A word on New Year's resolutions
I know some people are blatantly opposed to New Year’s Resolutions because they either think a) they’re dumb because most people never accomplish them, b) they’re dumb because you should be making goals year-round, not just at the new year.
I totally understand the second point of view (but I could write a whole blog post just on why I disagree with the first one).
Yes, setting goals year-round is a good thing. However, New Years is a perfect time to set new goals as well, especially long-term goals for the year. All in all, I think that New Year’s Resolutions are a GOOD thing, but they definitely require discipline to stick to year-round.
My New Year's Resolutions
My last post was a New Year’s special. I haven’t really ever been much of a New Year’s person (because it requires you to stay up late in order to experience it), but I actually had a lot of fun this year, and I did stay up until midnight.
I mentioned three of my resolutions for this year in that post, but in this post I want to give you some more of mine and really expand on them, and then let you know how I plan on accomplishing them.
First of all, if you haven’t checked out my post of 21 thought-provoking end-of-year reflection questions yet, make sure to head on over to that post and do that.
And now that you’ve done that, we can move on to my own personal new year’s resolutions. I have a tendency to absolutely overdo it on goals because once I get thinking about all of the things I want to accomplish, I get ahead of myself and start doing like fifteen.
Unfortunately, that can be extremely counter-productive because I can’t really focus on all of those different goals at once.
I tried to keep them pretty small, but I still ended up having about fifteen for this year. I wanted to go into a little more depth on these, so I decided to stick to just five to talk about in this post.
#1 - Improve my morning/nighttime routines.
I have advocated for morning and nighttime routines for a long time, but I have to say I've fallen off the rails a bit this year. Not anything too drastic, I just prefer the predictability of routines, and I think it really does make a big difference to me.
This year, I want to get to the point where I have fairly solid morning and nighttime routines, so that I do them most days of the week.
#2 - Increase my Cardiovascular fitness.
I have a Fitbit, and it gives you a cardiovascular fitness score, and mine is 36-40, which is average.
I personally prefer not to be average in that way. When I run consistently and get plenty of sleep, my cardio fitness score goes up. I've always liked to be active so ever since I got my Fitbit it's really bugged me that my cardio fitness is just "average."
In order to do this one, I want to do some running every week and, as I mentioned, get plenty of sleep every night.
#3 - Read Three Books per month
We have a lot of books laying around our house that I've read the back cover of and I actually think sound really interesting, but I've never actually put in the effort to read them.
Reading can be a really great way to spend your time, but I know that unless I set a goal to read more and make a conscious effort, I won't actually put the time in.
That's why this year is the year that I'm planning to read three books every month. That's enough that it's going to be a challenge, but not so much that I can't do it.
#4 - Spend more time reading the bible.
Well, there's not many people who don't need to read the Bible more :)
#5 - Get More Sleep More consistently.
Specifically, I want to get about eight and a half hours of sleep per night most nights. The eight and a half mark is generally around what I need to feel optimal.
I used to be better about getting to sleep before ten, but lately I've fallen off the wagon a little bit, but I'm writing this as I'm in bed at 8:15, so hopefully I'm off to a good start :)
How To Stick To Your Resolutions
Setting resolutions is great. When you set them, you get super excited and motivated, and often that motivation translates to discipline and action.
That's great, but throughout the year, often the motivation wears off. We don't want that to happen. That's why it's important to be super intentional about how you go about keeping up your motivation and accountability.
Keep the goal in mind
Whatever you need to do: set reminders on your phone, watch movies about it, think about it while you're making breakfast... just keep it in your mind and remind yourself regularly what you're trying to accomplish.
Make short-term AND long-term plans
Goals are great, but planning out the actions that you're going to take to accomplish those goals is even BETTER.
Make sure that you make plans for what you're going to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to accomplish your goal.
Consider Obstacles in Advance
When you're thinking about your goals, consider what obstacles might get in the way of you accomplishing them, then think about how you could overcome them.
Taking the time to consider these obstacles will make it easier to overcome them when you do run into them.
If you tell people, you'll probably feel more motivated to accomplish the goal.
Or, you can also write it down. Do something to help you to get it out into the open.
and (of course) believe in yourself
If you don't believe that you can accomplish it, you probably won't.
Believe that you can, even if you've failed in the past.
New Years is the perfect time to set new goals for the new year. However, resolutions can be tough to stick to.
I love setting and working toward goals, so this post was very fun for me to write. I hope that as you read my new year's resolutions, you got some ideas in your mind about what some of yours could be.
Be prepared-- this year just might be the best year of your life so far :)