- lose weight
- eat better
- cut out sugar
- get organized
- less screen time
- drink less alcohol and more water
- quit a bad habit
- go to bed earlier
- declutter home
- save more money
- take your business or career to the next level
- be a “better you”
- spend more time with family
- travel more
- read more
You make these resolutions with the best intentions, but they can often bring negativity into your life. This is because resolutions are so easy to break and can leave you feeling guilty and defeated.
What people fail to remember is that more often than not, resolutions are LIFESTYLE CHANGES. These changes do not magically become a part of you when the clock strikes midnight and the new year begins. You have to be persistent and work towards them.
So, ditch your resolutions right now. Instead, create and plan your own personal GOALS.
Plan of Attack
Decide what you want to accomplish in the new year. Break down those accomplishments into long term goals and short term goals. Write them down in an agenda. Then, set yourself up for success by planing how and when you are going to meet your goals. This is such an important step especially if you have more than one goal. You will have to figure out when you are (for example) going to hit the gym, declutter your home, spend more time with your family all while becoming a better you. Whew!
Take Baby Steps
Remember, these are lifestyle changes! Start with obtainable short term goals. For instance, don’t make a goal to declutter your entire home in a weekend. Instead, plan your goals room by room over the course of a month or even months! Same thing goes with goals such as physical fitness/weight loss. Make a goal to go to the gym three times a week vs everyday. Work your way up.
If you are achieving these goals with no problem, reevaluate them! Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself one step further.
If you fall short of your daily/weekly/monthly goals, reevaluate them. Were they realistic? What got in the way of achieving them? Then, make new goals taking these factors into consideration.
Your goals should change constantly.
Don’t BS Yourself
This goes towards all goals. For example, if you know good and well that you are not going to have time to make it to the gym 5 times a week, don’t write down in your agenda that you are going to. If you know you do your best work before noon, don’t procrastinate all day until bed time. If you know that you don’t have time to read a new book every week, then shoot to read a new book every two or three weeks! You know yourself better than anyone. Keep it real with yourself.
Finding the Time
There is never enough of it. If you were used to a certain schedule before the new year, it is going to take some readjusting and planning to work everything in that you would like to accomplish. Don’t overwhelm yourself to the point that you burn out and give up until next Monday or next month. Instead, make time. Prioritize. Take baby steps. Don’t BS around!
All pumped and ready to start making a plan of attack in a pretty agenda?! Check out these ones below (click picture for more info)
Here are some of my long term goals:
- Have a healthy BMI, as I am considered to be in the overweight category right now. (Follow along with my health/fitness journey starting next Wednesday!)
- Fit into my favorite pair of jeans
- Have blog posts written and ready to post in advance
- Declutter home and have a yardsale
Here is how I am breaking down those long term goals into short term goals for the month of January.
- Go to the gym the nights that Derek doesn’t work late. (at least 2 times a week)
- Try a new workout (from youtube) at least once a week.
- Write at least 3 blogs a week, but post only 2 of them saving the third.
- Declutter closets upstairs – one every Sunday of this month.
What are some of your goals?!
Happy New Year & Goal Making!
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