My resolutions for 2014 look fairly similar to those of 2013 — and for good reason. It’s not like I’ve suddenly changed into a completely different person, and the goals I outlined last January 1st are my ultimate WIPs.* As such, I don’t see myself “achieving” them, dusting off my hands and congratulating myself before moving on; rather, they are areas of my life that I would like to continue to prioritize.
The goals for 2014 remain:
1. Read more.
2. Eat better.
3. Knit faster.
4. Get organized.
5. Sleep more.
So if the resolutions are the same, what’s different this year? Why, the plan, of course.
In order to make strides in these resolutions during this calendar year, I realized that I needed a better plan to accomplish them. It’s one thing to type Golly, I’d like to eat better, but it’s quite another to put down the cheesecake and pick up the hummus. At first I thought of creating an elaborate scheme to chart tactical progress — something along the lines of “I will make 10 new recipes a month.” I’m sure that would be one clever way to ensure that I actually keep up with each of my goals, but let’s be serious: that takes it to a whole new level of internal stress that I don’t need right now.
What to do?
And then it hit me: maybe what I really need is a plan with a little accountability combined with a new attitude. To that end, my goal is to post at the end of each quarter about whatever progress (or lack thereof) I’ve made on my resolutions up to that point. It’s not too onerous this way, just 4 times a year — at the end of March, June, September and December — to see if I’m still on track or if the wheels have completely come off.
Coupled with this quarterly scorecard is a new attitude for 2014: do my level best and then let it go.
Letting go has never been my particular strong suit, but I’ve realized that, with the possible exceptions of eating better and sleeping more, none of these resolutions have any life-or-death consequences. The world will continue to spin on, regardless of whether I have knit one project or 15. Even if my laundry room remains a disorganized hole of gloom, it won’t change the course of history or have any profound effect on anyone (except me and my horrid attitude toward the never-ending piles of dirty clothes). And if world peace is achieved, it won’t be because I’ve read 10 more books this year than last.
In short, these resolutions are for fun. So I’m going to give it my best to continue to work on these little goals that make me happy. But if life and schedules and responsibilities get in the way, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Learning to let go is a worthy goal in and of itself, no?
Want to join me? How about we all meet here at the end of March and give a little update on our respective resolutions? Nothing huge, nothing fancy — just a quick post or comment to see how it’s going.
*WIPs = works in progress