Last year, instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I made December First Resolutions. I promised to follow up with a status report. I should have made a resolution to do so, because — of course — I never did.
So here we are over a year later, let’s see how I did.
1. Get up early. I’ve gotten better at this. Especially since I switched jobs. I get up between 7 and 7:15, most people would not consider that early, but for me it is.
2. Don’t take my phone everywhere. I failed miserably on this one. Especially if you consider the iPad to be as bad as the phone in this regard. Instead of using my phone, I now read the news, check email and twitter on my iPad during breakfast. If I could not check Twitter, Facebook or my email, I could justify this by saying reading the news on my iPad is like reading a newspaper. It’s the constant need to be ‘connected’ that is really the problem here. I try not to bring any iDevices to bed, which I’m good at, but while I’m up, I’m still much to attached to them. Darren Hoyt wrote a great blog post about this ‘issue’.
3. Move. Since I switched jobs, I’ve been walking or biking to work, which has helped me ‘move’ more. We also moved to Vermont, which means we can go for hikes, go skiing and enjoy the outdoors more easily. At work I still struggle to get up and move around at least once every hour or so. A desk job is a desk job no matter how motivated you are to not be sedentary.
4. Drink more water. This one has been hit and miss, some days I’ll be good at it, others I’ll completely forget. I’ve even gone so far as to install an app on my iPhone to remind me to drink water and get up and move around at random times. I’m using “Bloom”, which I don’t like at all and really isn’t what I need. If anyone has any tips on better apps to achieve this, please send them my way.
So if you are wondering where this year’s resolutions are; There are none, apart from trying to do better at the above listed ones.
Happy New Year!