New Year's Resolutions Are Yucky

2019 is here. It feels like only yesterday it was 2003 and rapper 50 Cent had just released "In Da Club". Maybe that says more about my poor taste in music then how quickly time flies.

Marlee and I have successfully made a move back to Melbourne. I spent the entire December travelling through New York, Wichita, Dallas and Austin. It was a fantastic month catching up with old friends, (thanks for having me KC) and making lots of new ones.

In the 15 days we’ve been back in Melbourne; we’ve managed to find a place to live, see my beautiful sister get married (congratulations again Jo and James) and start planning a wedding of our own. 2019 is shaping up to be a big one.

The first 2019 edition of The Greenwood Journal is, you guessed it, about my dislike of New Year’s Resolutions. Not resolutions themselves, but the limited amount of time we talk about them.

Why my dislike? Because resolutions see a big spike during the transition from one year to the next. Rather than a constant awareness throughout the year, most people just think about them for a short amount of time.

According to the Statistic Brain Institute the top three in order are; lose weight/healthier eating, life/self-improvement and better financial decisions. Bonus fact; find the love of my life comes in at number ten.

I’ve never liked New Years Resolutions. Mainly because they have a great PR team, who gets everyone talking about them for a short time - but I’d love to see people talking about their goals, motivations, passions and mental health for their entire lives. Not just a two-week period at the start of each year.

According to the same study, 27% of people abandon their resolutions by the first week, 31% by the end of the second week and a whopping 80% by the second week of February. The odds are not in our favour. 

I’m aware that so far I’ve presented a lot of negative opinions and not a whole lot of solutions. So my recommendation is this.

Don’t stop thinking about you at the end of January. Think about you for the whole of your life.

Take some time out on the last Sunday of every month to see how you are progressing against what you've set out to do.

Schedule time in your Google/Outlook calendar, mark it on your wall calendar, put it in your phone, ask your barista to remind you - it doesn’t matter how you do it.

Set aside an hour or two. Take yourself out for a nice brunch. Bring your journal, phone or laptop - whichever way you record your goals/objectives/focus and just see how you are coming along.

You may have new or updated things you’d like to do or achieve. You may want to focus more on one thing. Whatever it is, just take the time to check in with yourself.

Don’t let all these positive conversations be a January only thing. Make it a whole of 2019 and beyond thing.

Until the next edition of The Greenwood Journal, enjoy the start to the year wherever you are.

Lots of love.