The New Year is already two days old. Everyone has resolutions. I liked Nick Bilton’s the best. Friends have asked me if I have any new resolutions for 2012. I don’t. Just as I have lost enthusiasm for the New Year’s Eve (the pressure to do something…. Oy Vy!) for past four years, I have made no resolutions. Resolutions are hard and often fail. In order for resolutions to work, experts say that one needs to rewire one’s thinking. And that is much harder that we all think and need some near calamity to actually change things.
That is why I set simple goals to improve my life in incremental fashion. These changes are relatively small and easy to implement. For instance, I set a simple goal – eight out of my ten meals are going to be meatless. So far so good.
So what are the goals I have set for 2012? Nothing overtly complicated. I typically walk about 1.5 miles every day and I want to increase that to 3 miles – either by walking on the treadmill every day or simply walking over to my favorite coffee shop every morning. My second goal takes much less effort. I want to read more and since I cannot create time to read more, I am going to steal time from another activity – watching videos. In order to achieve that goal, I have banned all screens from my bedroom: television, laptop and iPad. (Not the iPhone, for now.) The combination of those two goals would help me sleep longer – about 6 hours from current 4.5 hours. That’s it.
Have an awesome 2012 everyone.