Every year I make up an increasingly shorter (obeying my “keep it realistic” internal voice) list of new year resolutions, in a so-far futile attempt to get my life on track. For the first week, I’m perky and full of energy and happy that I’m keeping my resolutions more or less. I cut myself some slack to the point of indulgence, but that still doesn’t prevent the tragedy that I call: week 2. Week 2, is, as the name suggests, the second week after I made the resolutions. It involves rampant and blatant violation of the golden rule of new year’s resolutions (that is, “keep them”).
I have used every form of encouragement I ever thought possible. Tried to keep myself motivated. Created detailed and then flexible time schedules. Started projects then left them floundering.
This brings me to 2010… should I trick my resolution resistant self by using reverse psychology? Should I NOT make any new year resolutions, and would that make a difference?
[enter resolution resistant self, snickering]
I heard you, self!!
Ambitious self will not allow resistant self to have the last laugh.
Hence, for 2010, my resolutions will not only be made, but they will be made PUBLIC (take that, resistant self).
[resolution resistant self stops in mid-snicker]
1. Write. Daily. No less than 500 words (for now). Or else. (OK, I can have Friday off)
2. Exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week. Or else.
That’s it. These two resolutions are all I will make, and I will keep them or else face public humiliation.
Already, my schedule-making self is calculating how little time these two resolutions will take. A maximum of one hour. I ask you: what kind of a (insert self-derogatory word here) can’t keep such laid back, easy to keep resolutions?
My answer: I hope not me.