A new year means a clean slate. It’s the time to throw out your calendar or planner and replace them with cuter ones for the following year. Everyone has to have a list of ideas to make the most out of the next year. Whether it’s eating healthy and exercising, or spending less and saving more, a new year makes time for that. But, do you make time in the new year?
One year, I wanted to take a picture every day for the whole year. That never happened. Another year, I decided to save some money every week. I was looking forward to ending the year with some extra cash. I missed one week after another. That repeating cycle became a habit and I stopped caring. In that same year, I thought I would use that cute planner that I got from Target, but I ended up leaving pages of months blank. I was disappointed because this cute planner would have organized my life, and it was no longer useful. That’s when I realized that making resolutions became overrated.
The reason why I don’t make resolutions has nothing to do with my religious beliefs. I don’t make resolutions because New Year’s is this capitalist cycle of making unrealistic expectations and getting them done within the next 12 months. This is just an excuse to be ambitious. In reality, it’s more procrastination than prioritizing.
In fact, these expectations don’t even make it to February. That’s because there is no motivation and commitment. Out of all 365 days, January 1st is the only “Day One” for setting goals and making new beginnings.
You don’t have to set a list of goals by December 31st and hit the ground running on January 1st. The new year doesn’t always have to be your reset button. All things considered, if you don’t meet the goals you wanted in the new year, don’t sleep on it until the next year.
In Surat Ya-Sin Verse 82, it translates to, “Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, ‘Be!’ — and it is!” So get started today! If you don’t get started today, just remember that every day is a new beginning. Whether it’s March 3rd or September 24th, any day can be your “Day One.”
If you don’t make resolutions for whatever reason, that is okay! If someone asks if you have any, just say “No” with a smile.
This might sound contrary to my own belief, but I still needed a new planner. That’s why I started bullet journaling. Technically, it’s not really a resolution, since anyone can start it. Plus, how else can I keep track and be organized after December 31st? My last planner was a one-year planner! Insha’Allah, I hope this one is different. If you want me to do a post on that, let me know in the comments below.
And do you make resolutions every year? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below!