Back in high school, my journalism teacher had us write our New Year’s resolutions each January after winter break.
We’d put them in an envelope, give them back to her, and she’d give them to us the following January (if that seems confusing, here’s some clarification- I took Journalism I, II, and III in high school). I always picked somewhat vague goals (and I still do), so that I would be shocked and super happy that I had accomplished what I’d written on paper.
These days I normally make a ‘Resolutions’ list in the Notepad app of my iPhone while I watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with my family about an hour before the ball drops.
I’m a list-maker, so I really enjoy making this show of commitment, and it makes me excited to accomplish most of these goals (I never quite hit all of them, and that’s okay- I’m not perfect).
This year some of my goals are (I got impatient- so ta da!- here is the early version):
- Do more yoga
- Write a second book
- Build the Happy Professor brand (in what ways, I’m not sure yet)
- Play my guitar more often
- Spend more time with friends and family
They’re not huge goals like ‘make a million dollars’ or ‘travel to 5 new countries,’ but for me, the above-mentioned are pretty significant, and will make me beyond giddy as I make the effort to ‘check them off’ (I know this from past experience- I’m very easily amused).
You don’t have to be an overachiever, and you don’t even have to make a list of resolutions for the new year, but consider some changes you could make to your life in 2015 that will make you ridiculously happy.