If you don't set down rules for the new, improved you today, you'll have to carry on as you have been and wait until 1 January 2014 to change for the better. Perhaps one of your new year's resolutions is to improve your English. If that's the case, then: well done! You're doing it right.
It does make a difference to start a new year with a few clear goals. Something to aim for is not a bad idea. Whether you get there or not is a different matter. What a good thing that I wrote down my new year's resolutions for 2012! Now I can check up on myself to see how well I did. This is what I wrote down last year:
- work less
- do more sport
- try to make a lemon meringue pie — as a reward for doing more sport, and also because I like a challenge
- do my tax regularly
- be braver about going to the dentist
- try to learn to play the ukulele
How did I do? Well, I managed to work less, and I did heaps more sport (not difficult, as I did virtually no sport in 2011). I didn't manage to make a lemon meringue pie, but I made a lemon tart. That's half a lemon meringue pie — the bottom half. All that's missing is the meringue bit on top, which none of my family like.
I have been keeping my tax stuff together, so that's good — rather dull, but good. I managed to go to the dentist twice this year, and I didn't cry or run away. But I didn't manage to learn to play the ukulele. I did watch a few how-to videos on YouTube, but I gave up very quickly. All in all, I'm quite pleased with myself. So what's in store for me in 2013? I don't know yet. I haven't got round to making my resolutions yet. I've been too busy trying to find a ukulele teacher.
Now practise using the structures we use for resolutions on the next page.