New Years Resolutions, Not for Me

I don’t make New Years Resolutions or goals really.  I like to think it’s a good idea, but it never really seems to work out for me…you know…to commit to something for a whole year.

What really works for me is to commit to something on a shorter schedule, something more attainable.

Working Out

If I commit to exercising every day for the next year, I will lose steam and give up.  If I commit to working out 3 times a week, I see that as a realistic goal.  If I get sick or don’t feel like it and miss a few days in a row, I won’t beat myself up.  Instead I think of Monday as a fresh start.

Eating Healthy

This is another area to not beat yourself up over.  Learning to eat right and healthy is not necessarily easy.  You do have to plan ahead, but once you finally make the switch to healthy eating, your body will no longer tolerate junk food, so the battle becomes won.

Saving Money

Again, do small increments.  If you mess up or over spend, you can start fresh the very next Sunday/Monday.  I like to record what I spend every day.  It helps me stay focused and be in the know, of my spending.

Be Organized

This is like a dream for me.  I have a friend who is so organized and put together.  I would love to have just a piece of her organization.  For me, it’s “File by Pile” and I do my best to make a system work for that.  Yes there can be a system for that.  I have folders with labels on them and try and keep things in those folders/piles and not all over the counter.  Today is not a good day at my house, as the folders aren’t in a file. But it is a work in progress.


  1. This is EXACTLY what I’m thinking about doing for 2011!! Every year I try to do these grandiose things, only to fall flat and feel like poo at the end of it all.

    I am thinking this is the year to set reasonable expectations – or better yet – no expectations. To relax, slow down, and enjoy life a little more.

  2. Good for you Angela! You are one to do a lot and I barely know you. 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, Amy!

    No more resolutions here either, but I do try to set some reasonable goals, with the emphasis on reasonable. Even if I don’t make it, I can get close which is better than doing nothing, or giving up and not even trying.

    Just a coincidence, but one of my goals this year is to write down everything I spend. Even if I only do it for a few months, I know I will have a much better sense of where our money is going.


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