An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

For some reason, New Year’s Resolutions are a bit of a theme at this time of year. As always, as we get back into the workforce and/or the school year as applicable, a lot of those resolutions start to fall by the wayside.

The Internet is full of tips for Making that New Year’s Resolution last a bit longer this year – most of it involves tips like “set concrete goals” and “be realistic”, as well as “set a goal with a friend for accountability” – all good tips, and all geared towards a New Year’s Resolution being the sort of thing you take seriously and work towards rather than talk about for a month and then quietly forget.

I’ve never been much of a one for them, personally, if only because I’m the sort of person who gets an idea in my head and has to start Researching The Options and Implementing Lists immediately – who can wait till New Year’s to start when there’s all those things you could be doing now? By which, of course, I mean why wait till New Year’s when there’s so much more important work to be procrastinating on with a shiny new hobby right now?

So, this year, I’m going in a different direction. I’m a fantasy author, and taking inspiration from that, I’m going to have a go at naming my years now.

At the end of every year, I’m going to gather up a list of things I want for the next year (things like ‘earn more money’, ‘get something published’, ‘finish that project I keep putting off’, ‘learn X new skill’ – all the things that you’d put in a New Year’s Resolution) and see what they all have in common. Then, in honour of the common thread in my goals, I’ll name each new year.

This way, if I decide to abandon one goal for another one, I don’t feel like I’m ‘failing’ at anything. I’ll also try to keep it humorous (or at least, whimsical) to remind myself not to take my year too seriously. Plus, it’s hard to forget what you planned for a year when 2016 is, say, “the Year of Scampering”.

So this year, in light of having a bit more stability than last year and a bit more space to play around with various ideas, I hereby dub 2016 the Year of Harebrained Schemes.

What’s your year going to be?

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