Resolutions vs. To Do’s

Lots of people make New Year Resolutions, but I don’t and I will tell you why. I like setting goals and being productive, but I do not feel the need to make a list of goals for 2017 especially at the beginning of the year because I will probably disappoint myself in the end. You see….


I want to lose weight

Save money

Travel to exotic destinations

Learn new things/ start hobbies/ start a course

Be more social

Be productive and stop wasting time on stuff

But calling them resolutions?


And what is a resolution anyway?

It is,

a promise to yourself to do or to not do something

Cambridge Online Dictionary

So a promise. For me a promise is too La La landish. It doesn’t make me get things done. I prefer action. Planning, making lists, writing things down and feeling guilty when I do not end up doing them.Ah yes…. the guilt trip, such an underrated productivity incentive.

Just because it is the first of January, doesn’t mean my life is going to change and I am going to turn into a sports freak or a money saving gal. So, instead, I make a plan and think of ways I will make this happen.  I write down what I want to do, why and how I am going to accomplish it, and then keep writing everything  down in my To Do list

That brings me to my next point. The To Do list.One for 2017, a monthly one, a weekly one, and a daily one.Period.Excessive? Kinda, but you are not a slave to the To Do list. You can switch from one to another. I think everyone should have To Do lists.

2017 To Do list

Write down stuff you want to achieve in 2017 for example, and then check them off the list. When you do something, tick it off the list. The satisfaction of ticking off something that is in the To Do list is amazing. Realising my To Do’s is more important to me than a bunch of resolutions.So, get your note book, start writing down your Big To Do’s and your little ones.

My experience

I write down my weekend To Dos, daily To Do’s, and sometimes Weekly to Dos. If something does not get done in a week, I move it to the next week.I do not stress about my To Do’s though.

What’s the difference between a resolution and a To Do?


Well, as I said earlier, in my opinion, ummmm, resolutions are too flimsy…. wishy washy…. and there are a lot of “I will” in them. To Do lists on the other hand, are formed by using the imperative ( yup, the teacher geek in me is going all grammar cray cray on ya). I have loads of notebooks and planners and I make lists and tick things off.

My To Do List Notebook Suggestions and How to get Things Done

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bloom daily planners Bound To-Do List Book – Planning System Tear Off To Do Pads – Daily Planner To Do Pad 6″ x 8.25″

My To Do List Journal

Knock Knock All Out of Checklist Note Pad with Magnet, Green (12272)

So, that’s all for now. FYI: this weekend I made no To Do list and did not get much done unless you call watching YouTube videos getting something done. So, going back to my lists as of tomorrow. Have a lovely day/ evening.

Talk soon.



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