This year I am setting monthly resolutions. I read that this is a good way to get a lot done. I'll use some months to set new practices in place that in theory will continue past their designated month. Other months are self contained. Last year I did my resolutions faithfully until May. A net gain, and also a failure. To keep on track this year, so that my last 7 monthly goals get a chance, I am doing something kind of finicky with mail, called remailing:
At the 1st of a new month, I will sit down with my resolution and write it and draw it on the front of a postcard. Then on the back of the postcard I will put my own address, and draw a little calendar of the month. Then I will put this postcard into an envelope and address that to the postmaster of a US town with a relevant name. From what I've read, this will get the postcards postmarked with that town's name. I am not sure this is correct, because letters posted in my town get the postmark of the mail sorting center, not the town, but I am willing to try it. And every day I will yearn for the postcard to turn up, and that will keep me on track to completing my goal. When it does turn up, I can record my daily progress on the calendar I've drawn.
January: Learn to cook new healthy foods. Focus on having very balanced nutrition.
February: Practice yoga every day. Learn about yoga resources or theory.
Half Moon Bay, CA
March: Go on an adventure.
Truth or Consequences, NM
May: Wake up at sunrise, because it is sunrise.
Morning Sun, IA
June: Take time to meditate every day. Do not learn any more meditation theory.
July: Swim! Swim until I am worn out, until I can't get out of the pool without using the ladder.
August: Spend 40 hours on my current artwork. (track hours)
Paint Lick, KY
September: Be a better global citizen. Conserve resources, share wealth, pay attention to what is happening to everyone.
Blue Earth, NM
October: Take ice skating lessons.
November: Practice cello 20 hours.
December: Submit JET app.
This method does not seem to promise the wonderful cumulative effect of working on something consistently for a year.