It’s 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and I’m already trying to make good on one of my resolutions for 2013:
Work on my blog.
And it’s actually not just about blogging more, it’s about blogging better, it’s about figuring out how to improve it, make it more interesting, make it more fun. And that’s no easy task! (I’m partly convinced blogging is on its way out.) But for starters, I just need to get back on track and make this blog a priority.
It hasn’t been easy this year, what with several issues that shut down my blog for days, sometimes weeks. But isn’t that the whole point of a resolution, that it has to be tough?
About half of all Americans say they are at least somewhat likely to make a New Year’s resolution, most commonly vowing to lose weight, quit smoking and exercise more, according to a story in Time Magazine.
And while 65 percent of people who made a resolution kept it for at least part of the year, about a third never even made good on the first day.
It’s not easy to make big changes. I’ve read somewhere that in order to make something a habit, you have to do it every day for a month. So if you want to eat more veggies or start knitting — and those things aren’t already a part of your daily life — you’ll have to work doubly hard to make sure the habit sticks.
So why do we make grand resolutions we’re only likely going to ditch by March?
I’m all for change, but change has to be manageable and attainable. Deciding to run a marathon in 2013, for example, is a great goal, but you can’t do it on Jan. 2. You have to set smaller goals — like running shorter distances and maybe eating healthier — before you can tackle those 26.1 miles.
So maybe it’s more about setting reasonable, attainable — and, let’s face it, fun — goals in 2013. Maybe you’ll be more likely to stick to them.
According to the U.S. Government, here are the most popular resolutions every year:
• Drink less alcohol
• Eat healthy food
• Get a better education
• Get a better job
• Get fit
• Lose weight
• Manage debt
• Manage stress
• Quit smoking
• Reduce, reuse and recycle
• Save money
• Take a trip
• Volunteer to help others
While this list sounds pretty standard, read Time’s story on the Top 10 most commonly broken resolutions and maybe you’ll change your mind. Some of these are on that list! (It’s kind of depressing.)
So here are my five reachable resolutions. Let’s hope I can actually keep them by March!
• Work on my blog
• Write more
• Travel as much as humanly possible
• Learn a new language (and maybe knitting)
• Relax more and not feel guilty about it
So what are your New Year’s resolutions?