New year resolutions have a bad reputation of being broken. The most common resolutions are losing weight, saving more, being healthy and fit, quitting smoking, and spending more time with family. A research study shows that only 8% of Americans successfully achieve their resolutions. “New year resolution” has a negative connotation (meant to be broken), is vague, and means something too distant in the future to be seen clearly. One year is a long time. I have been guilty of making and breaking resolutions every year.
This year, I’m going to use “new year commitments” instead of “new year resolutions”. The word “commitment” seems more positive, is a promise, is near-term, and indicates something to be started immediately. Is the choice of a new word just a superficial word play? Or will it have any impact on my “resolutions”?
My new year commitments for 2013:
(Update, Jan 10: I’m already changing my commitments today. Changing is better than not achieving because Jeff Bezos said that people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds.)
- Be a better person. To have more patience, be more forgiving, and be more loving. To keep negative feelings at bay.
- Be a better dad. To have more patience with the kids, yell less at them :), and be more accepting of their limitations because the only thing that matters in life is being a great dad.
- Design an adaptive learning product for school children to learn science and math. Science and math, usually taught in abstract terms, can be difficult to understand. Using examples from the real world and framing questions around them and taking into consideration the kids’ existing knowledge and misconceptions, it is possible to help the kids understand concepts effectively.
- Focus more, procrastinate less. At home or in the office, create to-do lists for each day, and act on the tasks.
1,000600 miles. On the treadmill and road. Complete the flying pig half marathon in May 2013 under 2:15 hours.(Added on 1/10/13) Lose most of body fat and gain lean muscle.
- Learn something new. Not finalized yet, but php programming, may be.