So, it’s the end of January. We’re 1/12th of the way through 2019 already. How are your New Year Resolutions going? Are you living in a world of success, despair or meh who cares?
Me, I’m basking in the light of victory because I have, as I predicted, broken every single one of my resolutions already. Go me.
One month in is a good opportunity to review our goals for the year. Did we make good choices? Are our resolutions SMART?
No, I’m not shouting at you. SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely.
Because everyone keeps a spreadsheet of data to measure their progress on a New Year Resolution, right?
Ha. I was only joking. But, actually, come to think of it…. be right back.
[2 seconds later]
Yeah….nah. I’m going to need a resolution to create data sheets for my resolutions. That can be 2020’s goal.
So, here’s where my resolutions stand:
Most Forgotten Resolution
Resolution 1: Refuse all requests to take photos of other people
I actually forgot I made this one because so far nobody has asked me to take a photo of them. If this keeps up, I may actually achieve this resolution by doing nothing.
Most Likely To Succeed Resolution
Resolution 5: Go to the gym more regularly
In nine days’ time I have a 10km race, six days after that I fly out to Nepal for three weeks, three weeks after I get back I’ll be walking 100km in 24 hours for Oxfam and six weeks after that I’m running in the Great Ocean Road Marathon (44km). Motivation is a beautiful and useful thing.
Most Broken Resolution
Resolution 4: Limit watching late night talk show monologues to once a week
Who was I kidding? I will continue to break this resolution and I don’t care. It beats curling myself into a ball and whimpering at the state of the world.
Most Unattainable Resolution
Resolution 2: Answer a question with a question and don’t talk about myself
What I failed to realise in setting this goal is that one must first possess the skill of asking spontaneous questions about someone in a conversation. I’ve managed it a few times but only because I’ve predicted the beginning of a conversation and rehearsed the reverse question beforehand. Then the conversation continues and I’m screwed. Are there online courses on “How to conduct a conversation in person” or “How to deflect attention away from oneself in three easy steps”?
Most Worthwhile Resolution
Resolution 3: Limit messages and emails to 25 words or less
The main reason for Resolutions 2 and 3 is that I have grown tired of slapping myself in the head because I said or wrote something stupid, clumsy, inappropriate, unnecessary or untimely. I know. Strange but true. My masochism has boundaries. (Okay, very wide boundaries, being a marathon runner and having signed up for the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker for the third time, but there are definitely boundaries.)
Limiting myself to 25 words won’t eliminate the occurrence of stupidity but it does lessen the likelihood. The three occasions when I have broken this rule in the past month have proven it a worthwhile endeavour to pursue. No more will I cry “That’s not what I meant!” to the heavens.
Obviously there are limitations on this resolution. If I’m organising the next training walk or fundraising effort for my Trailwalker team, limiting myself to 25 words is likely to leave out important details and I will be wondering why they haven’t turned up at the location and time I failed to mention. But for general chitchat, this is a handy guide.
It also reduces the “Gawd, why did I talk so much?” post-messaging head bashing because sometimes when I think I want to say something, I wonder how I can do it in 25 words and then decide I didn’t really need to say it after all. And relief abounds throughout the online land…
Plus, in the end, I love a challenge. And maths. Figuring out how to say something in limited words is good brain work.
And if I get enough practice, I might be able to put it to use in actual competitions and win some cool stuff.
It’s a winning resolution.
So how’s your year going so far?