@therealjrn I’m only 14 months into some boxes not unpacked (and thus stacked to the ceiling on one wall since I only have 2 rooms and no storage closet). Makes me feel better that I haven’t procrastinated long enough yet to “win”.
The one thing I have learned from all my moves if you don’t force yourself to deal with it in the first 3 weeks or so then the odds are high you will be in the mess you and I are in with unpacked boxes.
Last year I kept it simple and resolved just to get more sleep and drink more water. I did slightly more of each, so I could barely pull that off. So I’ll just continue those, and maybe get the side yard finished up …
@stolicat That reminds me of my cat who died in 1998. He’d sit in the sink with the water running until it threatened to overflow the sink. Then he’d jump down and to do the wet cat dance. He also walked though bathtub water. Clearly he was part amphibian or reptile or something.
Why? Resolutions are things you should be doing already. So, just do them! Just because it’s a new year doesn’t change anything about your life. If you want to improve, better, or change, just do your best to make it happen, or not at all. But always remember that change is a marathon, not a sprint! “Do, or do not. There is no try.”
A desire to change or do something can be considered and implemented at any time, as others have noted above. Ones made in a semi-forced situation, such as New Year’s Eve, seem much more likely to fail. This brings disappointment or self-reproach, none of which we, at least I, do not need more of. Happy New Year!
I figure, all else equal, New Years is probably a slightly better time than other times to bring extra intentionality to life, with that week vacation, if you’re lucky enough to get it. You might have more space to reflect and think, and it does feel like a bit of a break with the prior year.
It would have been really hard to keep anything. We had just come home from a long road trip Christmas Eve night and my resources were completely sapped. Anything I’d try to improve I would’ve completely failed the first day—all this besides several other complicating factors. I’m still exhausted. I don’t even know why I’m awake right now. I’m going back to sleep.
It’s been said above: if you want to change something, the time and date of the decision to start that change matters not. In 56 years I’ve never made any serious “New Year’s Resolutions” and I’ve not started now.
Given my age, you might think that I’d have learned that getting enough sleep and exercise are ways to feel better. When I make an effort to stop doing whatever and go to sleep at a reasonable time, I do feel better. I know this to be true. Yet at the end of a day it is so easy to just keep reading or watching TV or whatever and not go to sleep…
Anyways, about a month ago I decided I need to try to get to bed earlier and sleep more and so far I’ve been doing better, though not great. I guess it isn’t a New Year’s resolution and who knows how long I’ll stick with it but maybe it counts for something.
@baqui63 As someone who needs more sleep, but can’t stay that way, I both envy and dislike your situation. But I got a solid 8 last night (after only getting 4 hours the night before) so I’m happy for that.