HW: #MondayMotivation; Drag yourself through the finish line.

As I do the Hashtag Week series only once a month, I realize that this is the last one for this year. The #MotivationMonday post for December will most definitely tackle the new year ahead of us. (No, I have no idea what I will write about. I only see snippets of the future. Just go with it.)

Frankly speaking, I have to admit that my motivation is on the lower end of the scale. Who starts a task on Thursday? If you are like me, you prefer to wait until Monday. On a subconscious level, this might be the sloth in me talking, but the conscious me likes to begin things with the new week for metrics and analytical purposes. It is much easier to calculate how long you have been doing something if you started it on Monday, instead of any other random day of the week. If I was to start on a Thursday, I would do whatever I was to do twice (Thursday and Friday) and then I would take the weekend off. That would make me forget about my new project quite quickly.

One of my fellow bloggers compared November to a Thursday and I definitely have to agree with that one. One thing that I appreciate about my workplace is that I get quite a few days off for Christmas and New Year (NY). At my old work, I only had Christmas and New Year’s Day off. The additional days off, together with the abundance of great food and the seasonal cheer, definitely make December feel like the Friday of the months. Unfortunately, we both agreed that there is no weekend among the months. After December, it goes right back to Monday (January).

So why would you start something now? During the last few days of November? Precisely because the year is coming to an end. There are two types of people: people who make New Year resolutions and people who do not. There are two groups of people among those that do set their goals for the year with the beginning of the new year. If you made NY resolutions, but have not kept them, for the purposes of this post, you are lumped together with those that have not made them at all. That way, we are back to two groups of people.

If you had specific resolutions in mind and the beginning of the year and were able to fulfill them, hats off to you. You are an inspiration. I hope to be like you when I grow up. But I also want to live in the present and not worry about 10 months from now… If you are already done with your goals for the year, you might think you deserve a break. Sure, take some time to celebrate how disciplined you are. However, once you are done with the festivities, I want you to go out there and do more work. Why? Because it seems like you are on fire this year. You would not want to waste the remaining month and a pinch of your phenomenal potential. Next year might not be as successful for you as this one. So take this time to finish strong. Do not let the weeds suffocate the beautiful flower that you are.

People in the blogging world enjoy sharing their goals with others. It helps them remain accountable. While there are plenty of those who created a blog on January 1st, 2019 that are no longer here (resolutions without follow-through are just wishes), there are also people who have been crushing it all year long. Well done. I have to say that reading such posts can be intimidating. But then, I realize that we all have different kinds of goals.

If you never set your goals for 2019, or if you are behind in your resolutions, I want you to get up and not give up. Are you aware of December 31st? I bet you are. That is your finish line. You cannot throw in the towel now. Do whatever you can to cross that line. What would be the point of giving up now after 10+ months of struggle? Would you not run a race you trained for your whole life? Would you give up on setting your personal record just because others have passed you by? I hope the answers are a resounding “NO!”

This is the final stretch. Sure, it might not feel like there is enough time, but I assure you that it is better to start now while you can than to plan to start in January. My blog was created on a random day in the middle of the year. I could have waited til January 1st. It might have made more sense. But I did not wait and once January rolled around and new blogs were popping up, I felt proud of the fact that my blog was already a few months old. Yes, I might be behind those that started years before me, but I am ahead of those that will start in January.

Whether you believe in setting NY resolutions or not, things will get busy once January rolls around. Are you sure you want to wait with everything until then? Why not start one of those things today? That way, you will not be as overwhelmed when we welcome 2020. Here in the US, once we are done with January 1st, there will be no break until Memorial Day (end of May). Now, we are going through a season of breaks. It might be easier to get things done now.

Did you know that new year resolutions are 78% less likely to be fulfilled than goals set during different times of year? That is not true. I totally made it up. However, I feel like there is too much pressure on them and that they are often made out of tradition more than the want to change. Defy the odds and start working on your goals TODAY!

You can do it! The finish line is in sight. Just a few more steps. Go You!

Which group of people do you belong to?

Have you checked off all your resolutions?

What helps you achieve your goals throughout the year? (Share the method to your madness.)

What is it that you would still like to do before the end of the year?

What have you accomplished this year that you are most proud of?

Stay golden,



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    1. I know, right?
      Turns out my number actually is about right.
      “According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals, while around 80 percent fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions, says US clinical psychologist Joseph Luciani.” I’m not sure what happened to the other 10+ percent of the study…

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  1. I like the comparison… I’m wondering if I should read the letter I wrote to myself last December (Si did it on his blog and I copied his idea) and the resolutions from them. It may be cool to see that I’m doing it, or uncool to see that I’m not.

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  2. I was also already on board with the “78%” stat haha. I moved out of state, I think that was one of the things I’m most proud of in the sense that I did something that felt out of my comfort zone and had been one of my goals.

    I don’t think I’m going to make any resolutions this year.. we’ll see. I’d made some writing goals, didn’t meet a lot of them. For example, I wanted to incorporate social media into my blog, sorta did, then stopped.

    I’m hoping to finish off strong by continuing to show up to blogging this next month of December.

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    1. As I was telling Em, I just googled it and the first result says that about 80% of resolutions result in failure. So.. looks like I got it right. Ha!

      I think moving out of state is a big thing. Well done. I hope you will be as proud/happy of this choice a year from now. I’m not sure why, but that’s what people told me when I moved – give it a year.

      Good luck with blogging in December. I’ve been exploring social media a little myself. And my writing schedule has been weird. I definitely think of tweaking things soon. Unofficially, of course.

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  3. I am not a new years resolution person, I find it all too much and never end up sticking to them! The beginning of the year is normally a bit of a slog anyway, with the after Christmas come down and weather at its worse, so I don’t find it’s a time for resolutions!! Funnily enough I have just started the couch to 5k programme again this week… is it wise to start at this time of year just before Christmas??!! Who knows!! But I felt like I wanted to try it again so why not! We’ll see how I get on 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome that you started something new now. I’m not sure of the details of the programme, but I am sure that you will give it your best. It’s better now then after Christmas, as you have said. You can do it!

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      1. Aaah thank you!! It’s a 9 week programme that gets you out three times a week walking/jogging with the aim that you will be able to run 30mins/5k at the end of it. It’s a really good as it’s done in manageable chunks. With not being well earlier this year I’ve become a bit of a couch potato and I just felt like I wanted to start moving again…and why wait until after Christmas when I feel like doing it now! Whether I can keep it up over the Christmas break will be another matter 🙂

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          1. I’m not doing very well at keeping up with comments on here at the moment, so sorry for the very late response! I have been keeping up with the programme to a certain degree, but it’s as good as its going to get over the festive period!

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            1. No worries. I know how life gets. Plus, I know you wouldn’t just ignore me like that. Right?
              Every now and then, a comment slips through without me responding to it. I am mortyfied when I discover this, but I hope that people know it’s an honest mistake.

              I’m struggling with finding the balance of being productive and relaxing/enjoying the Christmas season, too. You know what? Whatever happens, happens. We cannot do it all.
              Merry Christmas!

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              1. I definitely wouldn’t! I’m glad I’m not the only one this happens too 🙂 I think most people here are in much the same boat so hopefully we all understand that these things happen. I know what you mean about the balance at this time of year, it’s really hard isn’t it. I want to enjoy the season but not get too stressed about getting everything just right! What will be will be! Merry Christmas to you and I hope the season is enjoyable and relaxing!

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  4. I can’t seem to realize it’s that time of the year for some reason.
    I do have some things I want to achieve, but if I wait another 5 weeks with that, I will definitely get impatient.
    I am proactive type of person and I simply can’t wait until a certain date.

    This year wasn’t all why I had hoped for.
    I wanted a quiet, stable, routine life. That didn’t happen 😉

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    1. I totally understand about the impatience and proactiveness.

      This year wasn’t all I hoped for, either. However, it was not absolutely terrible for me, either. It was probably worse than some of the past few years, but better than others…

      January 1st we reset. It will either be better or worse or the same… That didn’t sound optimistic at all. Sorry.


      1. Hahah, I wonder how much worse it can be.
        Of course it can, physically, financially.
        But mentally, I am both preparing and expecting the worst.

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  5. I usually find NY resolutions too ambitious for many and aren’t one that tries to accomplish them but I did try it out last year as made bookish resolutions and I like it a lot, in the optics that it helps me organize myself even more with everything I read and share on my blog. Otherwise, life-related resolutions should be set, accomplished or failed throughout the year and not just for New Year. Sure, metric wise and for analytical purposes, like you’ve said, it’s probably easier for many to start things on the 1st of January but there’s just too much pressure attached to those resolutions.

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    1. I can understand some resolutions that would help organize your life. However, they need to be reasonable. Sure, I can tell myself that if I read 1 book a week I will hit the goal of reading 52 in a year. I know for some that goal would be rather low and achievable. But I know there is no way I can continuesly read 1 book a week all year. Not unless I settle on books that are 7 pages long. Last year I came up with blogging resolutions in February. It was a great year in terms of my productivity here. But January was not the time to start.

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      1. Right. I find it pretty insane that there are people able to achieve a 100 books in a year, when 1 book a week only means 52! My bookish goals are smaller, in the sense that I just create a TBR of books I WANT to read before the end of the year, and that list wasn’t longer than 10… I look forward to creating a new list for 2020 now. 😀

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          1. Yep. It’s usually a list of “classics” or well-known books that I own that I just NEED to read already. If I’m able to plug into my schedule other books like those, on top of those, then I do but I just make sure to go through those before the end of the year. 😀 You’ll probably see what books I’ll be picking for 2020 in a post around the end of December/beginning of January. 😉

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