Hope you all had a great holiday! So it’s January, which means everyone and their brother is asking me if I have any New Year’s Resolutions. And….I don’t. Sorry.
It just seems like I’m setting myself up for failure by february every year I set those. So a few years ago I decided to stop partaking in the “Resolution” game, and began to just think about what my goals and dreams were for the coming year. And then from there, how I could really make those things happen. And the first year I did it, I was surprised what an impact a few simple changes made. I’ve done it every year since. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t, but I feel like I’m making progress because I’ve been intentional about keeping myself on track.
So here’s how I do it:
I take some time to write down my goals and dreams for the year–big, small, everything. This is the most important part for me–writing things down somehow makes it feel more official. Then I look at the list and make it QUANTIFIABLE. Give your goal a number: instead of “eat healthier” I’d set a specific goal “eat 3 vegetarian dinners a week”. The more specific, the better. After that, I spend some time brainstorming the best ways to make those dreams happen, and I write those things down too. And then–this is the big one–I mark time on my calendar to review those goals and my progress.
Shazam! I feel resolute already! I believe in this process. Making your goals quantifiable and writing them down is a great way to start off the year, and taking time to evaluate your progress is important too. Just in case you’re curious, here are a few of my non-resolutions 🙂
~write down blood sugars 3x day ( Can you tell I like to write things down? I check more often than this, but writing them down really helps me and I skip this step more often than not.)
~Inspiration Photo Walks at least once a month (Just FYI these are little weekend jaunts where I walk around town with my camera, or sometimes just my cell phone, and snap all the photos I want. The photographer and creative in me needs this time and as a mom, sometimes I overlook how important “me” time is. )
~ Desk Clean by feb.1st ( if you could see my desk, you’d know how important this is. It is embarrassingly awful and I subconsciously always move this task to the bottom of my to-do list. Now, I have a date and can hold myself accountable…yikes)
These are just a few, but I thought I’d share my process in the hopes that anyone else with the New Year’s Resolution Blues can have hope that even if you don’t have any “resolutions” you can still get plenty done in 2015.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau
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