I’ve been working at Flourish Yoga for about a year now, whilst also studying nursing and chasing after my three-year-old daughter. Sometimes people assume I am a yoga teacher too, but I am very much a novice yogi myself, having started practising at Flourish in 2014.
This week on the blog, Bernie asked if I would mind sharing a little about what I’ve learned about sticking to New Year’s resolutions, based on my mixed experience last year!
In 2015, I had three resolutions: more yoga, more reading, and more running.
On the running front, I’d already been going along to parkrun (a weekly 5km timed run with a great community vibe) the previous year, but fairly sporadically. Parkrun offer an incentive of a special T-shirt when you complete 50 parkruns, so my goal in 2015 was to get my ’50 club’ Tshirt before Xmas (I had notched up 12 already, so wasn’t starting from zero).
Well, I ran my 50th parkrun on 19th December, and felt very pleased with myself. Mission accomplished!
As for the other resolutions…well, one out of three aint bad, right? I have to admit my yoga and reading goals fell by the wayside. You’d think working for a yoga studio would make it easy to get to yoga classes, but no. Because I can (theoretically) go anytime, I found it easy to put off, thinking “I’ll go tomorrow instead.” And as for reading…I didn’t open a single book!
Thinking back on I how I managed to complete 38 parkruns but not read a single book, here are three things I’ve learned about how to follow through on new year’s resolutions.
- Make it measurable.Having the specific goal of 50 parkruns to work towards made me track my progress constantly and pushed me out of bed in the mornings I wasn’t feeling motivated. Rather than merely aspiring to ‘read more’ this year, I’m going to put a list of 20 books on my fridge and aim to read them all by next Christmas.
- Lock in the time. Parkrun is held at 8am every Saturday morning, rain hail or shine, so I couldn’t put it off til another day. This year Im resurrecting my ‘more yoga’ ambition, but I’m going to choose two days a week as designated ‘yoga days’ and stick to a routine, rather than just vaguely aiming to go when I’m not busy (which is never!)
- Don’t be over-ambitious. Making big changes in lots of areas at once is probably not going to work. Aim for one or two realistic changes, rather than trying to overhaul your whole life at once.
So with that in mind, my 2016 resolutions are read 20 books, go to yoga on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and send birthday cards and gifts to all 10 of my nieces and nephews on or before their actual birthdays. Ambitious but achievable, I think! We’d love to hear your resolutions for 2016, and any tips for sticking to them!