What? It’s the 25th already? Okay, so I’m a bit later than usual this year, but at least it’s still January. And anyway, everybody knows the Hammerian new year falls on 25 January, so there!
Not buying it, huh? Well you’re welcome to leave.
No, wait! Come back! You know I don’t really mean that. Get a sense of humour, geez!
So, I’ve been thinking about resolutions again lately, and why they’re so damn hard to stick with.
Previously I’d determined that New Year’s Resolutions would be more appropriately be named New Year’s Intentions, as that’s really what they are – a list of stuff we intend to do, rather than a firm, definite decision to do something.
Regardless which word we use for them, they ultimately express a goal, but fail to include a plan how to reach that goal. And we all know that saying: If you fail to plan…
Related to a plan, resolutions also tend to lack any type of timeline for completion. No wonder people give up on them a few weeks (days? hours?) in – how demotivating is it to have no idea how close you are to finishing? A colleague mentioned when discussion resolutions that three-month/90 day projects seem like a very reasonable, measurable guideline, and I’m embracing that idea as well.
So, here’s an initial list of what I plan to do this year:
To become a better writer and (hopefully) (finally) get a first draft of a novel written, I’ll be doing Tim Clare’s Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – a 8-week writing course in podcast format with daily writing exercises to help you get that novel off the ground. I’ve already started with this and should be done shortly after Easter.
I’m going to learn isiZulu. It’s the indigenous language of the region I now live, and the language spoken by the most people in South Africa. And before you say that sounds more like a resolution than a plan, the plan is to buy a language course (currently comparing the options on offer) and finish it. I want to start on this ASAP. Timeline for completion would depend on the course I end up buying.
And that’s it for now. These three things will take me into the second half of the year and help me acquire skills I very much want to have. I’m sure as I finish them I’ll come up with more stuff to take on, but I reckon on top of work, parenting and taking care of my house and garden these are plenty to start with.
How about you? How’s 2018 been treating you thus far? What are your resolutions for the year? (Bonus points if you’re still sticking to them!)