Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Posted January 2, 2017 by Zeee in Discussions15 Comments

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Let’s talk about anything bookish, or not!

Ah, welcome to the new year! So, what usually happens during this time of year? RESOLUTIONS! *shudder* THAT word scares me to pieces! Well, only because I ALMOST ALWAYS do not follow my resolutions.

My 2016 New Years Resolutions, have not come to fruition and I actually forgot one of those resolutions from DAY 1! Figures. I’m really not one to make a resolution because:

  1. Once I make them, I don’t follow through. I think this goes for everything that I set my mind to. I always end up running the other way once what I plan to do is written down or even mentioned. It must be the Aries in me.
  2. I set my resolutions too high to be achieved. Okay, I lied. I KNOW I can achieve them, but I mostly try to go out of my way to NOT achieve them (see item number 1).
  3. I honestly don’t know why I make these resolutions that I do not follow through.

As much as I want to meet all of them, I don’t seem to. So, this year, I am NOT making a resolution, bookish or otherwise. This is because I want to keep my sanity! I feel super anxious when I look at all my resolutions that have not been achieved and I just want to yell at my past self for making all these resolutions.

I do know that there are a lot of people that love making new years resolutions. Sadly, I am just not one of them. 🙁

Do you make New Years’ Resolutions? Do you have a love/hate making resolutions?

If you made resolutions for 2016, did you achieve them?

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15 responses to “Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. I do make resolutions because I love writing lists. 🙂 I don’t always follow them (they’re often very ambitious) and I try not to beat myself up too much about it. But I like having a general idea of where I want my year to go, both on a personal and professional level.

    But I get why you might not want to make any resolutions – and it’s a brave thing to do! 🙂
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  2. Em

    At first I was going to say no, but then I really had to think about this one. I USED to not make them, but then I did, only I called them goals. Only cause I’ve been taught to break your goals down into steps. Take last year, my goal was to be working again by the end of 2016. So my steps were 1 – to have the surgery to fix my medical situation that was keeping me from working full time again, cause if I am going to work, I am going to work full time like I was a few years back. (only hopefully with better pay) That part was easy since my goal in 2015 was work/push my doctors into finding out what was wrong with me. That happened surgery for Dec ’15 got pushed back into 2016 because I was fevery the day of the surgery. 2- Organize for a easy recovery and things to do during recovery. I believe when you have your keep your mind out of yourself when recovering it goes by faster and easier. So I cleaned, stocked up on food and drinks I like, books! books! books! and moved things around to make it easier for me to moved about my home. 3- Right before I am cleared to work, start looking for work. Thank gods for the internet, so I could see who was hiring around me without having to drive like the “good old days.” This step was supper important and helpful cause on the day before my birthday, I was cleared to work again and the day after my birthday I was hired. I was part time but by August of 2016 I promoted to a baker and now pull at least 40 hours a week, and make more money than my last job.

    Easy broken down goals to handle, that really had more steps, but you should get the picture.

    Unlike what I say every new year – “This is the year I am going to lose weight!” and never even try. (Fun Fact I didn’t even do this for 2016, and did lose weight – a byproduct of working again and that surgery)

    This year I have some goals to save money for retirement (yes I will not be able to work forever) and reading goals, which I have broken down to read 50+ pages each day to get at least 1 book read a week. Also some writing goals too.

  3. I always try to make resolutions that I know I can at least accomplish the majority of them. They have to be within my limits and goals that I know I can and will reach. I reached most of my 2016 resolutions. So many of the resolutions I made this year, are ones I know I can succeed in. I do like to be challenged though and I am very goal oriented so they help me out quite a bit. But they aren’t for everyone. I definitely respect that they aren’t for you.
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    • That’s me! Not goal oriented at all! I feel like whenever I put something down in paper or online or even speak it out loud, I do not seem to achieve it! This is why I envy those who are very goal oriented! 🙂

  4. Sharlene Wegner

    I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions for awhile. I am thinking about keeping some sort of journal this year just to encourage myself. Maybe to write down my achievements, rather than make a goal and fail. There are many things I should resolve to do, so any baby steps I take are a good thing. I would have 3 categories- diet & exercise, house cleaning and organizing, reading. I made a GR goal for 150 books, which I did easily this year. I also made a goal to get through a few series that have been on my TBR for several years, which also shouldn’t be a problem. Happy New Year!

    • Oh yeah! It’s an awesome idea to just write down achievements instead of writing goals. This is why I don’t really like writing resolutions because I always suck at following through.

      Good luck with your goals, Sharlene!

    • Em

      Looking at the positive instead of setting yourself up to be disappointed is a great way to look at it. It also makes me want to try harder, seeing what I did and how much more I can add to make that positive better. Does that make sense?
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  5. Nope, I don’t make resolutions (other than a few bookish goals, but those aren’t serious). Resolutions backfire because almost no one is able to keep to them perfectly, and then, as soon as you screw up, you feel like, “Oh, well, that’s it, gotta wait until the next year now…” and then that accomplishes nothing. Better to make goals whenever you need them 🙂
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    • You are absolutely right, Kristen! I think I was in that frame of mind 2 months into 2016! haha

      I only joined a few challenges this year so I’m pretty sure that it wouldn’t be a problem following through… I hope!