Friday, January 7, 2011

All is not lost: Resolutions part two

How did I do in my pre-resolutions? Why, thanks for asking. I failed probably half of them.

Writing every weekday at 10
Did it for a few days, then had to juggle the times. I did, however, get much better at sneaking in sentences here and paragraphs there in between opening presents and making crepes and playing Clue.

Practicing every weekday at 2:30
I kept having to change the time for appointments and volunteer schedule

TKD and exercise
Lots of work before my midterm and then there was baking and there were parties and...

When I reviewed my pre-resolutions mid-month, I realized this was the most neglected aspect and scrambled to make up for the neglect. But like brushing teeth, housework is something that has to be done consistently instead of in bouts of mad activities spaced too far apart.

And here I thought I was choosing things I could succeed in, but I misjudged my ability to not to stick to a plan. Sure I can blame it on December and festivities and having two kids underfoot, but no amount of blaming can change the fact that I didn't do what I thought I would.

What does this tell me? Well, that new habits are monstrous things and that I have an infinitely creative mind when it comes to procrastinating.

But all is not lost. I found a pattern with my procrastinating. And knowing my enemy is the first step at conquering it I say. Here is my weapon:

Every day, I will do something that I really do not want to do.

I am also going to steal Story Queen's resolution, which is

to laugh more.

And, one more, that I started doing for the past few years:

Cut 'em some slack

What do you think? Do you think I'll succeed?


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Remember that song, Whistle While you Work? Maybe music would help you dance through the housework. I'm not saying that I know this from experience or anything....
One thing you do really well is update your Goodreads. I'm so impressed. I just today threw half a year of stuff at it. I, hereby, make if my new year's goal to update as often as you!

Yat-Yee said...

Tricia: now that you've mentioned Goodreads, I realize I haven't updated my last two books!
Yes, music does help tremendously. I do that now primarily for doing dishes at night. Doesn't work so well for when I have to vacuum.

Bish Denham said...

Might I suggest one last thing which kind of goes along with laughing more...Remember to HAVE FUN!

MG Higgins said...

Yes! I think you'll succeed. When I'm tackling something I really don't want to do I remind myself of the enjoyable thing I'm going to do afterwards--like writing or reading. I also think of something I'm grateful for. Like the fact I'm lucky to have two toilets in two beautiful bathrooms to clean. It helps my attitude a whole bunch.

storyqueen said...

I don't put myself on a time schedule, because there is ALWAYS something that gets in the way. But I sometimes make goals like "write one page a day." That way I can stuff it in whenever I can. If I get it done early, sometimes I go back and do another one.

MG...haha about being lucky enough to have two beautiful toilets to clean! I'll have to try and see it that way myself.

Take care...and laugh!


Yat-Yee said...

Bish: Laughing and having fun are Good Things. (How do you like my Martha impression?)

MG: You're so right, of course. I should be mindful more often of all the blessings I have, beautiful toilets included!

Shelley: I thought I would wiggle out of my commitments if I didn't make them precise. Turns out I can wiggle out of anything! But not laughing, I promise.

Laurel Garver said...

I LOVE your anti-procrastination motto. I will have to try that one myself.

Wishing you all the best with forming new habits this year!

Laoch of Chicago said...

I think we seldom succeed but the efforting is the important thing. I hope you will interesting journeys.