As a perpetual list maker and planner, I used to fill pages with ideas for New Year's Resolutions…because there were so many, I became overwhelmed with the number, hadn't prioritized them and soon gave up entirely.
However, the single self-challenge I set for myself for the year of 2019 proved successful. With filled closets and drawers, I wanted to see if I could go the entire year without buying a single additional piece of clothing, shoes or jewelry. It worked!
Fluffing my feathers for that achievement, I set a goal of 3 walks/week on specific days (Tues/Thurs/Sat) because after the loss of my beloved 4-legged walking companion, I'd found it very difficult to take walks alone. This proved harder than the 2019 challenge but with one more day of 2020 and one more walk to take, (some days wearing out the house carpet!) so far so good and I plan to carry this challenge forward into 2021. The discipline required rather than the length or number of steps made this one far harder to reach because I can so easily procrastinate about some tasks.
During this last year, I became lax about sorting through, discarding and recording paperwork information needed for accountant and income tax filing so added a new challenge: Setting a timer for 30 mins and stopping when the timer went off, I set Mon/Wed/Fri to tackle some of the paperwork. Stopping when the timer goes off is important for me because I can tend, once started, to keep going until reaching burn out. Alas, I haven't succeeded here as consistently and "excused" the lapse with prep for the holidays. On the last Wed. of the yr, today is a good day to resume this.
I've been thinking for a few weeks about a new challenge for 2021. My first choice is to see if I can re-teach myself to knit. I used to enjoy making simple hot pads and slipper socks to share with friends and nursing homes. However, arthritis in my right hand and particularly thumb, may mean I may need to set something more achievable. I have the basket of yarn, needles and instr. manual out but have yet to see if I can handle the needles.
So I'm contemplating a "back-up" challenge if this doesn't work. If it does, I may pursue this one, too. Some observe "meatless Mondays" and I'm considering setting no added sugar and no added salt 2 days/week as a challenge. Diagnosed with pre-diabetes , high b.p. and kidney disease, I began restricting meats, sugar and salt with the diagnoses but would like to double down on the sugar and salt because they are easy to ignore.
As with the past too many N.Y. resolutions, I tended to make too many and too lengthy "to do lists". A few years ago, I found that jotting down just three achievable "to-do tasks" for the next day in a spiral notebook not only works but also gives me a quick "starting point" each day.
Anyone else else up for sharing a self-challenge for the New Year???
Filled with hope that this next year will find us all in a much better and more normal life!! Best to all!