I've done these for three or four years now, and I really love it. It's the Aspie in me. :) I don't usually achieve all my goals, mind you, but I do actually keep them in mind from time to time throughout the year, and usually end up better off than if I hadn't made them. F'rinstance, this year one of my goals was to get my learner's and restricted driver's licence. I didn't quite make it because the testing place was booked up over Christmas, but I booked my restricted test for January 13. (Of course, whether or not I pass it is a different matter!) Having the December deadline really did help motivate me to get around to learning. So, yay.
Anyhoo, I'm thinking of next year's resolutions now! A complicating factor is that I'm pregnant and will be giving birth in June, so I don't want to set any housekeeping/crafty/time-consuming goals that will inevitably fall apart once I have a new baby. Also, I'm pretty significantly depressed at the moment, and I'm not sure if that should motivate me to choose really go-get-'em drag-me-out-of-a-rut goals, or nice modest achievable ones that won't set me up for failure and yet more spiralling depression. :p
So here's what I have at the moment... first draft only...
- Read a primary/important religious text from X number of different religions. I'll need to research this one. Islam, the Qu'ran, easy; Buddhism and Wicca? No idea. Hence the resolution, really. I realise not all religions are based on a text, but I'd like to read something generally considered essential and/or comprehensive by every group (but not, like, a 2000-page Encyclopaedia of Hinduism or something. Slightly more laypersony than that, if possible.) Any suggestions?
- Get into the habit of writing on a schedule. I have a few online writing avenues with regular commitments, and I need to make myself write a hair care article every Monday, a sewing article every Tuesday, and so on.
- Something along the lines of "Stop surfing the freaking internet already!!", but I need to think of a way that'll actually work (and allow me some mercy when I'm breastfeeding a newborn for 18 hours a day).
- Something about spending more quality time with DD (even/especially after the new baby comes). She's been rather neglected recently, because I've been so sick - she's learned to amuse herself pretty well, but it makes me feel incredibly guilty. And I tend to forget to do "normal parent stuff" with DD anyway. So maybe a goal like "Read a book a day with DD" or "Do three craft activities a week with DD" or something.
- Get a daily planner, write random acts of housework on different pages, and do them as they come up. I did this once years ago and it worked pretty well - for several months, at least! So every month I'd write "Change the sheets", or whatever (yes, I'm a terrible housekeeper, and wouldn't change the sheets nearly that often without a reminder, and yes, I've heard of Flylady, but it doesn't sound like me). I also put down stuff like "Fertilise the garden" or "Defrost the freezer" or "Rub leather preserver on the couch" - you know, stuff you're meant to do regularly, but (I) never get around to doing?
- Master the art of chicken won tons, and enough other Chinese yum cha-style dishes to make a complete meal. Bonus points if I can get DH, who hates Chinese food, to enjoy it. (Eating it without complaint would be satisfactory, though...)
- Knit/sew X items during the year. Or "complete X number of half-finished/planned craft projects"... or "use up X percent of fabric stash before you buy more"... or "work on sewing/knitting projects for X hours a week". Something like that. I'd make a grand resolution about doing handmade Christmas presents, but even now I know it's never gonna happen.
- Make an honest effort to go off sugar for a respectable period of time (at least. The idea, of course, being that I will be so full of newfound vigor and joy, with a Cate Blanchett complexion and curls sprouting thickly from my scalp as I bound up mountains, that I will toss away my chocolate mousse recipe with nary a backward glance. But if not, at least I need to stick with it until I can say I tried it.)
- Something about writing fiction. But I'll have to word this one pretty strongly, because I'm bad enough at writing non-fiction in a timely and regular fashion. My attempts at creative writing usually flop into a void of laziness six paragraphs in. I might have to threaten myself with thumbscrews or the rack.
That's all I've got so far. Care to critique/applaud reverently/share yours? :)