Setting new goals is a popular thing to do this time of year. Even though I like to evaluate my progress and make new goals throughout the year, there’s something more exciting about making New Year’s resolutions. So much so that I’ve never understood why some people hate making resolutions. Perhaps those folks suffer from passiveness and the inability to commit to change, or struggle at setting realistic and achievable goals. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. If you personally dislike making resolutions please enlighten me in the comments, I’d love hear your perspective!
Even though there are always resolutions that I fail to complete each year, there are plenty that I do achieve and I can’t deny that it feels great. I’m a firm believer that we are never too old to stop learning and challenging ourselves! I’m publicly announcing my resolutions for the first time in my life and it’s bit intimidating! But I hoping that publishing my list will get me extra motivated to work on everything throughout the whole year.
For the past 6 years now I’ve made large lists of resolutions in several different categories. For my 2012 goals I’m going to focus on 4 main areas. It will be a challenge to keep up with every goal I’ve set for myself, but I think I’ve set realistic targets based on my anticipated work hours, ongoing to-do list, and schedule. I’m sure there will be unexpected events that eat up chunks of my time, but I’m not going to let that stop me from having a large list of goals! Some of these may seem like petty goals to you but they touch on my weaknesses in one way or another and I’m always looking for ways I can grow and improve. 🙂
Here are my 2012 goals:
Health & Fitness
- Eat 2 or more servings of raw fruits, vegetables, or nuts each day
- Drink at least 5 cups of water a day on the weekends when I tend to forget to stay hydrated
- Make 1 or more meal a week from only fresh ingredients, not processed or frozen
- Switch to a vegetarian or vegan multivitamin
- Stretch at least every other day and do a full yoga or ballet workout 2-3 times a month
- Take Bollywood classes 3-4 times a month
Organization & Awareness
- Clean 2-3x a week in small 10 minute increments instead of letting everything pile up
- Make more of an effort to remember people’s names & improve my memory skills
- Continue my obsessive minimalism journey, donate 10-15 bags from my place and my parents
- Work on improving my focus, block out distractions, get more done in less time
- Archive my old data CDs/DVDs onto my external hard drive & ditch the loose copies
Travel & Adventure
- Learn 5 new skills in Photoshop or Aperture & apply them to my travel photos
- See at least 5 new places either local or foreign
- Reteach myself geography. As much as I love travel, it’s embarrassing how much I’ve forgotten since school
- Learn a few phrases in Hindi and Thai, 2 languages I know very little about (my dream is to be a polyglot someday)
Social Outreach & Communication
- Aim to meet & build meaningful relationships with 5-6 new local and online friends
- Quit mumbling when I speak and enunciate clearly so I’m easier to understand
- Get better at small talk and having engaging conversations
- Better utilize social platforms like Twitter and FB
- Learn at least 3 new technical things about SEO and blogging each month
- Publish 115-130 articles (2-2.5 times/week) in 2012 on Untemplater!
I’ve got a lot to keep me busy in 2012!
Check out my progress: 1st Quarter 2012
Untemplaters, what are some of your 2012 goals? How many goals do you typically set for yourself each year? If you dislike making New Year’s resolutions, why is that?