It's January 2nd (or 3rd, 4th, 10th. Hey, I'm not judging). You are EXCITED to be healthy, fit, organized, a great Mom, spouse, friend, daughter, employee - basically, you are going to be PERFECT this year! Yeah, I know, I'm laughing too. What if this year, you could actually stick to your resolutions?? YES. Stick to them! Not jump off the wagon like it was on fire.
So let's talk about goals and resolutions first. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I asked you to start thinking about this. What are you goals for this year? What are your resolutions? Let's throw conservative to the wind and BE GRAND. What would like to achieve this year? Health, money, charity - start thinking!
I'll start - I need to lose 15 lbs, I want my training and cookie business to be successful, I'm going to start school. OK - I have my list. Ordinarily, that is where we stop. Then, every year, we look up late January, MAYBE mid February and that list has been flipped over, used for a grocery list and thrown away. Oops. Not this year, baby!!! Follow me on this exercise and you'll get a big ol' packet of organizational goodness to keep you on track.
Write your list down. Take a look at it. Let's use mine. First, I want to lose 15 lbs. OK, the fact that I need to lose that weight says that I haven't been doing the right things to stay at my ideal weight. What can I change? What should I be doing in order to lose that weight and maintain an ideal weight? Working out and eating right, of course. **Now, momentary pause, don't worry about the actual workouts and food right now. we'll get to that in a later step.** I'm going to outline, generally, a workout and nutrition plan for January. Let's not be crazy. Tackle one month at a time. We'll get to specifics in just a sec.
I'm going to say I want to do cardio three times a week, do resistance three times a week. General exercise plan DONE. Now for food. No junk; that's probably my biggest issue. A gallon of water (I live in Denver, it's dry, dry, DRY.) every day. No fatty, heavy, big meals. I know my parameters and I will fill in details momentarily.
Let's analyze that first goal - I want to lose 15 lbs so I am going to do cardio and resistance workouts three times each per week and clean up my diet (I'm paraphrasing) and drink plenty of water. Not a bad start. What about WHEN I'd like to hit the goal? Yes, it's a resolution but that's all year. If it takes me all year to lose 15 lbs, I am STILL not doing something right. My birthday is in April, that's a generous amount of time. I'll say by my birthday.
I feel pretty good about that goal. It is S.M.A.R.T. - It is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. That is the point of this exercise. To make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.
Let's take a non-cliche resolution. After all, resolutions can be anything. Say you want to read more in 2017.
You LOVE to read and you just don't seem to find the time. Maybe your goal is to read one new book a month and you will aim to read 10 minutes each night. That's a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
How about being more organized? (Heavens, don't we all wish we were more organized!) You can approach this one a few different ways. Tackle your house room by room or tackle a subject matter. For instance, say you and your family tend to leave things lying around. You could create a basket or bin system where people deposit stuff throughout the day then return it to it's rightful place before bed. Or start with a home management area.
A bulletin board for a calendar, grocery list, to do list, mail slots, homework slots. A cube organization system for shoes. And hooks for bags. To make your goal to be more organized a S.M.A.R.T. goal, you would decide how to start. For instance - I want to be more organized in 2017 and I will tackle one room per month (you can always speed up if you find you can!), starting with the kitchen. I'll create a bin system for things that pile up, create a home management system and keep a running list of areas that need to be re-organized.
Do you see where I'm headed here? Having a goal or resolution is awesome. But really lining it out, being specific and intentional about it greatly increases your chances of sticking with it and seeing it through to completion. Take some time to think about what you'd like to achieve in 2017 and start making those S.M.A.R.T. goals. Write them down and you're ready for the next step!