I tend to make New Year’s Resolutions that I forget about by halfway through January and so to prevent that, I decided to put them down in writing and that way I can come back to it at the end of the year and see how I did. The main problem with vague resolutions is that they are hard to measure, so I will make them as specific as possible. My most successful New Year’s Resolution was in 2010 when I vowed to avoid “Any fast food with a dollar menu” and so I managed to avoid Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy’s for an entire year. Having such a specific goal forced me to stick to it and hopefully putting my goals down in writing will have the same effect.
1. Lose sixty pounds
This year I started on a strict diet thanks to a weight loss contest that started at work. When it began I decided that this was the jumping off point I needed, and so I dove right in. Now, about eleven months later, I’ve lost seventy pounds; more than 20% of my body weight; and feel better than I have in my useful memory. But, unfortunately, there is a lot of work left to go and while a steady 266 is far better than where I was I still have a long way to go. So I think losing another sixty pounds in a year is a reasonable goal and will get me closer to being healthy and remaining healthy.
2. Write consistently
Yup, a vague goal. I hope to write at least one blog post per week here, even if it is a video with a bit of commentary, and a post up on Otaku in Review at the very least once every two weeks. I would also like to spend more time working on my fiction than I did in 2011, which honestly was almost nonexistent. In 2011 I thought more about what blogging format I wanted to use than actually writing content. Now that things are set up the way I want I’m going to just work on my craft.
3. Take as many photos as possible
I started to take photography seriously as a hobby in 2011 but I still don’t get out and take photos as much as I should. So in 2012 I want to not only just take photos with less abandon with my camera phone but make sure to have my DSLR on me more often so I can take it out and start taking photos if the urge comes over me. Also I want to make sure I take more photos on occasions I do take out my camera, because there is no reason to hold back. This is especially true at conventions more than anywhere else.
4. Time management
One serious flaw I have is my lack of time management. I go to sleep too late, wake up too late, and waste my idle time. So part of my goal for time management is to wake up early, go to bed early, stick to a set schedule and not waste idle time. Idle time is death and even a few minutes is time I could be reading, writing, watching something, or playing a game. The more I get done in a day the better!
So those are four goals that I think are attainable for the coming year. I’m getting older, and it’s about time I start getting some important things together before it’s too late. Hopefully, these goals will allow me to take some steps in the right direction.