Happy New Year!!!!! It’s that time again! Time for everyone to drop all the old resolutions and start a new list. I don’t believe in resolutions, per se. I do believe in assessing your year and and making improvements. Yes, I run my life like a business. If they can have success models then I can too. Here are some great ways to improve your year.
1.) Document, Document, Document
I don’t know how many times I express this. I love documentation! Whether it’s by journaling, photos, or recording, you should document this year. At the end of every year you see TV shows have special “best of” episodes or “year in review” presentations. They do that by documenting the year. You’ll see the increase in your confidence because you can see all the amazing things God has blessed you with all year. We place declaration on our giving at my church. That is one area I am excited to see at the end of 2015 because it’s me tracking my requests to God. There’s so much that He does for us but we may not recognize because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Document every bump in the road, every hurdle and mountain. Then document your success in spite of it.
2.) Stop Dieting!
Most people would like to lose some weight, myself included. However, dieting is not necessarily the most effective way to do so. We go in so hard the first week or two but then we lose steam and blame the diet. This year I dare you to stop the diets and make some goals. Not weight loss goals but life changing goals. As an example, this year I plan on eating more frequently (I tend to skip meals), drinking more water and working out at least once every 2 weeks. It may not seem like much but it’s a step in the direction I want to go, and it’s an attainable goal for me.
3.) Make it stick
When it comes to goals, it can be hard to keep up all the changes you make during the process. For example, dieting doesn’t work for many people because they can’t maintain all the changes to their eating habits. Instead, take one step at a time. Schedule your changes. Take minor steps that will gradually incorporate the desired change into your lifestyle. This is the perfect way to make the changes stick permanently.
4.) Plan your vacations
We can get so caught up that we forget to recharge. This year I challenge you to take at least 2 vacations. For those with children at least one has to be without the kids. Put it on your calendar, make the arrangements, and GO! My hubby and I like going out of the country because it gives us an opportunity to shut out the world. If you are doing a staycation then NO devices are allowed. You can have your phone but for emergencies only. Allow yourself time to enjoy life without any stressors.
5.) Create a routine.
Having kids made me realize the importance of having a routine. Routines are the master plans for my day. I include times to eat, time for work, time for teaching my kids, naps, cooking time, appointments, family bonding time, etc. The days I planned last year were some of my best days because they ran so smoothly. Routine is the superhero that kicks procrastination in the face. If you keep at it you’ll knock it out for the count. Set your routine from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep. I like loading my mornings because that’s the time I am most productive. Know that your routine is not set in stone, so allow room for breaks and delays. Also, every routine should have a time to finish. My days were still effective even if I didn’t get to everything. The fact that I track the day and see how much I accomplished allowed me not to focus on the negative (what I didn’t do).
6.) Get some accountability partners
I have been blessed with some no-nonsense friends and family! If I tell them that I am going to do something and ask them to help me stay on top of it, then they will make sure I get it done. They will let me know when I’m making excuses. They will give me suggestions on what I can do to achieve my goal. They will be encouraging when I need it, and push me when I need it. My accountability partners are who I credit with getting this website up and running. At the times when I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to do this they reminded me of the many people I would help by launching my site. They checked in on me at every step. You need people like that in your life who will hold you accountable and make sure you don’t slack up on your dreams and responsibilities.
7.) Be happy
Whatever your goals are for 2015, don’t forget to enjoy the year. Laugh at your mistakes. Take some family time. Have some game nights. Enjoy a show. Play with your pet. Do more to bring yourself joy!
8.) Start Now
Don’t wait for Monday. Don’t wait for spring. Don’t wait for someone else. Start NOW! There is something you can do today to get closer to achieving your goals.