6 Ways to Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
December 31, 2018
Are you ready to start your 2019 with all the motivation and intensity it’s going to take to accomplish those new year’s resolutions? Or are you already feeling like by January 7th or so, that drive is going to fizzle, as it likely has in years past?
The past few years I’ve been able to fulfill my new year’s goals using the following six tips. If you’re serious about executing those goals this year, mama, read on to see how you can work it in 2019 and accomplish ALL THE THINGS you want. I'm living proof 3 years strong!
1. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Basically, don't only have only one new year’s resolution. Like your financial portfolio, diversify. Look at all the areas of your life you want to improve: parenting, career, self-care, finances, relationship. Choose something for each of these.
2. Write down your resolutions. It seems almost like a no-brainer, but seriously, this small step is extremely crucial. So many people say they’re going to do something and then do not follow through. A big reason for this is simply because they didn’t write down their goal. The best place to do this is in a place where you will see it daily. I have a dry/erase board (ironically) where I write my annual goals every year. And no, they don’t get erased until end of year after I’ve spent the entire year looking at them daily, checking them off as I complete them and then documenting my hard earned accomplishments through a photo before erasing that 365 days' worth of work and writing down my next ones to repeat this awesome process.
3. Make your resolutions specific. Last year I wanted to focus on spending more one-on-one time with each of my kids. My resolution didn’t read: spend more time with kids one-on-one. It went more like this: go out on a one-on-one date with each kid per quarter. The more specific you get, the easier it will be for you to measure your success in actually completing this goal. If you're vague on your resolution, you'll probably be pretty vague at getting it done too. Simple as that. Be specific!
4. Make some easier than others. Not all your resolutions need to be super challenging or complicated. Make some goals less challenging to achieve than others. We all need to hit the easy button some days and often the sense of accomplishment you will feel from completing your first resolution will ignite you to want to feel that again and again by working toward the others.
5. Be creative about how to fit these into your new lifestyle. You're likely not going to just stop drinking wine, unless you have an alcohol problem and if you do, then power to you girlfriend, sober up. But if you're just another blessed yet sometimes stressed mama like me, you'll probably still indulge here and there. I found this awesome wine that, get this, is actually healthy and wont totally eff up your efforts to lose the holiday 5 you gained due to eating way too much cheesecake. (I may or may not be referring to myself there.) Check it out if weight loss or being healthier is on your list: Smart Vine Wine. This is a clear example of how you can find creative ways to fit your goals into your lifestyle without having to necessarily make huge drastic changes.
6. Check yourself on the reg. When you're sitting down to Netflix and chill next weekend, ask yourself, “Is there a goal I should be committing to right now?”. If that goal was more time for you to relax, then by all means do it! If it was to finish your book though, like someone I know writing this blog post right now, then I'm about to say buh bye to that very interesting documentary about El Chapo and get back to writing my heart out. Hold yourself accountable. You're the best person for this because only you know how important those goals are.
Well, that’s it. I’m closing 2018 out with my checklist complete and my heart and mind fulfilled. I’m ready for my next list of nirvana to-dos. I hope your 2019 is filled with everything you wish for, but realistically, I know your 2019 will be filled with everything you work for. Remember, mama, dreams don’t work unless you do. So go ahead and work it, 2019 style. Happy New Year, girlfriend!