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2017 New Year Resolutions

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Vira, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. The Pro

    The Pro Seventh Year

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    Meh. My perception's pretty similar to 13thadaption.

    Last year I wanted to do a lot of things. Get good grades, get a somewhat stable job to occupy my time during holidays, improve my relationship with friends and family. Real simple stuff. So simple, I failed spectacularly. My grades were excellent (albeit not by my standards), but everything else was far from it. Too lazy to actually get a job and far too lazy to expend the necessary effort to improve relationships.

    This year my goals are similar. I've got a good feeling about this year and if I actually expend the necessary effort to get things done I'll do them.
     
  2. T3t

    T3t Purple Beast of DLP Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Did not have any formal resolutions, but if I had, they would have been along these lines:

    Professional: Convert my job from contract role to full-time. Succeeded, technically - got laid off from that one and found a new full-time role in the same office building, totally by accident.

    Health: Pick up some form of physical activity again. Succeeded - started going to gym with some regularity. Put on ~10 pounds of muscle mass over 7-8 months.

    Social: Find another girlfriend. Failed - though I did make several attempts, which was better than the 0 combined attempts over my lifetime previously.

    Writing: Wrote a few hundred words here and there; finished chapter 3 of IFIT. Ghostwrote a Hearthstone article for pay. Failure - this was a terrible year for creative writing, continuing several terrible years.

    Other: Self-maintenance (not health-wise - stuff like cooking, cleaning, etc). Hahaha. Miserable failure.

    2017 Goals

    Professional: Convince boss to start ramping up to larger projects so that I can learn proper software architecture.

    Health: Continue going to gym and putting on weight. Make several doctors' appointments.

    Social: Find another girlfriend.

    Writing: Write more fiction. Actually put out something complete.

    Other: Self-maintenance (not health-wise - stuff like cooking, cleaning, etc). Let's try this again. Maybe having a roommate will help with this.
     
  3. someone010101

    someone010101 Groundskeeper

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    Next semester shouldn't be too stressful, it should make a good fit for improving my general habits. Theoretically.

    Obligatory:
    -Keep track of my expenses again. I used to do it, stopped in december. Shoudn't take much effort.
    -Get a real sleeping schedule. Havn't had that for almost a year, it'd be super useful.
    -Likewise, get a real eating schedule
    -Eat less sugar, somehow lose about 5 kilogramms.

    Superduper important, not sure if ill do it:
    -Get a real reason to stand up in the morning, or a usable substitude. Ties into good habits and sleep schedule
    -Start working on things before the urgent deadline. That way it's less stressful, improves my sleeping schedule, I can polish more. Just better.

    Maybe:
    -Get a drivers license
    -Get fit
    -Less browsing websites like dlp, do something ill actually remember
     
  4. awinarock

    awinarock Alchemist

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    Not be a shithead.
     
  5. chaosattractor

    chaosattractor Groundskeeper

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    1. Keep up with my CBT.

    That's basically it.
     
  6. Samuel Black

    Samuel Black Minister of Magic

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    Every day, before I go to sleep, I'm going to write down one good thing that happened that day.

    This has been such a bad year in a multitude of different ways, but at the same time, those terrible events make up the minority of the events of this year. By doing this, I'll be able to go back at the end of the year and see all of the good things, big and small, that happened to me. Put things in perspective, in a sense.
     
  7. Nazgus

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    Haven't participated in these before, but today is the second best day to start right after yesterday and all.

    1.- Work out three times a week (MWF) barring nothing. I always make excuses for myself and get busy, I think it's about time I forcibly make time for this.

    2.- Related to the first, lose enough weight that my sides don't bulge out. I'd love to slap a number on this, but since I've never been fit, I can't really say how much I have to lose to feel good about my body. I'm not super overweight though, so I think it's doable in a year.

    3.- Read a minimum of one book every month. There's far too many books that I keep hearing about but never get around to because its easier to just browse for new fanfiction that keeps me entertained.

    4.- Do better in school. Last semester was a big improvement, but I know I can do a little better if I focus down. Got a B, a B+, and an A- this semester, going to aim for two B+ and an A- for this next one.
     
  8. FriedIce

    FriedIce Seventh Year

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    1) Figure out what I'm doing with my job long term.

    2) Start exercising regularly, as part of this start climbing weekly again.

    3) Pass my bloody driving test

    4) Read a book every other week (trying to split it 50/50 fiction/non-fiction)

    5) Find the time outside of work to start dating again.

    6) Find the time to go travelling for a month in the summer/autumn
     
  9. Dicra

    Dicra Seventh Year

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    Ah, hello there, dear Every Year Resolution of mine.
     
  10. Koalas

    Koalas Dark Lord DLP Supporter

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    1. Live healthier. I've been exercising. I've been eating well. It just hasn't been consistent, especially during crunch time at school. This year I'm sticking to schedule.

    2a. Get a (good) job. Its my last semester, followed by a work term. Turn this into money.

    2b. Move to a better city. Directly related to the above. Aiming for Calgary.

    3. Get to a basic understanding of French.
     
  11. Invictus

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    First time doing this, so let's go

    1- Get to 77-78kg. I'm down from my 91kg (in July) to 83kg, so this is definitely doable.

    2- Keep eating healthy. More or less. And cook more, or at least learn how to cook.

    3- Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. This is the one I'm most worried about. Last time I tried working out, hurt my cyatic. Not nice, but I gotta keep doing regular exercise (at least 3x a week)

    4- Take my studies more seriously. After an awful, afwul last year and a half, I think I can do this.

    5- Get more friends. Start networking.

    6- Get at least one Quest going, and update it regularly, to breach 100-150k words written.
     
  12. Lindsey

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    1. Be more positive.

    2. Be less lazy.

    3. Save more money.

    Very simple yet insanely hard goals. I noticed recently I am incredibly negative and flounder without a set schedule. I am ungodly lazy if I don't plan stuff out in a planner. Therefore, I want to make a schedule that actually has me start working towards things I've always wanted to accomplish. Less sitting on my ass reading reddit.
     
  13. Blorcyn

    Blorcyn Professor DLP Supporter

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    I haven't made new year's resolutions in the past but I've been ruminating on them and reading what you guys have been posting and thinking what I'd like to improve. Whether, if setting myself some targets of moderate difficulty, I'll be able to reach them.

    I'll definitely have to print this out or draw it onto something. I'm optimistic that if I can prevent myself from forgetting then I might have a decent chance with them.

    Three domains.

    Work:
    - I want to have undertaken a couple of taster weeks, or gone to some conventions. In fact, I want to make a chart of Specialties and cross them out over the next year until I can try things that I have a chance of specialising in.
    - I want to make a red briefcase: I want to monitor my income and expenditure. This year, I want to save between 5-10% of my post-tax Income.
    - Shitty mcwanky fucking eportfolio. I have done one reflection in 5 months. This is not sufficient. I want to do three reflections a month, from now onward. I want to complete my core procedures by the end of March.

    Hobby:
    - I want to actually start writing any of the ideas I've been interminably writing down shit plot details for. They're not very good, but I can't expect them to be unless I actually write shit. For January, a 1000 words a week, with the option of increasing on a monthly basis.
    - I want to use DLP more, I feel like a quasi-lurker. I need to use IRC more, and feel more a reciprocal part of this community.

    Health and Nutrition:
    - I want to have a dry January, and see how difficult that is.
    - I hate running. I recently managed my 5K goal consistently. I've since dropped to a mile because I really hate running. I'm moving to the beach soon. By December, I'd really like to be able to manage 10K consistently.
    - I spend too much on pre-made food. Excepting on trips/special occasions (I'm looking at you next Christmas season), I want to be preparing 5/7 of my meals a week.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017
  14. Mage

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    Success, did a bunch of travelling and really enjoyed it. Having the Southwest Companion Pass helps immensely despite my dislike of travelling on Southwest.

    Success, got about as much out of it as I could have hoped for. Still not making a ton of money by any means, however looking at the positive.

    Success

    Finally a success after having it on the NY's resolutions for forever.

    Half points, managed to do it on and off but do feel like I've got a good routine finally. Travelling posed the biggest problems.

    Half points - I had lost it until the last two weeks of December and then put it all on. Hoping that'll make it easier to lose though.

    Success, and love the new place.

    Failure since it was over 4th of July weekend, however did attend a Let's Play Live which was great.

    Was set up to do one and friend had a death in the family and we never rescheduled. Probably won't do another given my knee.

    Utter failure.

    Overall though 6/10 which is better than I normally do!

    1) Take 5 weekend trips

    2) Go to Australia at the end of the year

    3) Go to Scotland

    4) Lose 15lbs

    5) Continue to work out 4 or 5 times a week on average

    6) Take vitamins every day

    7) Attend RTX

    8) Read 26 Books

    9) Set up and stick to a budget for the entire year

    10) Get a raise
     
  15. Damask

    Damask Seventh Year

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    Recap time!

    Yep, I've actually gotten checked fairly often this year, it's a step forward.
    lol x
    This year 'round I just stuffed 'em full of sammiches. x
    lol x
    Oh, but it's not even the case anymore, I lost my upper vocal range to a nasty flu, how's that for a change? x
    I think it's best if I keep my mouth shut until I become better-informed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    ... Not quite, but I have transitioned to better quality press as opposed to blogs. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    lol x
    I bugged you guys about this in a thread, but blew my money on other stuff. Still in progress, though at least now I know what to buy. x
    lol x
    Yep, an inheritance x
    Trump won x
    In a sense. I've thought for a bit and came up with a disappointingly large and snarky list of personal flaws and critiques, conveniently numbered so that I can give myself a month in 2017 to work on each. Pretty eye-opening. Stuff I've known all along, but didn't want to stare in the face.
    Didn't manage to, but I've made progresses in: finishing a couple of chapters at a time from certain interesting textbooks; identifying the reasons of my failure (possible ADHD). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    OTOH, there have been a number of unexpectedly positive things — getting an adult wardrobe, putting together a name and basic plot and cool ideas for my monster of a fic, escaping depression by way of laughter therapy (a hilariously retarded thing came along and had me laughing for days), and doing better in college. Oh! And I got a diary for 2017, for writing down appointments and important stuff. Hope I'll use it this time around.

    Plans for 2017:
    1. Medicate ADHD
    2. Get the goddamn gym membership and use it
    3. Learn to drive
    4. Specialise enough so that I don't enter the workforce with impostor syndrome
    5. Replace my goddamn computer
    6. Move out of the matchbox
    7. Re-learn German
    8. Ramble less

    The first is essential, and then the others will follow suit.
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
  16. Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android Groundskeeper

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    1. Get job closer to where I live.
    2. Maintain a 6.5 GPA
    3. Quit smoking
    4. Read more novels
    5. Exercise
    6. Internet less
     
  17. Banta

    Banta The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    Goals:
    1. Pass the bar.
    2. Find a job AND/OR get in an LLM program.
    3. Watch more anime.
    4. Be healthier?
     
  18. Oz

    Oz Heir to Hogwarts Moderator DLP Supporter

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    1. Lose weight

    I'm like five pounds lighter than this time last year apparently. Put on a ton of weight in the first nine months before losing it again at the end of the year. Technically a success but doesn't feel that way.

    2. drink less

    Lol, not even anywhere close to a success by any measure.

    3. do more stuff that I enjoy

    Success. Lots of surfing and cycling this past year. Went skiing. Travelled to Edinburgh, London and Krakow.

    5. And go on a cycling tour somewhere.

    Failure. I did to a ton of cycling, but nothing that would constitute a tour.

    This year's resolutions:

    1. lose about sixty pounds
    2. cycle at least 5000km, but aim for over 10,000
    3. don't drink
    4. new job
    5. travel some more
     
  19. Fiat

    Fiat The Chosen One DLP Supporter

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    Going for simple-if-not-easy goals this time, I've aimed too high way too many years now.

    Just going to try to give up smoking - shouldn't be hard, I've cut down my tobacco intake massively in this past year, I just want to bring that number down to zero this time - and stop drinking as a whole. If I can do the former, well, I no longer have to worry about suddenly having a very painful pneumothorax out of the blue every few weeks. If I can do the latter, odds are good my life gets a lot better as a whole.

    Both are things I've been meaning to do for ages but have vaguely settled on halfassing for the past year. Still, I went down from a pack-a-day to a pack-once-every-few-weeks on tobacco and went from drinking a 26 six days a week to eight or nine drinks once a week in 2016, so I'm pretty sure I can deal with the last bits.

    Only things in my life (that I have control over) that I can really do much about. Grades are good, jobs are entirely reliant on rolling dice, too dead inside to want a relationship ever again, etc.
     
  20. Abaddon

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    My resolutions this year:
    1. Use my gym membership more than once a week
    2. Study more
    3. Stop procrastinating