A Look Back at Old Resolutions

We’re just over a month into a new year but I feel like I’m still wrapping up 2019. Blame spending the first two weeks of January on the couch with a bum knee or my scramble to catch up with life once I became mobile again, but the outcome is the same: 2020 just started and I already feel like I’ve fallen behind.

One thing I’m not worried about? Keeping up with my 2020 resolutions. Why? Because after giving up on my 2019 resolutions last fall, I decided to go into 2020 without making any new ones. What helped me in 2018 turned into a chore in 2019, and I wanted to start the 2020s with a clean slate.

Comparing my 2018 and 2019 resolutions

2018 was the first year I made resolutions and tracked my progress over the course of a whole year. As a reminder, these were my 2018 resolutions:

  • Do fewer things, better
  • Keep a regular workout schedule
  • Try to focus on the positive

As a comparison, these are the three things I tried to do in 2019:

  • Protect my time
  • Listen to my body
  • Declutter my life

Looking at last year’s resolutions now, the first two look like watered down versions of their 2018 predecessors. I got better at doing fewer things, which gave me more time to myself. I started to overcome my bad habit of needing to urgently responding to everything, urgent or otherwise. There was some initial guilt and feeling like I was leaving people hanging, but I ultimately felt less burdened and no one seemed to notice the change.

While my top resolution of 2019 was a success, the second and third were hit or miss. As I mentioned before, I’m still injury-prone, so I have a lot of work to do in listening to my body. Decluttering my life was something that happened in fits and starts, not something I thought about over the whole year. Honestly, I only really thought about it when I had a resolution update to write.

2020: A Year Without Resolutions

2020 is going to be a big year for me. I’m turning 35. I’m getting married. I’m moving to a new place. I have plenty on my plate already. Giving myself a break to enjoy those things is exactly what I need to start the new decade.

However, I won’t be completely slacking off. As I mentioned in a post last month, I set a goal of finishing one book per month. Well, I’m happy to inform you that January went off to a running start. Being stuck on the couch for weeks means that I already finished three!

Maybe I’ll set some new resolutions in 2021. Truly new resolutions, not just reworded things from previous years. But for now, I’m just planning on trying to be a little better each day.

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