BUT, there is no mistake in making goals. Easy and specific goals are the easiest to accomplish. The more vague the easier it is to weasel your way out. A specific reason to accomplish your goals is also useful, and if you can add pressure to them all the better. In my case I told my girlfriend that I would give her 100,000 yen (roughly $1000) if I fail my resolution. The more pressure, the harder I will try to succeed.
I made mine in mid-Dec. and changed them around a bit since then.
A 1-drink limit (social events only). I prefer not to have beer but under certain circumstances there are exceptions. Wine, sake and similar drinks are the preferred choice. REASON: Alcohol has a serious effect on people who are active. It dehydrates you, reduces your muscle content and impairs performance on a variety of tasks.
To study Japanese for at least 30 min. every day after school or before bed. If I skip a day it’s double the next day. REASON: To prepare for the N2 of the JLPT this summer. The N2 is the second highest grade of Japanese proficiency; N1 being the highest.
To save 10,000 yen (roughly $100) per month. REASON: I never saved before just because I was always making huge payments on my student loan. The loss in interest rates outweighed the benefits of a savings account. However, the interest rates have fallen with $CAD while the Japanese yen has risen— allowing me to have a bit more flexibility with my money. Also, I’m having surgery in March and it should cost between 200,000-300,000 yen (roughly $2000-3000) with insurance. Savings are always great for emergencies and compulsive shopping sprees.