I’m not really big on New Year’s resolutions.
I don’t like to set myself up to fail, I don’t like disappointing others (even if in the end I’m really only disappointing myself) and I usually forget whatever I was resolving to do/accomplish in the first place.
My mom would make a point of comparing any process to segment dog training… break it down into smaller steps, then put them together to reach the end goal.
You know, first teach your dog to lay down and then you can go from there to “play dead” or “roll over.”
So instead of New Year’s resolutions… I want to give myself goals that will add up to make my life more healthy, enjoyable, and fulfilling.
I find myself packing in as much as I can into each day with little time to sit back and just be. My mind is constantly buzzing with things to do, things I should have done, people I want to connect with, and self-imposed guilt for not doing them. Then I don’t go to bed until after 11pm, my mind buzzing, and wake up still tired with little to no time to have a decent breakfast and rushing out the door.
That’s not how I want to live my life.
I can’t expect to change my routines and habits over night. I will give myself daily (for the often overwhelming list of things that need to be done) and monthly goals. I’ll share my monthly goals with you here… to help keep me accountable and to remind myself that I need to do these things–for ME.
(Plus, crossing things off of lists makes me feel like I’ve actually accomplished something. It’s proof that I’ve been doing things, justifying the use of my time. Is that weird?)
- Eat breakfast everyday. A good breakfast. (I already rearranged my kitchen to make my oatmeal-making-flow a bit smoother in the morning!)
- Exercise at least 3 times a week. It might not seem like much, but it is a vast improvement over NO times a week! (And I am looking forward to walks with Holli and Jess when the weather warms up a bit and the days are longer! But that will have to wait for another month.)
- Organize/clean my garage so I can park in it again. It is currently full of dog club stuff and other odds and ends. That needs to change. It would be nice to have a morning where I didn’t have to scrape ice from my windshield!!
I think that’s a good start…
What goals have you set for yourself this month/year?