The cliche is that every year one becomes a completely different person, changing their ways. However, we all know that is not true. So, I believe in the motto "New Year, But Not a New Me". Basically meaning that the way I am now is perfect enough for me, and why on earth would I change it?
Don't get me wrong, I love resolutions, goals, and motivation. But, I give it to myself in smaller doses and time frames. Here is my way of doing goals, the monthly challenge way.
The monthly challenge goes as so: you come up with a challenge, goal, or resolution per month you would like to accomplish. Throughout a year I feel people forget and don't accomplish what they set forth. Focusing on something each month sets the habit in motion, and thus you are more likely to get it accomplished. Each year I come up with my challenges each month. Here are mine for 2014:
January: Wash my face twice a day: I usually do it in the night-time, but I always seem to forget in the mornings!
February: Work out 3 times a week!: I need to work on getting in shape for my upcoming tennis season! And I am hoping that it will continue throughout the year
March: Do my homework immediately after-school: wouldn't it be nice to not stay up in the wee hours of the night? YES.
April: Be sleeping by 10: now that I am done with my homework, I will probably stay up till at least 11 doing absolutely nothing. But I should not and thus I will work on it!
May: Remember people's names: I am terribly forgetful, and before summer I make it my goal to remember the blondie in my chemistry class so that I can hang out with them over the summer!
June: Take time to look around: a vague one, but I am going to Europe during June and I want to not focus on the popular tourist attractions and look around.
July: Volunteer once a week: I volunteer regularly throughout the summer, but I seem to peak in June. I want to continue to volunteer throughout July so that I can help the community!
August: Be timely: During the first week or so of school I seem to be tardy to all my classes. I want to be on time to all my classes and all my after school activities.
September: Look into colleges: I have been pushing this back many times, but since I will be a junior next year I need to see where I want to go and tour some colleges.
October: Hang out with my friends: usually not a common goal, but I always seem to be so focused on school at this point I forget the most important thing, friends! I want to be sure not to get bombarded too much and to allow myself some freetime around school, tennis, debate, key club, renaissance, stuco...
November: Hang out with my family: holidays are starting and so is my family cheer! I want to be able to bond with my siblings especially (many are in college) while they are in town.
December: Nothing!: I want to enjoy the holidays and not focus on anything for December. Also, I need to begin planning for next years resolutions!
There you are. My plans at becoming a perfect person in the process of 12 months (just kidding!). I'll keep you all updated on what I believe to be a MUCH better plan then a year long resolution.