This is the annual new year’s blog post from Yours Truly. You know, tis the season to bare one’s sins, then talk about how awesome you’re going to be at not doing all the shit you did last year, or doing better at something, or whatever.
Well, this year I’m doing something different. FUCK ALL THAT RESOLUTION SHIT. I almost always fail at New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because changing behavior is FREAKING HARD. Take a look at previous resolutions, as well as the results of one of my resolutions, and you can see why I’m doing something completely different this year.
Instead of making a list of a bunch of awesome things I intend to do this year, I’m going to concentrate on ONE TINY THING, and then make that consistently a good habit. And to start, I’m going to do something small.
I can hear you telling me, “Bullshit, Bill. You just are doing this to do it.” Well, HA DE HA HA HA. The joke’s on YOU, pal. Cause I already tried this thru the month of December. I made a promise to myself that I’d make the bed every morning. As my wife can tell you, I hate making the bed. (Like most chores, to be honest.) However, I made myself a “chores” todo list, and “Make Bed” is on there EVERY DAY. And every day, I cross that little sucker off. At the end of the day, that little task gets logged by my little lifelogger – something I need to blog about again, as it’s evolved since that post – and I can see that I did indeed make the bed, along with whatever other things I did and places I went that day. Kinda cool.
Yes, I’m a 42 year old man, and on some level it’s sad that I have gameified things like this so I actually do them. But who gives a shit? It’s working.
So, to kick things off, my resolution for January is to:
do the dishes when I see they need doing
Yes, it’s a little thing. But it’s a step in the right direction, and I’ll see if these little things can build up into larger improvements.
Happy New Year, gentle reader. It’s 2015, and we’re supposed to have hoverboards and all kinds of other cool shit. Instead, we got Instagram, selfie sticks, and this blog. But no use crying over crappy gifts – let’s all go out and make 2015 better than 2014… one small, easy-to-do task at a time.