Making New Year’s resolutions has become a running joke, a cliche. When you google “New Years Resolutions” one of the first results is “resolutions are meant to be broken”. The word “resolutions” has a stigma attached to it.
Not to be hung up on the choice of a better word (hopes? goals? plans?), I personally think it is a great idea to spend a few moments to reflect on the previous year, to give yourself credit for what worked, and reassess and adjust what didn’t.
Here is a “helicopter view” of things that I want to focus on this year. Some are new and others proved to work last year, so I will keep doing them this year (and share here on the blog).
(Note to self: they take time to establish and require workable organization and planning)
* balanced diet centered on wholesome food, mostly homemade
* emphasis on exercise: I have been following this program for about five years and love it.
*daily routines: school readiness, etc.
* more productive/engaging family and kids activities
(Note to self: learning from experience is a big part of growing and moving forward, and it is an ongoing process)
* be intentional and thoughtful, ask questions, think critically
* don’t be wasteful: value time, resources, mind and emotions
* don’t get distracted by the insignificant and superfluous
* be flexible and open-minded
These categories are, of course, interrelated. The common theme? Being mindful in everything from daily mundane stuff to the big picture decisions. I hope I can do it:)
Everyone has their own system of going forward: some go with the flow, others “map it out”. I am a list-maker and a planner, it helps me stay focused and not be pulled in a thousand ways.
What is your system? Have you made New Year’s resolutions (whichever you may call them)?