The plan was to share this blog last week but I was working on something related to this article only and couldn’t fix it. Read on to see what that was. Of course I got it fixed and learnt something which I have been meaning to ever since I started blogging. I was not sure if it’s still appropriate to share this article as the new year is already eleven days but as you can see I just did !!
As we transitioned into the new year, one thing which many people talked about was new year resolutions. I think people automatically expects you to make NYR. I don’t do NYR anymore. They rarely worked for me. And the truth is most people make the same sort of NYR every year – lose weight, exercise more , adopt a healthy lifestyle just to name a few. And by March or even earlier, they are already failed endeavours.The rest of the year is spent in guilt , feeling terrible about yourself.
There has to be a better way of learning / doing new things in the new year, without feeling intimidated by our own expectations. Although I don’t do NYR, but the following helps me to stay on track to achieve my weekly/monthly goals.
Writing them down. I split my goals into workable weekly goals which are a step forward to my monthly challenges.
Sometimes I split them into short term and long term goals. Then assign a date / month by which I need to achieve those goals.This helps me to be more focussed.
And here is one tip : I’m not very rigid. I don’t aim for a dozen goals at any given point of time. I pick up any one area and focus on that. One at a time.
Call them goals/ habits or resolutions, we need to make only those resolutions which we want to and not what is expected from us.
Having said that, I do have a short list of personal goals for 2016
Try out new things – A local museum, art gallery, park or exploring a neighboring town. Every month at least one place to visit. Doesn’t have to be expensive or traveling far.
Getting my mind into shape – It’s not just our bodies but our minds need to be trained too so that they stay healthy. I enjoy puzzles and word searches. This year I will try to get some coloring books too. Barnes and Noble have some great coloring books for adults.
Learning new things – This will help me to achieve the above mentioned goal too.Can be a new recipe, new craft, dance or language.
Master winged eye liner – Sounds funny ? Yes . But I’m quite serious about it. The only eye makeup I like to do.
Each new year is a bright, shiny new canvas just waiting for us to make our mark in our own unique way. I’m ready to take new challenges and push myself to do new things – because I know this is the best way to learn and grow.
Looking forward to a great 2016.