The Alternative Resolution

***I’ve postponed this project to next year due to fickleness.

I’ve been wanting to do something resolute for the new year yet my mind has been plagued by past resolution failures. Fortunately, I have stumbled upon a compromise. For the next 51 weeks, I will attempt one predetermined goal per week.  I choose a project or a rule to complete or abide by for one entire week, and the theme will change each week until the end of the year.  I came across this idea in a variety of places (such as here and here), but the source of this Carpe Diem mantra is really Owen Lowery and his documentary “An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrist.” The concept is a lot less morbid than the title of his film. Essentially, it assigns deadlines to your Bucket List. And this combination is the perfect solution for  procrastinators like me.

Some of my most anticipated ideas so far:

-Upping the Ante from Vegetarian to Vegan Week

-Yoga Everyday Week

-Volunteer Everyday Week

-Spend No Money Week

-No Computer Week

-Drinking Only Water Week

-Reading the Full Newspaper Everyday Week

-Yes Week

I’m still compiling my list of 52 endeavors, so please give me suggestions for week-long projects!


14 thoughts on “The Alternative Resolution

  1. This is AMAZING. I lovelovelove this idea. As I’ve done been resolution-ed for the year, I may have to steal this come 2011. But your ideas are already so good and unique, that I don’t know how to contribute! Or, wait, how about compliment… two strangers a day week? Its something I never have the balls to do, but I know when it happens to me, I’m overjoyed. This is lovely. Keep us updated every week, xo.

  2. I, too think this is a fabulous idea (and am secretly – okay not so secret now that I’m writing this – hoping you’ll schedule your postings ahead of time for “No Computer Week” :) ).

    My suggestions are:

    – Never Eat Alone Week (since eating three meals/day with someone could be a little tough, you could make this a “Never Eat Lunch or Dinner or At Least One Meal a Day Alone” goal)
    – Laugh So Hard It Hurts Week
    – Catch Up with Old Friends Week
    – along the lines of No Computer Week… No Cellphone Week (you could change your voicemail to say that you’ll be unavailable for the week and maybe provide the number for your roomie in case of an emergency)
    – also along those same lines… No TV Week

    Hmmm… I think perhaps I may do some of these as well.

    Good luck!

  3. Hi Dani,

    My top 3 favourite weeks were without a doubt were learning to make pastry, running week (I ended up running permanently) and gift week becuase it really cheered people up!

    Good luck with it!

  4. I love this post! And this idea, I think I’m going to try it. I also love your ideas for each week.

    You could try…
    Learn a new word every day week? Unless you already do that.

    Be more social week, like starting a conversation randomly with a stranger or someone you do not talk to frequently. (which will increase the possibility of future “meet cutes” ;)

    And even a goal week? Like where you take time everyday that week to think about what you want to do in life, traveling, long term goals, and maybe start planning towards some?

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  6. -write a book week
    -read a book each day
    -create a poem..writing a part each day
    -create a piece of art..(adding a piece each day)

    I really like this idea. i too will have to steal it. *)

  7. Thank you all for your suggestions! I’ll be keeping you posted at the end of each week regarding my progress with each task! If anyone is going to do this resolution project, link to your blogs so I can stay inspired.

    PS. Siobhan, I do plan on the no coffee thing being very headache-inducing…we’ll see how that goes!

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