11 resolutions for 2011

11 resolutions for 2011

As 2010 draws to a close, how do you see yourself in 2011? Do you dream of a new beginning where old, unpleasant habits have been shrugged off? Here is a list of eleven slightly unconventional resolutions that are sure to put a positive spin on your new year…

1. Learn a language

I don’t mean you have to learn one fluently – that might be a little too ambitious. Just try learning enough to get by when you visit the country and, most importantly, learn enough to be polite. As a nation we really need to exert a bit more effort in this field – it’s insulting to assume everyone wants to speak in English.

2. Try one new recipe every week

This will add diversity to your diet and rapidly improve your skills as a chef.

3. Start cycling

Cycling is very fashionable at the moment: it’s good for the environment, saves you money and keeps you super fit. It’s a trend that’s definitely worth embracing.

4. Seize the day

As Andy Dufresne famously says in Shawshank Redemption, “get busy living or get busy dying”. Make 2011 a year when you seize the day and get busy doing everything you always said you would. Get the tattoo you’ve always wanted to get. Travel to the place you always said you would visit.

5. Surprise your partner once a week

Next year, why not treat whoever you’re dating to a surprise a week, whether it’s a spontaneous gift or an adventure weekend away. This is bound to spice things up and bring you closer together.

6. Be more generous

Try to be more generous in everything you do. Organise at least one fundraising event in the next year or start volunteering in your local community.

7. Spend more time doing what you love

Nowadays, we tend to become entirely selfless. We are slaves to our jobs and can never squeeze in any time for ourselves. What you could do in 2011 is make sure you put aside some time to do what you love, whether that’s going to the theatre or going on a few more holidays.

8. Spend less time near the screen

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of television every so often. But a good resolution for 2011 could be to try to reduce the amount of time you spend near a screen – get out, socialise and embrace real life (rather than fictional life!).

9. Build up your confidence

As a great philosopher once said (or maybe it was Derren Brown), “courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it”. In 2011, try to bear this in mind when facing challenges. Deliberately attempt things that are outside your comfort zone and soon you will feel your confidence building in all areas of life.

10. Spend a week every month not drinking

Giving up alcohol is a bit of a clichéd New Year’s resolution. But a target of tea-totalling one week in a month is much more manageable, and you’ll be surprised at how much money you will save by doing this.

11. Make time for those you’re drifting apart from

Look at everyone in your life and work out which people you really aren’t spending enough time with. You and your partner might share perfect compatibility but don’t see enough of each other. There might be an old school friend you haven’t seen in a while. Make the effort now before you end up losing them.

Don’t make 2011 a year of broken promises. Try out just one of these eleven resolutions and you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it could make to your daily life.

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