A very Happy New Year and a Happy New Semester (for some of you at least) to our Jaguars. How has the New Year been treating you? Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Or do you not follow that tradition and instead prefer to make small but incremental changes throughout the year?
Almost every year of my life, I start the New Year with a set of resolutions that I’m determined to keep. The actual results of my resolutions have been variable, predictably.
In 2021, I managed to mostly keep my resolution of becoming a professional editor in more projects in-and-out of SP Jain mostly successful but I failed miserably at my attempt to limit my social media consumption.
Most people, even in the best of times, feel ambivalent about making New Year’s Resolutions. And by February, you may have completely discarded, or forgotten about, the resolutions that you felt so excited about at the start of the year. The fatigue of the New Year’s is obvious now, with us entering the 3rd year of the COVID-19 pandemic and each year feeling more and more like the same bad situation. A McKinsey study of more than 65,000 North American workers found that 42% of women and 35% of men reported feeling burned out in 2021, up more than 25% from 2020, which was no easy year either. The burnout rates among healthcare workers are even higher, up to 75%, according to a US News report. After having weathered two years of never-before-seen global uncertainty, the ambivalence may have slid into helplessness. Why even attempt to set resolutions when I have no idea what will transpire in the coming months?
It’s natural for your enthusiasm to dwindle during the 12-month process of sticking to your objectives. When you don’t want to make the proper decisions, knowing that someone else is aware of your situation and will care can be really beneficial. You might also try to make your life adjustments plain and simple. Consider how you can lessen all friction in the direction of what you want to see in your life while increasing friction in the direction of the choices you don’t want to make. I also propose that you choose a location where you can write down actions connected to your resolutions and keep track of what you accomplish on a daily basis, whether it’s in a paper planner, a habit tracking software, or a shared document with an accountability partner.
I can’t promise that you’ll stick to your resolutions; only you can decide what matters most to you and what decisions you make in life. But I can assure you that if you follow the steps outlined above, your chances of success will skyrocket. Positive transformation is always possible. This year, regardless of what is going on in the world around you, you may grasp the chance to repeatedly do the activities that help you become the person you want to be.