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Goals for the New Year

I don't make New Year's resolutions, do you? Instead, I make a list of goals that I'd like to meet sometime during the year. Sometimes my ambition gets 'way ahead of my energy and ability, but why not try anyway? Who knows what can be accomplished if we only try. 

With that in mind, here are a few of my goals for this year: 

Lose weght, exercise more and save more money. 

Oops. Those are not on my list, but they are on the list of a great many people. Those three things are the top New Year's resolutons and the top three that get broken. Maybe it's because we're not specific about it. It's one thing to want to lose weight. It's another to lose 10 pounds each month for three months by cutting out the soft drinks and chips and walking five times a week. 

Or how about resolving to save more money? Is it there to save? I have seen very, very few people who couldn't save a little more and they were homeless. Most of us can eliminate things and cut back on others to save a little more. How much? You have to answer that, too. Where will you put it? When? 

I kind of lied... two of the items I listed really are on my list. I'm not telling which two, though. 

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Helene said:

Each year, I concentrate to complete one project. With my income, this is a reasonable and possible amount of time to achieve what I have decided to do.

It also gives me time to find, sometimes reoccurring, sales. I'm in no hurry. I can wait for the best deals.

Because I am not very skilled or knowledgeable in subjects like gardening or home renovations, the one year limit also gives me enough time to research the internet for information.

During the last few years, I have had these one-year projects completed:

learning on the internet, reading about life after divorce, getting to stand on my own two feet and learning frugal budgeting

refurbish the home with new (very much needed) cookware and bedlinen

learning frugal cooking online

making a vegetable container garden on the balcony

water saving measures and routines at home

home repairs like water heater, taps, low-flow shower heads, sinks, painting the rooms etc

raising chicken and pigeons

gathering recession recipes from the internet

stocking up on essentials

After one year, it is nice to see the changes and improvements and you get a feeling of accomplishment.

Then it is nice to choose another thing to concentrate on for the next year.

Somehow, it is like work and play woven together, almost like a hobby, but one that is somewhat different every year.

Other than this, deciding on one yearly project to complete, I make no resolutions of any kind (did that before and it never worked for me). I suppose everyone has to find a way that works for him. This way worked for me.

January 2, 2012 7:07 PM

Pat said:

An impressive list! Yes, I think everyone has to find a way that works for them.

January 2, 2012 11:33 PM

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