I truly find that behaviour change resolutions are much more difficult that financial resolutions, but I will share them with you all in hopes that I am more accountable with my personal new years resolutions. I read in the paper the other day that behaviour changes take 66 days to truly become a pattern in our lives. So that means that if I managed to exercise three times a week over two or so months, I would be “home free” and this behaviour change (working out three times a week) will be ingrained in my personal life pattern… that it will become a routine, instead of something I have to force myself to do.
Personal New Years Resolutions- 2k11:
- Exercise more! Specifically, exercise at least twice a week (hey I’m starting off slow, they have to be achievable, right? LOL). This can be in the form of yoga, going for a run with the dog, or hiking. This was an epic fail last year, so hopefully I will be able to adhere to this resolution. I did buy a yoga DVD and I have a one month pass for a yoga studio I plan on using in February in which I will be going every day or maybe 4+ times a week.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff– Sometimes I find myself easily aggravated over little things, that really don’t matter in the big scheme of things. I need to be more patient and practice compassion. I know this isn’t really measurable, but I wanted to put it in here anyways.
- Continue volunteering– I volunteer twice a month at a soup kitchen and I also volunteered as a mentor last year for an immigrant who had recently come to Canada. I hope to continue this, but having both going on a the same time + blog + full time work + house stuff was a bit much last year.
- Hike the West Coast Trail– The West Coast Trail is a 75km wilderness backpacking trail on Vancouver Island and it takes about 6-8 days of hiking to finish. People come from all over the world to hike this popular trail and it is often on many hiking enthusiasts “must do” lists. 300 people a year have to be evacuated out of the trail due to serious injury, so it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. There are pulleys, cable cars, huge 20 feet ladders to climb… the ladders is the main reason I’m not so keen on it. I HATE heights (my palms are getting sweaty just thinking about it) and climbing a huge ladder with a heavy backpack isn’t my idea of fun… but hopefully I will manage to conquer my fear and not plummet to serious injury!
- Go hiking once a week at least during hiking season. I was really good at doing the Grouse Grind (this 2km long outdoor stairmaster in Vancouver) two years ago, but last year I think I only did it once. I might consider buying one of those “unlimited passes” to download from the cable car this year so I will be forced to hike it more often.
- Continue blogging three times a week– I love blogging but I find that it takes up quite a bit of my time. I need to continue on this quest for balance.
- Read a book every two months– Sad to say, the only time I read is during vacation, but I need to find the time to read in my day to day life. Usually I’m too exhausted to read before bed. I’ll try and read once a week during breakfast instead of watching the morning news.
- Bring a lunch to work every day– I actually look forward to my lunches (I make them the night before) and I like how I am saving $8 a day. Instead of lunches, I save my money for travel 😉
- Don’t go on facebook on the computer at home– I find my self obsessively compulsively checking facebook, maybe 15 times a day, I log in refresh, and log out. It’s almost like an addiction to updating and refreshing! I look at pictures of friends of friends sometimes, people who I don’t even know or even care about. I know this is definitely not healthy and is a huge time-waster (aka death to productivity). I am allowing myself to go on facebook during the day on my iPhone, but in the evening, I’m going to try and stay off it. I’ll do this by signing up for that site where you can ban sites from firefox called LeechBlock (shout out to 27 and Frugal who introduced me to this) and you can choose when to ban it (I chose M-F from 1800-2355).
Okay there you have it.. those are my personal goals. I think the most difficult one would be the exercise twice a week resolution… and reading a book every two months. Those involve some drastic behaviour changes from what I am currently doing. Please don’t hesitate to crack the whip if you see me falling off my new years resolutions LOL!
Readers, what are your personal new years resolutions? Do you find that the “66 day rule” for behaviour change is applicable to you?