Learning a new language, reading more, going on a diet… Do you find keeping New Year’s resolutions to be an impossible task? Well, let’s do something different this year: let’s make resolutions that make sense.
Below are a list of seven resolutions that Sandman’s Head Office is going to (try) and live by for 2015.
1. Do One Push Up Every-Other Day
Think about it. The biggest obstacle about working out is laziness and difficulty. When they get combined, the inconvenience of finding a gym, of committing an hour, of changing clothes and planning showers… it works against you.
So, every other day, do a single push-up.
Here’s what will happen. You’ll get into a rhythm and set reminders for your work-out. You’ll have a tiny sense of a continuing promise to self-betterment that is almost too small to forget or avoid. One single push-up with built-in rest days! How could you not?
You’ll gain confidence and a routine for working out, or at least a recurring reminder to think about it. You’ll have the pride of awareness and the momentum of successful obligation to build off; maybe that one push-up will lead to a full set. Maybe crunches too. But maybe not!
Because as long as you do that one push-up, you’ve reminded yourself that there’s room for more and you’ve lifted the fog of apathy from your mind. And, even if you don’t work out more that day, you’ve satisfied your mental requirement for more.
2. No Bad Fries
Life is too short for bad french fries. If you’re going to treat yourself, you should appreciate it. Humdrum junk-food eaten without appreciation is a waste of the purpose of food; to serve you and to be savoured. Extend that, then, to all bad junk food; either get the good stuff or get nothing.
This resolution will make you healthier and/or happier. Because you’ll either opt for better fries – sweet potato, truffle-based, garlic parmed – or fries from a place you trust. Once you cut out the generic “I guess” unthinking acceptance of mediocre junk food, you’ll be more aware of eating habits and happier for them.
Keep in mind that this bans only the mediocre, unthinking regretful food – you’re absolutely encouraged to get the good stuff, good slices of pizza, favourite Ben and Jerry’s etc. Those are the better foods in life: this is just about avoiding the wack “I guess” pretenders from your life.
Cut the mediocre from your diet, and you’ll be healthier or happier. And hey, maybe both.
Do you like movies? Watch more movies. Find the movies you always wondered about and watch them. Rewatch old favourites with a critical eye. Find out what you like about Scorsese or Tarantino or any other director that’s both good, hitting that cross-section of artistic, important, and fun.
If you like movies, pick a director from here: Spike Lee, Tarantino, Hitchcock, or Scorsese. All four directors are important, talented, stylistic, and enjoyable. Seriously.
People talk about learning a new language, or reading more, or any other resolution that sounds like homework. So why not blend the two and find that cross-section of the productive and enjoyable?
You’re more likely to do something you actually want to do. You don’t get credit for saying something.
If you like music, make sure you listen to all the albums you’ve heard are amazing. If you don’t know much outside of rap, but if you haven’t heard “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” do it right now. It’ll be the most productive, enjoyable, and important 68 minutes of your new year.
What else should people read, watch, and hear for the year? Leave your to-do list in the comments and borrow someone else’s. Yay! We’re productive now!
Say nice things when you feel them, quickly choose the difficult truths you’re only going to choose later anyway and say “no” to things you don’t want before you regretfully find yourself at seven masquerade brunch-parties.
Cut to the chase in 2015. You’ll be happier, and it’s what you’ve wanted to do all along. Isn’t it relieving to have somebody else tell you to?
None of that vague “I want to work out more!” stuff, either. The clear, simple “what do I need to do this year/month/week” type list.
Here’s an example list for a year’s resolution that gets to the gritty and will keep you accountable.
Cook stir-fry at least ten times.
Cook eggs at least twenty times.
Go to the gym at least ten times.
Read at least three novels.
Write at least twenty emails home this year.
(Insert yours here)
See? Those are tangible, check-off-able things you can do every day and will add up over the year. You want to cook more? Make a modest (modest! It should seem too easy on paper, because it’ll be much harder in life) numbered list of tasks. Every time you do it, you’ll see and feel the progress of taking a step forward, and you can see the evidence of your year and progress.
It’s like a diary of success that holds you accountable!
Simplify your life.
Throw out old clothes that you hate (actually donate them, don’t throw them away) and any other clutter that holds you back, literally or otherwise.
Make space in your life. Leave it elegant and neat and see what new, lovely chaos will come to fill it. Sort through that chaos and take what you love. Toss the rest, and repeat it again.
That’s life, and the more space you give yourself to live in it, the happier you’ll be.
Take pride in your accomplishments and they’ll come to you more easily.
Savour your failures and you’ll find them everywhere.
Resolve to have a better perspective on yourself and your improvements in the new year and watch as you step up to fulfill the promise of your attitude.
Feeling good provokes good results. It’s a rare and lovely synergy that should be savoured.
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Tell us about them and how you plan on keeping your resolutions this year.
Happy New Year’s from all of us at Sandman Hotel Group!