New Year’s Resolutions
Out With the Old – In With the New
We are well over a week into the new year. With that being said, how are your New Year’s Resolutions going?
Every year we make the same New Year’s Resolutions – whether that’s to go to the gym more, eat healthier, lose weight, basically anything to make you feel better about yourself/your appearance. But, what we often don’t think about is how we can make a resolution for other aspects of our lives. In this case, what about a resolution for your job or your family life?
First, what is a resolution? A resolution is a decision to do or not to do something. For example, “I am going to go to the gym 3 times a week,” or “I will not eat sugar for the next 30 days.” You make a resolution but you also need to set a goal. Why? A goal is an aim or desired result. Goals can be achieved while resolutions are just decisions. You make a resolution to go to the gym… but your goal is to lose 15 pounds. You make a resolution to stop eating sugar… but again the goal is weight loss or to feel more energetic etc.
I wanted to list some new resolutions that you can focus on this year and then you can set your individualized goal for what you want to get out of them!
Your goal this year is to be more present in your family life. You wish you had more time to spend with your kids or you want to be a better partner. How can you accomplish this? Set aside time! It’s as easy as taking an hour or two out of your day, a couple times a week. Yes, we are all super busy and by the time we come home from a long day at work, we just want to relax. But, it’s okay. Set down the phone, mute the emails, and cook up some dinner together or have a family game night. You will be much happier with the memories of game night. Not into games? Take the family to the park or to see a movie. Just set a goal to spend more time with them and plan out how you can do that.
Looking to be a better partner this year? Share the work of chores around the house. Don’t let date nights die! Be there to just listen without giving comments. Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.
2020 is going to be your year professionally. Set some goals to improve your work life. Plan to learn new work related skills. How? First decide what you want to learn and then what resources you’ll need to get there. Sometimes your goals come with an extended plan and that’s okay! Take the time to make the plan and you’ll be even happier when you complete it.
Maybe you’re looking to be more productive at work. You can do something as simple as turning off all your notifications for a little while to get your task done. You can even download a to-do list app, but actually use it! Instead of making list after list of uncrossed tasks, set a goal to cross them off! This can boost your productivity so fast!
Do you eat out a lot and you’ve always wanted to be able to cook up something amazing at home but you just can’t find the time to learn new cooking skills? Sign up for a cooking class! You could even make it a date night! But, maybe cooking classes aren’t really your style… that’s totally fine. Ever heard of things like Hello Fresh, Every Plate, or Blue Apron? These are super easy ways to get meal kits sent right to your door! No more finding recipes, running to the store for every ingredient, or stopping for fast food on the way home. I highly recommend checking them out!
As always, you’ll find some goals to be easier than others. I saw a post the other day about someone who wants to make a new friend once a month. How hard can that be? That one sounds like one I would love to accomplish!
Looking to travel more but don’t have the funds? Just set aside a tiny bit of extra money from each paycheck! Eventually, you’ll be able to save up enough!
Of course, we can’t forget to actually work towards our health goals. But, 2020 shouldn’t be focused solely on getting to the gym and eating cleaner. Add in some different goals that you know you can achieve because you actually want to. A lot of the time resolutions fail because we get too busy with our day to day lives and we’re so stuck in our routines. It only takes 21 days to start a habit!
Leave a comment and let me know what your resolutions are going to be this year! And don’t forget, it’s never too late to start anything!
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