Google+ Reading Teen: I Don't Need No Resolution

Friday, January 2, 2015

I Don't Need No Resolution

by Andye

Every year around this time I start reading everyone's New Year's Resolutions and I think to myself, ugh. No. 

I decided a long time ago that resolutions don't work for me. 

Neither do goals. Or lists. Or really planning of any kind. (Sorry Hannah)

I guess it's just something to do with my personality. If I say I'm going to do something, I'll do it. So if I don't do it, I don't feel like a failure . . . I feel like a liar. Now this doesn't translate to other people at all. I don't fault others for not reaching their goals or sticking with their resolutions, it's just me personally.

I also find them overwhelming, and just disappointing. Any time I look at the BIG PICTURE I start to panic. I don't want to think about ALL THE BOOKS I'LL READ THIS YEAR. I just want to think about what I'm going to read next. Otherwise I feel like my books are going to eat me alive.

I used to try to schedule out my ARCs by release date and read them in order, but that just made me dread reading. Now I just read what I want when I feel like it. 

I've actually thought about hiding my TBR pile after I organize it, then "revealing" it to myself by month. That way I don't get stressed out about the amount of books I have to read. AM I CRAZY? Wait. Don't answer that.

The good thing is that I don't tend to stress about things too often. I'm pretty good at spontaneity, and going with the flow. I'm very easy going and not too much gets me upset. The bad thing is, I may forget we have a lunch date, show up late to meetings, and that book I was planning on reading before release? Yeah, it's already out.

I love having planny types in my life to help keep me on track. As long as they don't start pushing me to make a schedule, or ask me what I'm doing three weeks from Tuesday.

Oh yeah, that just reminded me. I think I have a YADC party tomorrow...

Anyway, there's not really a point to this post, other that to say I have no resolutions. But I'm constantly striving to do better, be better, etc. and I'm so thankful for all the people in my life who help to keep me on track! If you're one of those people . . .

What about you? Are you a planner? Did you make resolutions? Do you have reading goals?

Oh, and HAPPY 2015!!


  1. lol No resolutions for me. I have things I'd like to accomplish, but that's about as far as I go.

  2. Kristen@My Friends Are FictionJanuary 2, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    I'm sort of in the middle. I like making broad resolutions like--I'm not setting a GR goal this year. But, I do most of my blogging completely random and with no prior thought. I don't usually have posts scheduled in advance. I'm the person that is up late trying to get that review written. I always try to improve on that but it doesn't happen all the time.

  3. I like making goals and resolutions as it reminds me throughout the year what I hope to accomplish, and if I do accomplish everything it makes me feel really proud of myself! I don't always stick to the things but I try to and I find it quite fun to challenge myself! :)

  4. Yeah, sometimes I wish I were better at setting goals and stuff. People who do seem to get a lot done. But I think I'd just be depressed at my constant failure. Haha. People like me need people like you to keep us on track ;)

  5. I think in the middle is probably a good place to be. Moderation, right? Not too extreme either way.

  6. I love making lists, lots of lists, but with blogging it doesn't always work. I do write a list of goals and resolutions, as well as some books I want to read, but like you I can't say when I'm going to read a certain book – because that will be the one book I don't read :/ . But even if lists don't always work I keep on making them :) Have a great year!

  7. I made a few short resolutions but I don't think I'll be able to stick to them haha. Some are personal and the others are blogging-related but I'm just hoping to enjoy all the books I pick up in 2015! Happy 2015~~

  8. Whenever I sit down to make a list, my mind completely blanks. haha! There is seriously something wrong with me! :P HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  9. Hahaha, well at least you're honest with yourself :D

    Yes, the most important thing is just to enjoy all those books!! Happy 2015 to you too!

  10. I love that distinction that you don't feel like a failure, you feel like a liar. That's totally how I see it! I don't really do resolutions either, because i like change to be a part of my entire year, whenever I need to change; whenever things need to shift. I don't like the idea of being bound to creating change just because it's this particular day :)

  11. oh I'm the total opposite :p If there's no planning, there's no doing. I will default into Netflix mode. Planning and spreadsheets = the love of my life. I feel so unproductive if I can't check something off or give myself a gold star. I love all the people in my life that say it's okay to go off course a bit :)

  12. YES! CHANGE!! I love that! I'm exactly the same. I don't like being bound by a decision I made when I never know what's going to come up, or change about me. Yes, yes, yes.

  13. Hahaha, I often default into Netflix mode, but I'm happy to just go with it. :P I could probably use you in my every day life to keep me on track, and you could use me to help you be spontaneous! :D

  14. I love you--but how can you not resolutionize? That is how things get done! And ALL the things, ALL the time MUST be done! ;)

  15. I am someone who plans everything! I read my oldest books on my TBR first so that I will gradually get through them all and am very systematic. I don't make resolutions because I will either forget them or not do them - but if I want to change something in the middle of the year, then I will focus until I get it done! I said I wanted to preschedule more posts, and now I have two months ahead :P


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