I haven’t been the type of person to really make New Year’s Resolutions. I have a vague recollection of writing things down for school, but I was never serious about keeping them.
I want this year to be different.
Now granted, in order for me to actually keep my goals, I can’t make them too challenging. If I set the goal too high, my resolutions in 2016 will be to finish my resolutions from 2015. By also publicly stating what my goals are for the year, I’m holding myself accountable to finish (most of) them.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
- Don’t set a goal that you won’t be able to reasonably reach. Set a goal that challenges you, but doesn’t get tossed aside when you realize it will be too hard to reach.
- Don’t set too many resolutions. Having too many things you want to accomplish in 2015 can make you feel overwhelmed. You won’t know where to start or you might try doing them all at once and get overloaded. Having just a few goals can help you balance things out in order to achieve more.
- Write your goals down where you can see and visit them often. You can also set reminders on your phone or tape your list on your mirror to see every morning.
- Talk about your resolutions with friends and family. When you let others know what you are trying to accomplish, they can help motivate you to meet your goal.
- Make a resolution with someone else. Along with telling others about your goals, it’s even better if you have someone who is working on the same goal as you. Plus it can fuel a little competition, which can drive you to work even harder.
- Start small and then get bigger. There’s no where written that you can’t modify your resolutions. If you reach your goal too easily or you find that you just aren’t challenged enough, then it’s okay to expand upon your goal. If you wanted to learn a new language, but decided memorizing phrases isn’t hard enough, then working on learning more about the grammar and rules of the language can be your larger goal. With weight loss and exercise, which we know is a popular resolution, work out at home with videos from YouTube and tutorials on Pinterest before committing yourself to a gym membership.
I’ve decided on 5 resolutions for myself for 2015. While they may seem big, these are the most attainable for me. All I need is accountability and to apply myself and I’m confident I will achieve them.
MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015
- Read the unread books on my bookshelf. This may not seem like much of a goal, but let me tell you it is. I love books, and I love reading. But something happened called Netflix where I get sucked into a TV series and can’t leave until I’ve finished. I also used to work at a bookstore, where I collected a lot of books I wanted to read, but then I never got to them. Actually reading my books will make Sean happy too, and maybe allow me to get more books in the future.
- Watch everything in my Netflix queue. Sean gives me a hard time for not watching things that I put in my instant queue. He threatens to go and delete things and teases that I won’t even notice. Whether he’s right or not, we will never know, because he gets the evil eye from me and told that I will watch it. I’ve actually been slowly making my way through the queue, but I’d like to get through it faster.
- Blog on a regular basis. I probably shouldn’t admit this on my blog, but this is the one that will really test the times for me. I ask my readers to help keep me accountable and bug me any time I haven’t updated in a while.
- Lose baby weight(and then some). I know that this is typical but hear me out. Ever since I got married 4 years ago, I’ve struggled with gaining weight and weight loss. I’ve seen a difference in how quickly I get winded and have trouble breathing sometimes when I overexert myself. This isn’t a goal that I will be working on immediately though, as our Baby Girl isn’t due until Springtime, but it’s one I want to make now. Thankfully up until recently, I was losing weight with this baby, nothing too drastic, but enough that my doctor was concerned. I assured him that I do eat, I just don’t eat as much. Baby Girl also craves fruit more than anything else, so I think that’s been a factor as well.
- Go on a trip for my 5th year wedding anniversary. This one to me is one of those goals that I can’t really work on right now, but I can keep at the back of my mind. Ever since we got married 4 years ago, we haven’t been able to go on a trip for our anniversary. I know some couples have gone longer without an anniversary trip, but for Sean and I, 5 years is the first big milestone. We’d like to go to Disneyland or Walt Disney World(to visit my old stomping grounds), or even a Disney Cruise, with baby coming along, those might not be feasible, but we can dream right? When the time comes closer we will take a look to see what we can actually do.
What types of New Year’s Resolutions have you made? Please share them with me in the comments!