Sep 13, 2014

12 Resolutions: September (and August recap)

This year I'm playing along with #12Resolutions on Twitter and Facebook. The idea is to set yourself short-term, achievable goals, one each month. 

For August my goal was to waste less time on my smartphone.

I achieved this, though probably to be honest I've slipped back a little in the last week (then again, it is September now, so I'm in the clear...) 

I did indeed sort out my linen cupboard, which took a good two hours plus. There's time right there not spent on 9Gag, Twitter or Slate.  I cleaned out the kitchen, and sorted and put away the sundry clothes sitting in piles next to my bed.

I also got a bit more sleep each night, and consequently found it a little easier to wake up.

And now that I'm taking the train more than I am driving to work, I get to play/read on my phone during the daily commute, so I didn't even miss much phone time.

And now here we are almost halfway into September and I'm only now setting this month's goal.  However, like most of these resolutions, this one aims to be ongoing, so it doesn't really matter how late I've started.

This month I resolve to do floor exercises for 15 minutes a day.

Floor exercises are fantastic for increasing flexibility and tone, and they can easily be done at home, for free! When I was in my late teens I lost quite a bit of weight and toned right up using floor exercises. 

Since I broke my arm two years ago and then sprained my ankle last year, I spent a lot of the last 2 years less mobile than I used to be, and consequently I've stiffened up a lot. Part of it is age I suppose, but I'm not that old either! Time for action.

I really wish I had this book:

Jeremy Chan/Flickr

What's on your to-do list this month?


  1. Decluttering. This month, next month and I sadly fear all of next year too.
    I am as supple as a brick and need to think about some exercise too. I need to do more than think about it.

    1. I too am supple as a brick.
      And I need to declutter, always. Decluttering my loungeroom is going to be my next month's resolution.

  2. Jackie, wonderful resolution. I practise yoga but I think I add yoga exercises. Great idea. Thanks. Have a nice Sunday.

    1. I love yoga, but haven't done it for years. It is one of the few physical activities I could actually do and enjoy.

  3. I use Twitter, occasionally. I don't know Slate and the mind boggles at 9Gag.

    1. Slate is an online magazine, I like it a lot. 9Gag is where people upload 'meme' images and jokes; it can be pretty juvenile but it makes me laugh. It's also (slowly) getting less sexist as more women join in. It's a massive time waste risk for me.

  4. Hi Jackie,

    Is that Paul Fogarty on the cover?




  5. Great to catch up at last! Being offline is a nightmare. Can't even use my mobile at home because there's no reception, so I'd have had no problem with your August resolution! Trials and tribulations of living in the sticks.
    Sounds like you're doing pretty well - good luck with the floor exercises! x

    1. Thank you! Being offline these days is quite disconcerting, isn't it. But in some ways it's quite nice too - as long as it's not for too long :)

  6. Only recently found your blog and have been enjoying reading through your posts. I think short-term goals are a great idea and I've had far more success over the years with these than with New Year's Resolutions, for example, which tend to fall by the wayside pretty quickly. I blame my short attention span! Best of luck with your September exercising. Caroline :-)



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