Weekly Resolutions

Vogue Paris 2008 Calendar

Every Sunday night, I plan the week ahead: appointments (always v. serious, like getting a manicure or picking up something from the tailor), articles I’m going to write, emails I need to compose. I grab my Moleskine diary & a pen & start plotting it out. It’s always the last thing I do on a Sunday, & it makes me feel really good because I can go to sleep knowing my schedule for the next 7 days. Of course, it is always open to interpretation & alterations, but having a rough outline means I don’t have to panic about writing subjects or deal with that dreaded “I have to do something but I don’t know what it is!” feeling.

Last night, as I did it, I realised that there were a few things I wanted to do this coming week. Not on a specific day, just generic aims. As I recited them off to my boyfriend, I started to ponder the concept of having weekly resolutions. I know that New Year’s resolutions can be quite daunting to a lot of people, which I’m sure isn’t helped by the fact that we are always expected to set great hulking goals for ourselves (like “Solve world hunger” & “Organise closet”). But if we could break down the time-frame, surely that would make it easier?

With this in mind, I present to you… my weekly resolutions!

Weekly resolutions

I ate lots of rubbish last week. Consequently, my skin broke out like mad. I also became overwhelmingly bored with salads & smoothies. This week I resolve to eat more fresh, raw treats, guzzle lots of water & fuel myself properly.
Vogue UK is running a “young talent” competition, open to anyone under the age of 25. It doesn’t say anything about needing to be a UK resident, but as I am a UK citizen, I figure I’m probably okay. The prize — a month’s work experience at Vogue — would be truly amazing.
I am going to jump on my miniature trampoline every morning before I start working! I have made a playlist in iTunes called “jumping!”. Hee. Just to get the blood pumping & to amp me up for the day ahead.
Kind of self-explanatory. But I want to be up at 7.30 every morning. I feel so much better when I wake up early & get into the day! This also means not staying up too far past midnight (unless there is something very fun going on).
My email can be a bit beastly at times. I receive a lot of it. It is very overwhelming if I leave it for too long. Ergo, I resolve to deal with it every day, rather than leaving it for a week (etc.).

I’m going to put my resolutions on my desk, next to my keyboard (where I have another index card with some more specific goals). I’m expecting that having something so focussed in easy view will help me stay on track.

I asked Audrey if he had any resolutions for the week, & he said his are:
To go to bed at a reasonable hour every night
Pick a random interstate friend and make them a care package
Do SOMETHING every night this week, not just go straight home

So, what do you think about the concept of weekly resolutions? Do you think that they might help you? One thing that people always say about goal-setting (big, small, long- or short-term) is that if you make your goals public — i.e., you share them with others — you are more likely to achieve them. Sharing an ambition makes it real, & helps commit you to the cause. With that in mind, I invite you to write about your weekly resolutions here. Hopefully we can all lift each other up to make them happen!