It doesn’t matter which category you fall into. Somewhere out there is a resolution that you can keep.
The problem for most of us is that many resolutions are of long duration and require a good deal of effort.
For that reason, I suggest starting off with one of the Slobs’ resolutions. Why?
It’s simple. A Slobs’ Resolution can be fulfilled without stirring from the couch. Bliss.
5 RESOLUTIONS FOR SLOBS
The festive season puts us in a perfect position to feel positive – mainly because it only comes once a year, it consists of unusual excess and many of us are glad when it’s finished.
Eat less: Not a difficult one to keep after Christmas. Any reduction after that mighty binge has got to be an improvement.
Exercise more: Likewise. Even a quick canter to the fridge and back equates to a marathon at this stage. Just wiggling your toes is exercise (well, according to me it is).
Keep a tighter control of finances: With all those bills looming, this is a necessity not a choice for most of us.
Learn something new: Unless you’re living in a cave, you can’t avoid it. Everyone watches the news, don’t they?
Stop procrastinating. Ouch! This is getting painful. Never mind. You can read my 10 Tips for dealing with it in a sitting or lying position.
5 RESOLUTIONS FOR WORKAHOLICS
The next 5 resolutions are the tricky ones because they require real effort.
Acquire a new skill: From crosswords to languages, painting to pottery, there is something out there for you.
The trick is to find something that will fire your imagination and hold your interest. (*See suggestions below).
Finish that book/story: Many people begin to write, but few stay the course.
Going the whole distance requires total focus. It is lonely. But if the thought of becoming an anti-social ogre does not fill you with horror, this is the goal for you.
(‘Tis the season for ghost stories so why not read my blog on What Makes a Great Ghost Story and write one yourself? My blog 10 Creepy Choices for a Rattling Good Read also has some suggestions that may inspire you).
Discover a weakness (one of yours!) and tackle it: This is subjective and needs some serious introspection.
Note: This requires peace and quiet, not another spell on the couch in front of the telly!
Banish the cat, dog, bird: Alternatively, banish yourself.
Having moved my PC to a nice light room downstairs, I have also moved into the cat’s range of vision.
My concentration is frequently interrupted by frantic meows for: food, affection, shelter, any damn thing that takes his fancy. I am already planning a removal upstairs.
Make new friends: It’s a sad truth but the passage of a year usually marks the disappearance of one or more friends.
The result? An emotional backlash of grief, anger and loss that can be debilitating. Time to top up the friend-bank.
Get out there and meet new people and, while you’re doing it, enjoy yourself.
The best resolution is to have fun!
*Whet your appetite for learning with a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course).
These are generally free and offer tasters of subjects including archaeology, history, IT, languages and medicine.
In addition, the Open Culture site offers links to all kinds of free online courses and resources including MOOCs, language courses, textbooks, movies and a range of other culture-related subjects.