New Year´s Resolutions


I think its a good idea to use the excuse of the calendar clunking around each year to reflect on what you would like to achieve for the next year and make some firm commitments.

Resolve to renew all your old resolves,
And add a few that are new.
Resolve to keep them as long as you can,
What more can a poor man do?

Okay, here are mine for 2010.

1) Learn a new word of Spanish each day, including a verb each week.
2) Climb a mountain each month.
3) Don't get a haircut, man.

"I don't advise a haircut, man. All hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Hair are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight." - Withnail and I

For me a specific idea ("Eat 5 fruit and vegetables every day") is better than something general ("Eat better"). Here are some ideas if you havn´t decided on your goals yet:-

Eat at a table everyday. Learn a new recipe each week.
Only watch TV for an hour each day. Only watch films at the cinema.
Run or walk at least a mile each day.
By the end of 2010 read the 10 books you have always wanted to read but have always put off.
Write a diary each night.
Once a week, phone your mum.
Tidy your house/flat/room/tent each night before you go to sleep.
Learn a new skill (language, musical instrument, art, etc) practise each day.
If you are a busy and stressed out kind of person. Take an hour out each day to sit, drink tea and just "be chilled".
Volunteer regularly for a community group. Sports clubs, kids groups, arts clubs, or whatever you want to help with. (NB the Scouts are looking for more volunteers at the moment.)
If you are grumpy, try to do something to make someone smile each day (or each week if that's all you can manage...)
If you are lazy, try to get up an hour earlier than usual and use the extra time to read, run, study etc...

Hope that lot helps someone...and tell me what your resolutions are if you've decided on something yet...

Alternative posts from the Blogosphere:
Tom "Ride Earth" thinks you shouldn´t make resolutions (but he thinks you should enter an ironman instead!!)
Alastair Humphreys is bound to post something about new year's resolutions (like this, this or this)

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