Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I'm not one of those people who never makes resolutions.  I really like goals, particularly achievable ones, and the new year really does feel like a fresh start for me.  Last year's resolution was to "get back into being more active, both physically (by running regularly and eating more healthily) and mentally (by reading more and sending out poetry submissions)."  I think I've done a fairly good job of that.  I read 40 books (5 more than in 2011), sent out 8 submissions (1 more than in 2011), and joined a gym to start taking classes (for the first time since 2008).  Eating healthily didn't go so well, but I accept that given how stressed I was all year, it's okay to let something slide.

I'd mostly like to keep that momentum going, particularly during what I know will be a grueling semester, so rather than just set big goals for the year (although I have those: run a marathon next January, read 45 books, and send out 52 submissions), I'm going to focus on small, achievable monthly goals.  I first read about this technique on the No Meat Athlete, and it really makes a lot of sense.  (Seriously, go read that post; it's excellent.)

I haven't decided on all 12 goals for the year, but I'll check in on the first of every month and update you (and me) on how the month went and what the new goals are.  For the first quarter, here's what you can look forward to:
  • January: Run three times a week.
  • February: Start a morning routine.
  • March: Drink more water.
Some pretty simple goals, but some things I'm really interested in making lifetime habits, not a one-time change.  I think 2013 is going to be a good year.  I'm looking forward to teaching for the first time, to writing my thesis, to graduating, to going out west, and to enjoying life to the fullest even when things feel overwhelming.

What are your resolutions/goals for the new year?  Anything you're particularly looking forward to?

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of goals rather than resolutions. Water drinking is HIGH on my list. As is getting my body back. I am so close and would really like to feel like an athlete again.