Half a Spin Around the Sun: Setting Mid-Year Resolutions

On Sunday we celebrated Canada Day, and with it a half a trip around the Sun. With a full 50% of 2018 behind us, it is a time to reflect on the year’s successes (and yes, its failures too), to reassess New Year’s Resolutions and to set updated goals for the six months that lie ahead.

In December of 2017 I conducted a multi-day review of the year, I made a list of the “Stuff” that got done – 20 items that included:

  • Losing 68lbs (and as of January first – 71lbs)
  • Going Fully Dairy Free
  • Purchasing a New Car and Finally getting Snow Tires (safety first)
  • Embracing Minimalism (including a full purge of my Bedroom and Home Office)
  • Drinking only on Weekends and Holidays
  • Pre-Selecting my outfits each week, and meal-prepping on Sundays
  • And, being Named Executive Director of Convention Centres Canada

Then, I did a brain-dump of all the ideas I had for 2018 Resolutions. I whittled my list of potential resolutions down to 28 goals in 5 categories:

  • Health Goals, total 5, including: Completing 4 workouts per week, and joining a Lifesaving or Swim Team.
  • Financial Goals, total 6, including: Creating a Will, and Setting and Tracking a Personal Budget.
  • Personal Branding Goals, total 4, including: Establishing a Personal Branding Plan.
  • Mental Health Goals, total 7, including: Setting a “Can Watch” list of TV programs, and combating my innate introversion by seeking to spend more time with friends and family.
  • Other (Miscellaneous) Goals, total 6, including: Reading 25 books in the year, and collecting first person accounts for my Family Tree/Genealogy records.

As of July 1, 2018, I’ve completed 7 of my 28 Resolutions, this track record suggests that I need to be a bit less ambitious with my Mid-Year resolutions if I want to have any chance of meeting my year-end goals. My Mid-Year Resolutions now total 19, still divided into 5 categories. To keep on top of everything I’ve made some changes:

  • Each Resolution has a timeline/deadline attached to it, be it “ASAP”, “Ongoing” or a specific Month.
  • All ASAP, Ongoing and July deadlines are recorded on my Monthly Goals sheet, My Weekly Goal Trackers, and have been assigned time-blocks in my personal calendar (including alarms where I think I might need the extra push)
  • All Resolutions are listed on 1 page, with action items on the back; and I’ve updated my home-office whiteboard with a full list of urgent and ongoing resolutions.

The process of setting and resetting goals doesn’t take me as long as it used to, mainly because I spend a lot of time thinking about self improvement. I listen to Podcasts, including The Minimalists and the School of Greatness, I read books on self improvement and attend the Better Selves Book Club, and I search for inspiration on unexpected places – just yesterday I was watching one of my favorite YouTube Channels, Try Living with Lucie (which I love because it approaches life as the experiment it is) and caught the 5 Days of Kindness Episode, which spoke to me as “Small Acts of Kindness” remains on my list of Mental Health Resolutions for Q3 and Q4 of 2018.

What are you most proud of that has already gotten done in 2018? Have you learned from a failure? What have you resolved to do in the latter half of 2018? Is there one thing you’re going to give yourself a pass on?




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