I begin every new year with the determination to :-
- lose two stone in weight
- take up jogging (and stick to it)
- read War and Peace
- become fluent in Spanish
- be more efficient over housework/ replying to school letters/ buying milk
- redecorate the lounge
Sadly, none of these has worked over the past decade so I'm scaling down my ambitions and aiming simply to achieve on a smaller scale.
In my alter ego as motivational guru I'd be warning you against making unrealistic resolutions because you're setting yourself up to fail by the end of January. Instead, make smaller goals, aim lower, then build on your success to achieve more. Instead of War and Peace, go for an easy read but read every day. Rather than take up jogging, go for a brisk walk every Sunday morning holding hands with your husband/ partner/ significant other. If you want to redecorate, pick up some paint charts and home decorating magazines to inspire you
But in real life, things rarely work out that way. I can't tell you how many tester pots are on the wall behind the bookcase and how many home magazines clutter up my shelves. I've turned procrastination into an artform and, if time wasting were an olympic sport, I could captain England. Therefore, my resolutions for 2011 are:-
- To seize every minute and enjoy it
- To spend at least half an hour every day in self improvement
- To stop checking my Twitter profile every two minutes and do some work
- To take my lovely husband out to dinner once a week
- And finally, to pay my daughters to paint the lounge.
Love Judi xxx