Resolutions already dashed

January 10, 2018

News Journalist Hayden Thomson set a number of New Year's Resolutions in the first week of January, many of which have already been broken.

After waking up extremely dusty and hungover on New Year’s Day at a music festival in Warragul, I decided to postpone making my new year’s resolution until the following day.

I had never really made any, but after some motivation from a friend of mine, I decided to give it a go.

So here I was on January 2, sitting down and jotting a few things down on a scrap piece of paper on the kitchen table.

Planning out how I would wake up early, make the most of my mornings, get fit and attempt to set out some short and long-term goals for this year.

One of my first short-term goals for the year was to not drink alcohol for the month of January — start off the year on good note.

I had been successful in completing a month of sobriety in October and raised more than $750 in the process.

Within a couple of days I saw myself break this first goal (resolution), while waterskiing up on the banks of Lake Mulwala in Yarrawonga.

A weekend away with my cousins, uncle and aunties would not be the same without a six-pack of beers on the grassy foreshore.

But six turned into 10, 10 turned into a few more and before I knew it I was up singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody until all hours of the morning — while our deaf neighbours slept peacefully metres away.

It was fun, but damn, there went the first resolution.

The second was to wake up at 6.15am daily and go and do some exercise before work — in other words, become a morning person.

That did not last long either with the snooze button almost too tempting to press, I found myself scrambling out the door to get to work on time during my first day back at The News.

So that is when my research began.

Turns out I am not the only one to have to have had written down a number of resolutions only to break them within the first week.

Unfortunately, according to Google, there is a pretty good chance any resolution we make won’t be kept.

But I found some handy tips to help make them become a reality for all of you out there in the same boat as me.

Rather than a vague goal such as ‘‘get fit’’ or ‘‘save money’’ set a SMART goal, Forbes website tells me.

A goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-sensitive.

I guess that means I will have to wait until next year.

In the meantime, I will battle on continuing to sleep-in, drink beer and do as little as exercise as humanely possible.

Cheers to 2018.

Hayden Thomson is a News journalist.

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