Hi, my name is Lexi, and I am a procrastinator.
Really, New Year's Resolutions are laughable for me. I think last year I even resolved just to keep my resolution.... It didn't work.
Some resolutions I can do. Provided they're short.
...and generally what I'm currently doing now.
Not exactly leading to growth, right?
I do a lot better with monthly or weekly goals. The shorter time span means I’m less likely to forget what I’m working towards. However the idea of going into a year with an idea of what I want to get out of it really appeals to me.
Tip #1: Be realistic
The hardest part of New Year’s resolutions is the fight between challenging myself and creating goals that I can logically achieve. Not too hard but not too easy. Then I inevitably choose a goal that is too hard and I give up or too easy and it doesn’t really lead to growth.
Tip #2: Focus on one over-arching theme.
A few years ago, I read a lot about people choosing one word to focus on for the year, and I still see people who do that as I read blogs and articles. Ali Edwards has some amazing resources out there to help with this.
Tip #3: Be Specific with mini-goals.
I think one of the reasons that this tactic hasn’t worked for me in the past is because without some goals attached to my word, it might very easily have the same effect as a staff-room motivational poster. You know, the ones with a picture of a rainbow or an eagle and a word like “determination” or “courage” underneath. Everyone reads them, and then goes on with their day. I wanted something a little more engaging for me, something that added a bit of accountability. I have a lot of success setting monthly or weekly goals, and this year I’m going to try to attach a few small year-long goals to my resolution and see what happens.
So I’ve chosen my word for the year, and then I chose 5 categories that are important to me, and made 1-2 goals in each area based on my word.
My word for 2016 is discovery
Goal 1: Health
I will try new healthy meals, even if I don’t feel like cooking.
I will try at least 2 new exercise classes, even if I don’t know anyone else and I feel like an uncoordinated idiot.
Goal 2: Wealth
I will research more about how to save for retirement properly.
I will act on at least one of the options I’ve researched before March.
Goal 3: Relationships
I will find new date ideas and make sure to schedule time to do them on a consistent basis.
I will send more cards and be more aware of others’ celebrations.
Goal 4: Work
I will explore my options for change for next year.
I will grow A+T as an outlet and a community.
Goal 5: Travel
I will visit at least 2 new places I’ve never been.
I will revisit at least 2 places I have been to before and find new and interesting adventures.
Tip #4: Make your goals visible!
To ensure I don’t forget, I typed up my word and my goals, added some awesome clipart, and made a nice pretty printable to hang in my office area.
Tip #5: Reflect
I haven’t done this part yet, but the biggest thing is to stop each month, and reflect on how I’m doing, and if I’ve met, surpassed, or totally forgotten these resolutions.
That’s my procrastinator’s guide to New Year’s resolutions for this year. What about you, how do you set your resolutions? Do you also focus on one word?