What I learned about New Years Resolutions

Every December, the talk begins. What I will accomplish in the new year? What I’ll do away with etc. 2017 and 2018 were the first time that I successfully completed my goals… read more to find out how!

New Years resolutions, goals, whatever you call them always overwhelmed me which is why I dreaded doing them. Although I’m a planner at heart, planning too far ahead was something I had difficulty doing.

So in 2017, I decided to take on this approach a little differently. First step, doing away with the year long goals.

Attacking your goals in strides is better than trying to attack them all at once. So I broke them down, in 2017 I focused on my goals quarterly. Only printing or writing down the ones for the next few months. At the end of the quarter I’d review and adjust. If I didn’t complete one it would be added to the next quarter.

For 2019 I’m doing something similar! I’m attacking my goals month-to-month. For January, I have a goal to not spend my money eating out. I realized last year that I was becoming a little excessive with this expense. So far so good, if I misstep it’s easy to fix because it’s the main goal that I’m focusing on for the month.

In February, I hope to be more organized with my day job and my blog job. Planning as far ahead as possible. I realized towards the end of 2018 how much peace I gained when I scheduled my work far in advance. It’s the only type of super planning ahead that works for me.

The last thing I learned about resolutions is that it is okay if they carry over to the next year. I think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves and expect to check off every box, but if you’re working towards something that can still be measured as success as well! Take it in strides.


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