost!
Resolution 3 – Blog more: I resolve to blog at least eight times a month
Look, I’m doing it!
Step 1 – Develop a blog plan for the year. All too often I go to see a show or read a book and I think “I should review that or comment on it”, then life gets in the way. If I plan when key events are coming up and plan to blog about them, the idea is that blogs will happen. Part of the plan will take into account seasonal messages – I missed a whole range of opportunities to blog about grammatically inspiring Christmas gifts.
Step 2 – Have some blog entries ready to go – if it’s a slow week or I’m really too busy, I’ll be prepared!
Benefits of this will be to increase my blog readership, increase my writing skills and prepare me for being lead blogger for the Live Theatre for a month this year. Eek!
You, dear readers, can assess my progress!
Resolution 4 – Read more: I will read at least one book every two months
I probably read about 15 books last year. That’s not a total failure. But I can sense Thrifty Gal over at E for Envelope shuddering as she reached 100 in October. I tend to read in concentrated bursts: five books in a week long holiday, one book on a transatlantic flight. I feel like I should be a bit more consistent in my reading and not have huge gaps between each book.
Step 1 – Reduce the amount of TV watching, Facebooking and faffing I do. This time could be better spent with a book in my hand.
Step 2 – Make sure I have a book with me at all times and choose to read that rather than a magazine, newspaper or facebook on my phone.
Hey if I read all the books I have in my pending pile – I can then buy myself more as a reward!!!
So there it is…
There’s a whole raft of other things I could include in this. But things like improving love life, moving house, moving job etc I haven’t had a chance to think about yet.
The things I’ve chosen, I believe, will make me fundamentally happier, more organised, and thus more likely to tackle those other things along the way.
Happy 2012 everyone – what are you going to do?