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  1.  (10414.21)
    (FUCK just lost this post, now trying to retype it from memory)
    Tip: Dont make Dont Do This Thing resolutions, make Things That I Can Celebrate Accomplishing ones.

    I usually do a list of 10 resolutions each year and count the year as a success if I complete over half of them. 2007 I didn't bother with a list and that was one of my worst years ever. This year I didn't get round to it either, and it also ended up pretty empty. I didn't achieve much, didn't write anything, and undid some of the progress I've made in the last few years.

    So I've been half-arsedly (this is a word) planning MMXII's list for the last two months, hopefully finish it today. The main points are WRITE STUFF. ANYTHING. WRITE A LOT. And to somehow get money since I've been living on £10 a week for most of this year.

    One of my best resolutions was 2010's 'Be more like Nick Cave.' I need someone to emulate this year, I'm thinking a prolific writer.

    Also consider planning 2012 as if the world really is going to end next December.
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2011
    I'm thinking of making this a checklist for 2012:

  2.  (10414.23)
    The only way I've ever kept a New Year's resolution has been to make it public. For example, if you resolve to work every day on your Great American Graphic Novel, tell people that, then post daily updates on your blog, Facebook, or a site like Sequential Workshop. If you know that people are keeping tabs on whether you're keeping at it, you're much more likely to.
  3.  (10414.24)
    @Jason A. Quest:
    That's a good suggestion! I'll be tweeting my daily progress :D

    also, small update to my goal: 260 or more b/w comic pages.
    Why so many? 2008 was 129 color pages, so it would have to be 130 at least. And since I'll be working b/w I want to double that.
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2011
    I tend to go with resolutions that are a bit more general. Anything ending with "every day" probably isn't going to happen, as I always fail at those. I'm also somewhat realistic. As much as I'd like it to be otherwise, getting a place of my own will not be in the cards for next year, but I can start doing things that ensure that it happens in 2013. It also helps that it be something I want to do and can have fun doing. Sure beats "needing" to.

    For the past two years I go to a Buddhist Temple in the city for the New Years service. I can't this year due to stomach problems and my best friend who I normally go with is moving. So I'll be thinking of a few things...particularly in removing the bad memories of the year and only keeping the lessons learned. And having a marker to keep track of the progress I've made in becoming more like the person I want to be really helps as well. As a friend of mine said "Think of the person you ideally want to me and look at yourself as you are now. Remove anything that doesn't match and bring out the things that do match". Because of that, I make promises to myself every year to better myself.

    So my promises for next year are:

    1. lose this holiday weight
    2. Lose the remaining weight to reach my goal.
    3. Brew more beer. Get experimental. Go wild!
    4. Learn how to sew to the point where I can make stuff.
    5. Take more photos.
    6. explore for inspiration. Don't be afraid to try something new.
    7. Build up my bank accounts "zero point" until I have enough to last as a rainy day fund for when I do get a place of my own. The zero point is the amount that I train my brain to see as a zero and I just can't touch. Currently I've built it up to $1000 and my goal is $5000. Any bonuses I get goes in to the account and that will be my new zero point. Keep making small additions until I reach my goal.
    8. Travel more. This is kind of one that I know I'll be doing, as I leave for Washington, DC next week and there's a trip to NYC, Chicago, England and possibly LA in the future.
    9. Make more friends. Easily arranged by being more social. Aside from the gym, I don't go out to things where I can meet people much anymore. I'll try and go back to D&D Encounters at my local game store and hit up a few more beer events to at least talk to some brewers.
    10. Be more active in maintaining current friendships. In all honesty, I haven't been too great at getting back to some people. Friendships are a two-way street and there is room for improvement in being involved with my friends more.
    11. Let a lot of that baggage drop. Still holding some walls up due to the last relationship being so broken. Not fair to Alan and tiresome for me.

    And...I think that's it.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2011
    I'm going to finally finish becoming an adult this year.

    And not think of it as a bad thing.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2011
    I have a list of stuff I want to do or start doing. I'm going to clean my room and refine it into a plan tomorrow when DR whiskey leaves my system. Will list then when I've hammered the generalization out of it.
  4.  (10414.28)
    Gonna try not to be as much of a fuckup this year.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
    My aim is for 2012 to be the year when I 'sort out my shit'. No particular plans or goals, I just don't want to be where I am now this time next year.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
    -Write at least two hours per day
    -Publish something
    -Bang out twenty short stories
    -Work on novel
    -Get that anthology formatted and uploaded

    -Work out one hour per day
    -Lose as much fat as possible
    -Gain as much muscle as possible
    -Keep up with medicines

    -Chill the hell out
    -Dress better
    -Buy a pair of pisser boots
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
    1. Start Snowboarding again. Find transport to get to Hemel/ MK more often.
    2. Start running and skating again, try to actually get at least one trick down. Stick to a schedule for the running.
    3. Find some places to go.
    4. Sort out wardrobe. Donate old and unused clothes and get replacements.
    5. Clean room. Clean floor, clean windows, throw away old boxes.
    6. Stop buying magazines and not reading them.
    7. Work/ life balance and free time.
    8. Sort out finance/ budget. Stop excessive spending.
    9. Catch up with games/ TV and reading.
    10. Eat better. (Less junk food, more fruit/ vegetables. Halve portion sizes)
    11. Travel/ go to events,. Try to be more active rather than waiting for things to happen.
    12. Repair Hardware/ software (Ipod, hard drive)
    13. Get rid of unused books/games/dvds
    14. Get rid of old magazines.
    15. Take Better care of my health.
    • CommentAuthorSuresh N
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
    I usually either don't make resolutions or I make resolutions without thinking them through. I don't plan. This time I'm setting concrete goals in steps where applicable to get this done.

    1- Get my divorce done. My marriage ended over 6 years ago. I still haven't done the paperwork to go through with it, and make it official. Which understandably has made my GF of almost 4 years very pissed at me by now. So it's time for me to make the calls to the local Legal Aid office, and see what they can do to help me.

    2- Get back in shape. I'm fed up being tired and lethargic all the time. I need to take better care of my health.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012

    Good luck. If the Primal Diet is anything like the Paleo Diet, which my wife and I have been on (and had some success with) let me offer some pointers:
    1. Focus mostly on the fruit and veg with your meat portions being smaller. This will help with your cholesterol.
    2. Exercise, even if it's just a thirty minute walk. This will help with the cholesterol issue (which can be a problem with this kind of diet).
    3. You will be hungry but snacking, if the snack is appropriate, is ok. Nuts are great for this, stuff like almonds or pistachios. Peanuts, which are technically beans, are out however.
    4. Do not cheat. Ever. If you cheat, make excuses to allow yourself to cheat, then it will be easier to keep doing so. It's better to just cut everything not on the diet out completely and be a stone-cold bastard about it than to let yourself have "just one" because that one often becomes more.

    You can do it.

    As for my own resolutions, they are:
    1. Continue to do the best by my son as I can while giving myself permission to screw up in the attempt because I'm not perfect and I'm still learning this dad thing.
    2. Continue to love my wife and work to better our marriage.
    3. Write more. A rough count of my work for 2011 puts my word count at about 250k for the year which is slightly more than double 2010 but not what I wanted at the beginning of 2011.
    4. Get published more. Two publications in 2011, so I'd like three in 2012.
    5. Apply for Clarion.
    6. Grow professionally by taking classes and training and getting some certifications for my Day Job that will make me more marketable in the event I decide to start looking for more work.
    7. Continue diet and working out regime. Drop another ten pounds over the course of the year.
    8. Enjoy the fuck out of life.
  5.  (10414.34)
    It's been my experience that any diet that you can't "cheat" on is one that will fail sooner or later, probably sooner. People are organisms, not machines. Not to mention a 100% strict diet being incompatible with "enjoy the fuck out of life".
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
    Just saw this and it made me chuckle...
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
    "It is only failure when you stop trying."

    Oh man, Bankara. This nails it for me.
    I'm guilty of this in a few areas of my life. I don't make resolutions specific to a new year, but I do resolve to never to stop trying.
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
    As a a general principle, management talk is bullshit, but SMART objectives are good.

    This thread is very good. It's inspirational to see how many people will be making creative endeavour part of their years. I am going to do that too.

    I haven't narrowed my resolutions down yet, as my process is to draw up a big long list of everything that I don't like (did that yesterday; made me unhappy, as usual), then try to winnow it into things I can actually influence, and then specific actions I can take to address those. Then I can make resolutions. Then I can pick a day in January or February when It Starts and I don't feel quite like I'm going with the figurative crowd to the gym.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2012
    In no particular order...

    1.Get a electric guitar,fix my amp,turn it up loud,send waves of sonic feedback through my walls and get the neighbours to complain.
    2.Keep eating really healthy food and get even more fatter round my middle body part.
    3.Join a gym and burn off the fat from my middle body part.Get a instructor to yell at me as i attempt to do more than three press-ups.
    4.Take more advantage of all the excellent museums in London.
    5.Finish my goddamn detox.
    6.Start the day programme at Munster Rd in Fulham.Create huge pieces of art by throwing loads of paint on huge pieces of paper.
    5.Edit all the stories i've wrote over the past few years.Put them all together in one volume.Even if it's crap.It's called closure.
    6.Go back to school.Do an access course.Brush-up on my atrocious grammar.
    7.Continue doing voluntary work at the clinic i attend.Show them i mean business.
    8.See about getting back into working again with young offenders.Even if voluntary.I did it before and was good at it.
    9.Keep attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings and continue doing step-work.Even though i'm not too fond of it.
    10.Keep questioning the existence of God whenever i hear the word.
    11.Start writing new stories and finishing them this time.
    12.Stop judging people by my first impression of them.Experience has shown i usually get it wrong.
    13.Read more comics.I love them.Read more books.I love them.
    14.Get to hospital for E.C.G's.See what the score is with my hepatitis c status.See if i can get more help with my legs.
    15.Keep on laughing at the absurdity of existence and the human condition.
    16.Smoke loads of tobacco.

    Yeah,i'd better stop there because as we all know talk is cheap.It's the action that counts.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2012
    1) Win her over.
  6.  (10414.40)
    1) Unleash more Urethral Maggots upon people who contribute to Whitechapel threads which make me angry for no obvious reason.

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