I've heard that people are more likely to stick with their New Years Resolutions if they are quantitative, not qualitative. Which makes sense for me, given that the only resolution that I've ever stuck to is drinking 2 Diet Cokes a day at work, not 3.
If you're horrified that I still drink two cans of Diet Coke a day, you are a healthier bear that I am.
Basically in 2012 things got derailed a bit in the second half of the year. There were a lot of changes that took place, and not only did my running take a hit, so did the rest of my life. Ie, less sleep, more stress, fewer hangouts with friends, crappier running, etc. And a crapload of time wasted doing nothing at all productive like hanging out on Facebook. So I'd like to feel more fulfilled this year and like I'm doing something great with my 30s. I'm going to wake up soon and be 75, so let's make this shit count.
Plus we all want to feel like we are constantly improving, right?
1) No Social Media Before Noon: (Only exception is I can check it on my phone right when I wake up and weekends). I spend way too much time on Facebook and Twitter. It's become a bit of a crutch for me. Bored? Check Facebook. Don't want to write this work email? Check Twitter. Feeling Stressed? Hmmmm I wonder what's up on Instagram. Anyways, I think this is my biggest goal. I'm tired of wasting so much time.
2) Bed by 11:15, sleep by 11:30: My shitty schedule is killing me. I go to bed late, get into work late, and then have to leave work late. So then I get home late and want to go to bed late again....this will help me to get the sleep I need to be more productive.
3) See a Friend Once a Week: Because there are lots of awesome people out here in Southern California and it's time I kept up with them. I feel lonely a lot as well and this should help me to feel less lonely.
4) Some sort of "productive meeting" once every two weeks: Whether it's networking for work, going to a group run, or going to a yoga class, this should help me feel more productive and make friends.
5) Cook something new once every two weeks: This should be pretty easy because I enjoy cooking. Time to learn to be a better cook!
6) Call a friend once every two weeks: Yeah. Actually picking up the phone to say hi. This didn't seem so hard when I was a teenage girl!
7) No more than $100 a month on apparel (running or casual unless absolutely necessary). I work for an online retailer so it's really easy to blow a lot of money on clothes. $100 still sounds like a lot as a max, but I gotta start somewhere. Bottom line, I would like to have more money and fewer problems. :)
More Qualitative Stuff:
Buy a keyboard. Play it at least once a week.
Read a book a month. Honestly, it's sad but I'm not sure I can stick to this.
Get an LA county library card
Find a place to volunteer a few times. I'm not sure where, but it would be nice to feel like I was making a positive impact somewhere.
Improve my Greek. Ok this one I'm not sure I have the drive for either. I think if I'm doing good on the other resolutions mid-year, I'll check back on this one.
Alright, here's to 2013! While I am hoping a lot of great things happen this year and that I can look back and feel like I made the most of this time, my greatest hope is that nothing catastrophic happens. Ie, I hope those close to me (and me) remain alive, healthy, employed, and sane. So I think if that takes place, we can consider 2013 at least a minor success!