Welcome to 2015- NOW … What about those New Year’s resolutions?
If you are like me, you have spent months and months planning the holidays, then BAM! New Year’s has come and gone. WHOA. Okay, 2015 is happening. Maybe 2014 was awful and you are glad to bid it farewell. Perhaps it was a truly special year and you are sad to now write 2015 on your checks… either way most of us have some stance on New Year’s Resolutions.
Take them or leave them?
In my house, we have different styles and a different level of focus on New Year’s Resolutions.
I am going with a general list and I have no particular stress on the importance. I keep it very broad, positive and general.
- #1GD 1 Good #DeedADay
- Focus on family
- Blog improvement
- De-clutter and better organize the home.
- Maintain weight
- Eat paleo focused foods
- Run (2) Half Marathons
Are there Tips & Tricks to help us BOTH keep our New Year’s Resolutions on track? Definitely.
Work as a team.
Do I want to eat Paleo? Not really. Do I respect his choice and make an effort to support his needs. Absolutely. I base our main meal choices around his diet, but add-on items as we need. I also make a real effort to hide my cookies.
Set smaller, actionable tasks for each goal.
Consider “Blog improvement”. That is a huge undertaking and cannot be done overnight. I made a specific list of areas like theme, SEO, photography. All of these tasks lend themselves towards the main goal. Each task receives some attention at varied times. Most New Year’s resolutions fail within the first 8 days! I think we put too much pressure on the end result and not enough emphasis on the avenues to get there.
Set a review day in the month
In our family we are making a calendar. We are adding themes to specific nights, ie., Family Game Night. My husband has set a daily schedule for his 1/2 marathon training. Nothing has to be set in stone, but it helps us with personal accountability.
Realize you can “start over” any day.
Why focus on January 1st? It is merely the calendar start of the year. Choose any date! If you fail (or have failed), take a breath and start fresh. Onwards and upwards.
For me I like tangible, frequent rewards. However when you sucessfully resolve to make a positive change and complete it- well, take a bow and soak it in. Savor the success of a job well done.