Bring on 2014! 2013 pretty much sucked, and while I can't even say that 2014 will be better or even equal--it could be worse--I can at least confidently say that I can close the book on 2013. In fact, there are events on the horizon that foreshadow a pretty bad 2014. But I'm going to try to make it the best I can.
I should probably put "Stop procrastinating" on here, because it's been an hour since I wrote the first paragraph, and it's not because I'm a slow typist.
Before my New Year's Resolutions, let me start with a couple of housekeeping notes. I am telling people that my resolution this year is to get a boyfriend. A study found people who shared their resolutions were less likely to keep them. Just talking about them gave them the endorphin high as if they had achieved them, leaving them less motivated to actually do so, since they already gained part of the reward. As I have no intention of dating anyone this year, it's a safe resolution to tell people.
The second part is that the mistakes people make while making goals are as follows: making too many goals (better to start small and focus on one goal at a time), setting huge goals (better to break the goal into many mini tasks), and dreaming about the outcome (similar to the previous paragraph, it's better to focus on the process rather than the goal). Yet, the same article--and no, I didn't cite my source so I don't know where it came from, listed the seven categories we should have goals in, and said we should have two or three in each category. I'm no mathematician or logician, but this seems a clear example of the first mistake. But, I'm going to do it. Seven categories, two or three goals in each. And some will be grandiose, because I am a grandiose person. Or something.
1. Lose 25 pounds. I need to lose a lot more than 25 pounds, but I never do well with weight loss, so let's start here.
2. Average 5,000 steps/day. Sure, it would be great to go for the recommended 10,000 steps, but I've lived with myself. I have a shot of getting 5,000. Maybe. I mean, today was a fairly typical day, and I'm at 3,000 right now. The curse of a small house is that I never have to walk more than ten steps to get anywhere. (Plus, if I understand the literature on my pedometer correctly, it won't measure steps until it registers four seconds of moving. In four seconds, I'm probably where I need to be in my house.)
*3. Stretch every night before bed. I'm naturally flexible, but I don't stretch as often as I should. I wonder if it will help some of my back and neck problems to stretch more.
*1. Apply for one new job/week, until employment situation improves.
2. Set work goals daily.
1. Pay of my Home Depot Credit Card. I paid for my gutters, soffit, and facia on a 0% for two years. That will expire in September, so I need to make a plan to get it paid off by September.
2. Get a zero-based budget in place. That's just a fancy way of saying account for every cent before I spend it.
*1. Read one non-fiction book per month.
2. Study/learn java script. It's been something I've been wanting to do for years--literally--so maybe this year I should take the time. If I start and realize I hate it, I may quit, but I need to work on learning an equivalent skill.
*1. Read every morning. I'm good at doing it before bed, because I'm a night person, but I'd like to read a bit in the morning to start my day off right.
*2. Keep a gratitude journal by writing every night three things I'm thankful for.
1. Keep the kitchen clean. My family is me. I'm going to take care of me by taking care of where I live.
2. Keep the living room clean. At least keep up with the entryway.
*1. Sew skirts. I have a lot of fabric to sew some skirts. Maybe I should, I don't know, consider actually sewing them?
2. Sew shirts. Um, yeah. I have not worked a lot with sewing knits, but recently I bought some fabric to make myself some shirts. I need to actually focus a bit and steel my nerves and sit down and sew them.
3. Read one fiction book per month. I like to read. But I rarely put aside time to do it. This will require me taking a book with me more often so I'm always prepared for those quiet moments.
There we go. Asterisks imply my first focus. Because, after all, if I tried to focus on all of these goals at once, I'd give up in frustration. Just working a little bit at a time here...