Holidays · Underemployment

My New Years Resolutions

Working on my New Years resolutions...

I feel like every other blog post that I read lately is about setting New Years resolutions.

People have strong opinions about the effectiveness of setting New Years resolutions. My opinion: if you really want to make a significant change, then you have to make a plan for how you’re going accomplish it. And there’s no better time than the New Years to get people onboard to help motivate you.

I received a book called “Resolutions: A guidebook for planning good intentions” in my stocking this Christmas. So far I have just been browsing through the pages, but I love the idea of setting goals and keeping track of progress over time. I am not such a big fan of the sections for rewards and punishments, however, because accomplishing a goal should be reward enough. But I’ll definitely be taking some quiet time over the next couple days to go through the different sections and write out some of my intentions for the new year.

I think my biggest goal for this year will be to find full-time entry-level employment in my field (biology). So I’ll be writing down my plans for getting closer to that goal. It’s all down to perseverance and following-up on interviews/applications these days. Hopefully I’ll come up with a strategy that lands me my dream entry-level job! If I do, I’ll be sure to share my strategy here on my blog.

Otherwise, all of my goals will be monthly challenges starting January 2012 with a buy nothing month. I am already pretty excited about the challenge. I intend to make the most of it by learning as much as I can about consumerism and the material culture that we live in. I really hope to open my eyes and become a less materialistic person.

What are your resolutions for the new year? Are you in the same job-seeking boat as me? I wish you all the best of luck in the year to come!



5 thoughts on “My New Years Resolutions

  1. too funny. i just posted a recap about my 2011 resolutions, and now i’m working on defining my goals for 2012. :o) one thing i’ve learned that might prove useful on your journey in the new year is to keep it REALLY SIMPLE. number one on my list right now for 2012 is also to find a full-time job… keep your head up – something will come along. best wishes! and, i love reading your blog. :o)

  2. Good luck! There is a job out there for you, maybe it isn’t even open yet, but you will find it.

    For the buy nothing month I have one suggestion that has helped me save LOTS of money these past three months: Leave all the cards at home. I only take cash out for food. When I think about buying something that I don’t necessarily need, I realize that all I have is that $20 to get me through the week, and I hold off.

    Good luck! You can do anything you put your mind to.

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