I'm not always a fan of making new year's resolutions, because those seem so temporary. But the new year is always a good time to reassess what we are doing and figure out if there are any changes to be made. Most importantly, with the hecticness of the holidays behind us, there's no real excuse to getting any of these things done. If you are looking for things to add to your resolutions list for the new year – here are some suggestions. Remember to write down your goals, break them up into small steps, and then plan out each thing that you need to do.
Resolutions List for the New Year
Health and Wellness Resolutions
It should be no surprise the health and wellness goals are at the top of many people's resolutions list. Besides the obvious and common goal of losing weight, you should also consider other health concerns like making key screening appointments (annual mammogram, skin check, and physicals, for instance), and following an exercise regimen. Make those appointments now, so that you have them scheduled.
In terms of getting fit, remember that this is a lifelong initiative – not a January initiative. Anyone who belongs to a gym knows that there is a huge influx of new people for the first few weeks of the year, but they don't typically stick around. Make a routine and stick to it. Here are my tips for getting motivated to get fit when you aren't motivated.
Home Organization Resolutions
Home organization is another big item on any resolutions list, especially when the house can seem cluttered after an influx of holiday gifts. Now is a great time to declutter and to go through items to see what you can resell. It's also important that you get your finances organized, especially with tax season around the corner. Use this system to get your bills organized so you don't miss a payment. Don't just throw things out – make changes so that you aren't dealing with more clutter again later.
Personal Organization Resolutions
Personal organization is also very important, and the key to getting things done. These tips to getting organized for the entire school year may help, as well as these personal tips for how to organize your life for the new year. I think planning your week out on Sunday night can be especially helpful. That way, you know exactly what you'll be facing for the week. And, if you need to, schedule in your workouts so you'll be sure to get them done. You should also consider organizing your home office so that you'll be set up for the year.
Time with Family and Kids
Every year, I vow to spend more time with my kids. It gets challenging each year, especially as my kids are getting older and more busy. But although I can't always be with them at home, I make it a point to go to almost every softball, baseball, and basketball game, as well as every performance. To obtain that goal, I have to make sure to schedule each of these things into my planner, and work around them. I know this isn't always possible for every parent, and I do occasionally miss things. But, put them in your calendar the minute you get the schedule, so you'll have more options to attend.
Make Time for Travel
I'm a passionate family traveler (you can see my sister family travel site here). I am adamant that we schedule our vacations each season – whether it's a quick road trip or a full-blown family vacation. The time together is so important, and as my kids get older, they are out of the house more and more. When we are on vacation, we are together, and that's so important.
What is on your resolutions list this year?
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