I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, as you probably knew from the title of this post. The main reason? My self-improvement doesn’t just happen at the beginning of the year. That’s the main reason. Seriously, I need to improve year round, not just in January. So I actually try to make resolutions throughout the year, as needed. Do I stick to them? Rarely. But at least I don’t have that feeling of failure in March.
Now that being said, I do like a fresh start, and I can understand the appeal of beginning something in January. My reading list is a good example of that. I like to set a goal of reading a certain amount of books in the calendar year. (In 2011 I wanted to read at least 100, I read 113 books.) I also love a good list and being able to cross off items, so an achievable goal list is like candy to me.
Trying to lose weight? January is a great time to start logging and calculating, and it’s nice to go back in a few months to see what changes you might have made.
I guess my point is that there is a difference, at least to me, between resolutions and goals. Goals can encompass all sorts of things I want to accomplish. Resolutions are traits and aspects of my self, my living, and my world that I feel I need to change or work on. That’s why I don’t like doing them in January. Sometimes I do need a change in January, but I might also need to do something in June and July.
I have a goal to blog more, now that crappy 2011 is over with. I have a resolution of trying to be more vocal in my thoughts and feelings and to write about them on here, and to remember the joy I get from posting. I’m a sporadic blogger, and I’m ok with that.