This year I think I can do it.

@speakeasy (4215)
United States
January 1, 2012 12:30pm CST
I think I have a good chance of actually accomplishing my New Years resolution this year. Every year, I set a goal for myself and every year (like many other people) I fail. Then, I feel miserable and worthless and get depressed. Last week, I was agonizing about what I was going to try to do this New Year. There are so many things I would like to do to make improvements - lose weight, exercise, etc. But, I have failed at all of those before. So, I tried to figure out WHY I kept failing and I came to understand it all came down to procrastination. I could always find a way to put things off for another day, week, month, etc. Now, the question was how to tackle procrastination. They tell you to make little changes and the big change will follow and set manageable goals. So, I got a spiral notebook and wrote down small tasks that I could do in approx 15 min or less on the front page. I cannot clean out all of cupboards; but, I can clean out one shelf in a cupboard today and do another one tomorrow, etc. I cannot organize my entire closet; but, I can organize my shoes one day, my belts, the next day, etc. I cannot get all of my paperwork organized; but, today I did remove all my old health and dental cards from my purse, shred them, register the new cards online and put the new cards in my purse (total time was 8 min). Then, I wrote down today's date in my notebook and what I did. This actually left me with a sense of accomplishment and feeling good about myself. Tomorrow, I will do something else that I would normally procrastinate about and write it down in my notebook (which I have sitting next to my computer). By keeping a written record, it will serve as a reminder that I need to do something so I can make an entry. Each time I make my entry it will reinforce my sense of accomplishment. Over the course of a month or even a year, I will get things accomplished that I have constantly been procrastinating about. And, going back and reviewing my notebook periodically will reinforce this sense of accomplishment even more. Hopefully, by next year, I will have enough positive reinforcement and sense of accomplishment that I will have gotten rid of my problem of procrastinating and then who knows what I will be able to accomplish.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
4 Aug 12
It sounds like you have a very good plan for this year! Has that worked out? The year is now half over and I am trying to get caught up on responding to old discussions myself. I have been doing ok on that resolution over the last couple of weeks (even though I am still 8 months behind right now). I hope you are able to see more accomplishments every day and that I will also! Have a great weekend!!!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
4 Aug 12
I got sidetracked at the end of February. Even though I knew I was overweight, I thought I had been maintaining my weight - neither gaining or losing. I got on the scale and discovered I had actually gained 30 pounds! I freaked! I dropped my original resolution and started concentrating on my weight. With very rare exceptions (my son and husband's birthdays and a mini celebration when I lost 20 pounds), I have been sticking to my diet and have lost the 30 pounds I had gained and am now working on getting some more weight off and trying to get down to a "healthy weight".
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Getting to a healthy weight is very important. I have been told not to worry about doing that for a long as I'm on chemo since they don't like weight changes during treatment. Most of my weight gain recently has been because of the fluid buildup from heart failure so I don''t worry much about it. Hopefully you made lifestyle changes to loose weight so that it can be lasting! I wish you much luck with that endeavor!
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
1 Jan 12
Hey that actually sounds like a very good start. Doing things step by step makes it much easier. It's better to achieve very tiny steps than to fail big steps. :) I cheer for you! My new year's resolutions are that I want to start jogging again and the biggest cliche of all time: lose weight. So I will start doing just that next week. I'm going to start real easy and every session I'll make it a bit harder for myself to at least the point that I reached 3 years ago when I lost 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and hopefully this time no 'lose weight, gain weight cycle' like happened back then. Those were glorious times. Girls would notice my huge self-esteem and would say: "You're actually pretty hot" and I would pinch my skin... haha!
2 Jan 12
Really its a good Start Step by step and ya its really better archive tiny fail this year my resolution is to join gym again and lose some of my fat :-) I think this year should be happier comparing to other years;-)
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
2 Jan 12
I have tried resolutions involving - jogging, walking, cycling, going to the gym, and even using exercise tapes. It is amazing how many excuses I can come up with NOT to do those things. Hopefully, this is something I can manage now. Maybe in a couple of years I'll be able to take on an exercise resolution again. Best wishes and good luck with your resolutions.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
3 Jan 12
In 2012, I want to apply to grad school, be more devoted to writing, and my goal is to get paid monthly. My goal is too mt pay of debt to dance teacher (so I can finally own my license) and pay off $360 of other friend debt.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
3 Jan 12
Those sound like some good goals and I wish you good luck in accomplishing them.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
2 Jan 12
That sounds very good, indeed. You are very confident and optimistic about your resolutions and achievements. That is the way to start. Confidence is the basic need for accomplishing the goals and aims. That's the way I succeeded in quitting smoking.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
3 Jan 12
Congratulations on stopping smoking. I just got tired of never accomplishing my resolutions. I kept making the same resolutions and never accomplishing anything. So, this year, this year I decided to try to make sure the resolution was something that I could actually accomplish and that would have a visable result each day. Losing weight and exercising more never worked and a lot of it was the lack of a visable change in a short period of time. This year I dan see the results every day and I can look back at the end of a week or month and see how much I have accomplished.