When it comes to resolutions, we all fall into one of three camps. There are those who look at the new year as a chance to evaluate how their life is going, identify what they want changed, and formalize their resolutions on paper (or screen). So what if they failed in the past? That’s no reason to quit trying.
There are those who forego resolutions because they know they’re going to give up in two weeks anyway. They view written goals as personal ammo that’s going to come back to mock them later.
And there are those who have their lives so perfectly orchestrated that they don’t need goals. Everyone else hates these people.
Disregarding the last group (because I hate them too), there are those two chunks of philosophies infiltrating pretty much everyone’s thoughts to some degree or another this time of year. And while I’m tempted to fall into the second group (which is ever-growing with converts from last year’s failed resolutions), I can’t seem to give myself permission to.
Experts say that resolutions should meet each of the following criteria:
So, without further ado, my 2016 Resolutions, also known as the Dream Sheet, Register of Unrealistic Hopes, and Things My 26-Year-Old Self Will Thank Me For.
1. Eat two full meals a day (coffee doesn’t count as a meal; smoothies might if they incorporate kale or oatmeal)
2. Work out once a month
3. Shower twice a week (bonus points for actually blow-drying hair afterward)
4. Read all recently-purchased books before purchasing more
5. Consider actually cutting the twins’ fingernails occasionally, before they put one of their eyes (or one of my boobs) out of commission permanently
6. Write (AND MAIL) thank-you cards for all baby gifts that were given to me since… last August
7. Sweep all floors biannually
8. Purchase stock in coffee
9. Find a source for pure caffeine and spike Manny’s peanut butter
10. Set regular office hours for freelance work, starting with 10 minutes a day twice a month. No exceptions.
11. Sleep a minimum of 3 hours each day. On days when this is impossible, make up the difference within the two following
I hope you’re inspired. I know I am.