It’s widely accepted by the intellectual class that New Year’s Resolutions are completely redundant. Yet, at the gym this morning there was a long line of people who have obviously never kept a consistent positive habit in their lives signing up for a membership they will abandon in roughly 28 days. “This is the year I will finally get in shape!” they think. “I won’t change a single habit yet I will magically be thin and healthy in 6 months!” is how I imagine their next thought would sound if all pretense was stripped away.
Myself, I’ve fallen into planning and scheduling a lot over the last month. My Full Focus Planner arrived four days ago and I eagerly filled out as much of it as I could ahead of time. Today was the first official day of the quarter so it’s the first I’ve gotten to use the daily pages. I’ve had a morning and evening ritual for a couple of months but putting it down on paper made me realize just how much I actually get done before six in the morning. It also enabled me to tweak my routines and add some things I’ve been meaning to do like early morning yoga and reading fiction before bed.
On top of the planning I seem to have developed an obsession for cleaning. I do the dishes at least three times a day and am constantly cleaning off counters and tables right after they’re used. I don’t think this is a bad obsession and I’m certainly not germophobic, it’s just strange how much I’ve thrown myself into it seemingly by accident.
So for the sake of sharing, as this is my personal blog, here are the annual goals I’ve planned out for 2019. They aren’t New Year’s Resolutions, I promise.
- Finish my first semester of college with at least a 3.5 average GPA. I can usually get a 3.0 without any effort so 3.5 will get me to push myself a little bit. Obviously a 4.0 would be amazing and I’ll go for it if it seems possible but this is the first time I’ve gone to a “real” college and I don’t want to overwork myself too early.
- Year-end stats for 2018. This is for work.
- Pay off remaining debt. There really isn’t much left and although I’ve set this to be finished by the 4th quarter, I think I’ll be finished long before then. Perhaps I should move the timeline up to give it a sense of urgency.
- Finish UDEMY coursework. I love UDEMY. You can learn just about anything you can think of there relatively cheaply. Unfortunately I have a habit of buying a bunch of courses and then getting 25% through them and starting a new one. I have about 11 unfinished courses that I want to get done by the end of June. Some of them will aid me in college, too.
- Have major holidays & birthdays planned. Set to be finished by the end of this quarter (March) I’ve already made considerable progress. I have picked out all of the birthdays I want to observe (there are too many people at the office to do them all and I don’t even talk to most of the people there) and am planning appropriate menus for holidays.
- Run 5k by the end of March. A friend invited me to take part in a race in mid-April and I am absolutely terrible at running so I set myself this goal with the reward of running the race. It will require running every day. I downloaded the couch to 5k app (again) and started at the gym this morning. Since I’ve been a lot more consistent with my habits (“a lot” isn’t even doing it justice I have been like a machine for 3 weeks) I think this time will work out. I look forward to being able to run for more than 2 minutes straight, haha!
That’s what I have for now. 7 – 10 are the recommended amount of annual goals so I’m sure I’ll think of others as January progresses. I might like to set one to have all of my currently owned books read by the middle of the year; seems daunting at a glance but most of my books are cookbooks so I don’t actually have that many that need to be read. The problem with this goal is I’ve been primarily listening to audiobooks lately and haven’t touched my bookshelf. I’ll have to consciously make a change there.
Happy New Year, friends! I wish all the best for you and your family.