The Solution to a New Year’s Resolution

The Solution to a New Year’s Resolution

By Michelle Lupin

The Solution to a New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again. The seasons are changing, the weather is getting colder and 2019 is coming to a close. Before we know, it’ll be a new year and this year will be just be as forgetful as the last. Don’t let time just pass you by. I am here to help you with making your year significant.

Let’s talk about how a lot of people usually start each year. Every year when the clock strikes midnight and the year officially ends, people start off with creating the one and only New Year’s resolution. Resolutions aren’t completely flawed. For some people, they are motivating, inspiring and the push they need to accomplish a goal. If you’re like me, then your year started off with a resolution, and by January 4th or so, it was already forgotten about.

Is it because the resolution is too difficult to achieve? Maybe. Is it because one major goal appears daunting? Perhaps. Is it because you gave yourself a certain amount of time to complete it by and the idea of a deadline is too much? Possibly.

So, how do we fix this problem? How do we accomplish these goals that are evidently important to us? How do we commit to our resolutions without falling through that same week?

As someone with a past of many incomplete resolutions, I wanted to find a way to accomplish my goals. For me, I knew the concept of a single resolution wasn’t ideal. The idea of an all or nothing goal where I either accomplish it or don’t, was uninviting. I also knew that the idea of trying to achieve it by Jan 1st was not an option.

In comes the yearly bucket list. Not a single goal, but many. No deadline, but a year to check off your goals. So, you might be thinking, how do I properly construct this bucket list? What goes on this kind of bucket list? Well, I am here to break down exactly how to do that.

Firstly, you want a diverse list. Some things should be considerably easy to accomplish like buying a new pair of pyjamas, try that restaurant you have always been thinking about or seeing a play that’s in town. You also want to have things on your list that don’t require you to spend money. Some these may consist of spending more time with family, starting a new book, or learning a new language through an app. You also want things that may not be easy and make take time. These things may be learning a new skill like playing guitar, hitting a fitness goal or planning a big trip.

The importance of a mixed list is to realize that you are capable of achieving things, but to understand that things take time. Some tasks may be checked off in the first week of the year, while others will take you all twelve months. You won’t be on a tight deadline, but at the same time you are given a specific window of time. That way, you are still motivated but without the unnecessary stress of a single resolution.

Another great thing about a yearly list, is that it can always be changed. Thought you wanted to learn French, but now you want to learn sign language? Thought you wanted to read a new book but you want to read two? Change it! For someone as indecisive as myself, a yearly list is great to alter and update.

Alright readers, you now know the do’s and don’ts of New Year’s goals. What’s going to go on your 2020 Bucket list?