It's no use just making goals. You need to assess them.
How did I do with last year's New Year's Resolutions? Let's find out.
I scored myself a pass or fail for each one...
2017's goals were:
1. Blog more
I published 26 blog posts in 2017, up from 11 in 2016.
That's not the one a week I planned (it's literally half that!) but I'm still pretty happy.
I was helped along the way by an adorable twitter bot created by my student @EliteFreq which tweeted at me when I didn't blog that week:
@stepupjapanese What am I meant to read today?! You've not posted a blog post! 😱 (❤️🤖)— David Sharp (@EliteFreq) August 25, 2017
This was genuinely very motivating.@stepupjapanese Cats in exchange for blog posts? 🐈 (❤️🤖)— David Sharp (@EliteFreq) September 22, 2017
Conclusion: PASS. Tell your friends your goals, so they can support you along the way.
2. Finish some books
My plan was to read more fiction and to actually finish a book instead of getting excited and moving on to the next one. This didn't exactly go to plan.
However, I reckon I read Japanese news every single day in 2017. I'm pretty proud of that.
I also completed Zero Escape 999, and two (nearly three) Ace Attorney games. Visual novels are reading too...
Conclusion: FAIL but maybe that's fine
3. Watch more drama with my students
This goal didn't come to fruition either. I was on the lookout for things to watch but never found anything "just right".
I planned to use Terrace House (Netflix's Japanese reality TV show - think Big Brother circa 2003), but the logistics of showing Netflix in class got the better of me...
We did watch some Japanese TV ads in class though. That was a lot of fun.
Conclusion: がんばれ！ (KEEP TRYING!)
4. Have more parties
From Origami Night, to the Summer Barbecue, to the end-of-year Christmas Party, this year has been really busy. Good busy!
We definitely had more parties and attended more events this year. Onwards and upwards!
5. Be reflective
I think I have actually spent less time reflecting in 2017 than in previous years, and more time actively doing things. This is probably a good thing.
Conclusion: いいじゃないですか？ (That's alright, isn't it?)
How did you get on with your New Year's resolutions in 2017?
And have you made this year's yet? I'm still whittling down my list...