Why I didn’t make any New Years Resolutions

no new years resolutions

Right off the bat, I want it to be known that I think it’s great to set goals for yourself. However I don’t think you’ll be likely to succeed if the only thing motivating you to start, is the change of date.

I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions in the past, and I can’t think of a single one that I’ve managed to hold throughout the entire year. Call me weak, unmotivated or lacking willpower, but the chiming of the clock is no motivation for me to change. Instead, I make New Now Resolutions. Whatever I wish to do, I start work on it as soon as possible – usually immediately. This has helped me immensely with my procrastination issues too. Instead of even saying I’ll do something in the morning, I make sure I take at least one step as soon as possible towards my goal. I have found that my procrastination stems from a fear of starting, but once I’ve got the ball rolling I have little trouble completing a task.

For some people this could be a cause of distraction – they have too much they want to achieve, so they start too many things at once and never finish any of them to a good standard. I used to have a fear that this would become me if I started adopting this practise. But it hasn’t happened – because I’ve become a better judge of what goals are worthy of my time. I’ve also learnt to prioritise better through this method. Obviously everything I want to do I don’t start immediately, I’d get so exhausted without making much progress on any one thing. But when I think of something I want or need to do, I consider if starting at this moment will help. If it won’t then I don’t start it right away. But if there is any advantage at all to starting a task today rather than tomorrow, I try to do it that day. This idea also prevents me from rewarding myself before a job is finished. There is rarely an advantage of starting a task purposed purely for entertainment or reward. So when I’m working on an essay and I want to watch a movie for instance, there is no advantage in choosing to watch the movie before I finish the essay. It just prolongs the writing process. The movie can be pushed back because it has no deadline or time restraints.

How then do I motivate myself to do things that still must be done, but only for myself and therefore have no deadlines? How do I get motivated to exercise, learn new things, update my computer when there is no obvious consequence for putting it off? That’s something I’m still working on, but it comes back to idea of trying to make a start on tasks as soon as possible because after I start it’s easier to work. Exercise especially, if I start feeling like I should exercise more in the evening or afternoon, instead of resigning myself to do some the following morning, I will make sure to do some form of exercise that day. If nothing else, it proves to myself that I can do it.

Did you make new years resolutions? How do you stay motivated to complete/maintain them?

2 thoughts on “Why I didn’t make any New Years Resolutions

  1. Ja a change of date isn’t a drive for changing, I find I need to change my mindset to task-oriented and once that task is done I’ll sometimes find myself looking for more to be done.

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