Erik’s New Year’s Resolutions: 2019

I’m not much for New Year’s Resolutions.

Dry January turns wet in a hurry, is what I’m saying. Now I don’t know if my issue keeping resolutions lies in swinging too big (Dry January) or too small (lose a few pounds), or if I was just too immature to get a goal and see it through 365 straight days. Whatever the reason, 2019 is going to be different, damnit. I’m an adult. Adults do this kind of stuff, right?

This year, I set myself several manageable (but not easy) goals for 2019. By putting them online I hope to keep them top of mind and use the power of public shame to keep myself on track. Without further ado, my resolutions:

  • Publish a short story in a literary journal.
  • Read 20 books.
  • Spend less time on my phone.
  • Learn to cook two things without needing to look up the recipe.
  • Play video games only one day per weekend (not both…baby steps).

These aren’t extreme, but their cumulative effect will be life changing, or so I think. Can I imagine not playing FIFA 19 for five hours Saturday and Sunday? No, so that’ll be a big change.

Anyway, that’s my list. I’ll check back in with myself in a few months time to see how I’ve done. As for now, it’s Saturday. I’m trying really hard not to turn on FIFA.

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