The New Year is fast approaching. Christmas went by so fast that I still can’t get over it. Every December, I dig my thoughts for things I wanted to do differently for the next year. I would end up with a long list but manage to accomplish none. Admittedly, I’m bad with resolutions. I’m not even sure why I do it every year. I guess I’m hooked with the idea of a fresh start and making new year as an excuse to start doing the things I set myself to do.
Honestly, we can always make changes in our ways regardless of the month. We can always better ourselves anytime we wanted to if we just focus on our goals and take the necessary steps to do them. It’s easier said than done (I know). How do I plan to work on my resolutions? I have thought of several ways.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. I will narrow down my resolutions to what’s really important for me. No more unrealistic resolutions that I know I won’t be able to do. Like in business, I’ll keep my resolutions SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time Bound).
One step at a time. There’s 365 days in one year so I don’t think I need to rush in accomplishing my goals. I’m not saying that I will procrastinate but I will manage my time to accomplish my goals. Besides, there’s no reason for me to overwhelm myself with so many changes in one day when I’ve got plenty of time.
Plan To Plan
Once I’ve set my resolutions, I’ll plot them in my calendar and note book. I usually forget things and I like writing down important stuff on my calendar and work note book so I would know my schedule for the day or if there’s something urgent that needs to be done. Plus, writing in my calendar helps me organize my life.
I mentioned that I usually forget things; and another bad trait that I have is that I’m a bit stubborn. That is a deadly combination if you ask me. So, I thought of making a habit of setting the alarm on whenever I planned something on my calendar. That way, I’ll be reminded of things that I need to do. I will keep setting my alarm on until I have already made a habit of doing things.
Once a while, I’ll visit my list of resolutions to check my progress. Reassessing my actions and knowing what works for me and what’s not working so that I can tweak my ways if necessary.
Be With A Friend
I do have resolutions that needs to be done with a friend or set of friends in order to motivate me to do it. An example would be going to the gym. I’m not a big fan of gyms and fitness. I’m too lazy to get up and work out but I have to do it not because I want to but because I have to. I would definitely need a friend who loves to go to the gym so that I’ll be inspired and encouraged to do the same.
These are only a few ways I can think of right now. I know, I’ll be able to think of other ways as I move forward with my list. I hope I was able to impart some ideas to help you with your resolutions. Share your ideas with me. I would love to hear from you. I’m excited for the New Year and I hope you guys are too.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!