I am referring of course to New Year Resolutions which, for the purposes of this post, I shall refer to as YPs (Yearly Procrastinations) because that's all they are really - things that we ought to have done this year but which it makes us feel a little better to say that we will start "tomorrow". As with any job that you put off until later you get a short burst of pleasure from not having to start today (think back to school homework).
Like all planning aims and targets, YPs should be achievable, realistic, challenging and have clear deliverables. As with any project, YPs need to be managed; you need to keep an eye on the work and be prepared to make slight adjustments according to the success you are having. Initial targets might quickly prove to be over-optimistic. The most common YP is to lose weight such as 'I aim to lose (x) lbs/kgs a week/month/quarter'. After the end of week 1 the target could well be adjusted in the light of one's inability to reach the desired weight. At some stage you will be tempted to procrastinate and say 'Oh. It's not realistic this month so I'll start next month.' How long before it becomes next New Year's Resolution?
So, sticking my neck out, here is my YP. I wrote recently about the number of books that pile up without being read. In my case I have no problem reading fiction since I can use my iPad Kindle app easily and downloads are not too expensive. My great love, however, is for non-fiction books covering a wide range of my interests such as Computers, IT, History, WW1 & WW2, Humour, Lists, Ancestry, Language and Grammar, and Travel. Unlike a fiction novel or thriller, it is rare for me to read right through a non-fiction book. I prefer to dip into a book at random and see what I can find. The trouble is that it is all too easy to dip into Facebook or Twitter instead and spend far too long on trivial nonsense. Therefore I am going to try to pick up a different one of my books from my shelves each week and see what interesting facts I can find. I'll make a record of these facts and aim to produce a list of 52 gems of information by the end of the year. If I achieve it, I will let you know and might even share my list with you. If I don't achieve it...well, there's always next year!