Got new year's resolutions?

New year's resolutions academics set for themselves and how they look like...

Hey, welcome to 2023! Happy new year!

I've been thinking about new year's resolutions academics set for themselves and how they look like...

Remembering my resolutions from my researcher days: write more, publish more, read more, volunteer here, peer review there, present here, present there, present everywhere, go for inbox zero, manage my time, become an academic celebrity, etc.

On top of those professional resolutions, I had personal ones, of course: lose weight, exercise regularly, stick with a hobby, meditate daily, etc.

Each time, I did a great job of curating a list that was impossible to achieve. It was achievable for some people - maybe - but not for me. Because I just wanted a new me. That was the level of self-non-acceptance I was dealing with...

Can you relate? 

If yes, I've got another question for you:

How would it be to have no new year's resolutions for 2023 other than being accepting and compassionate towards yourself?

(Is that too "soft" of a resolution? Does that mean that you'll achieve none of your goals? Would that be too hard? Let me know...)

I hope that, this year, you let yourself off the hook a bit and build a solid foundation for lasting wellbeing, in your professional AND personal life.

Cheers to the new one.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

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