I don’t necessarily believe in New Year’s Resolutions- at least not in the traditional sense. When someone talks about resolutions, I imagine full gyms and juice cleanses that last a few weeks or month at most. I DO believe in setting intentions and goals for the New Year that include actionable items that we can achieve over time. I especially like setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to achieve which is much less daunting than saying something you are going to do for an entire year. It is also a good idea to set goals in each category of life including work or school, friends and family, health and wellness, etc.
Here are my top tips for creating attainable goals and setting intentions for the new year:
Do not set one large, vague and unattainable goal- no “I want to lose weight” or “I want to save more money” that is just a recipe for failure. Try to break it down however works for you. It takes motivation, planning and commitment to reach any goal including a New Year’s Resolution.
Try this instead:
Choose a few things you want to do more of and a few things you want to do less of
make a list of new habits
choose one word or phrase to act as a mantra for your year. For example, if you want to spend less time on your phone or social media (one of my goals) maybe you focus on being “present” as your word of the year.
take one or two large goals and break them down in to smaller, more manageable monthly goals. For example, instead of “I want to exercise more”, maybe you say- “I want to take 10 fitness class a month.” Or instead of “I want to eat healthy” you would say, “I want to make dinner at home 4 nights a week”. These are tangible items that you can do each day, week or month that will lead you toward your goals.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure to write these intentions and goals down somewhere where you can track your progress or write down the steps you have taken to achieve your goals. I love this template from Thirty Handmade Days to help you keep track of your goals and resolutions. You can also write them in your planner or put them at your desk or on your refrigerator.
Have someone hold you accountable and support you. This should be someone who you trust to have your best interest in mind and who will really question you if you start to move away from achieving your goals. Maybe you have a fit friend who loves to exercise- ask him or her to help hold you accountable for your fitness goals. Maybe you and your husband order take out during the week- it is important for him to know your goal of cooking at home so he can help support you.
Here are my 2017 health and wellness resolutions:
Be More Mindful
- practice mindfulness for at least 10 minutes each day
- take mindful breaks at work or at home when I feel myself getting caught up or stressed
- share mindfulness with friends, family or patients at work who I think will benefit
- take at least one mindful class per month
Use My Phone Less
- Continue to use Moment to track my phone use
- Turn phone to airplane mode after 9pm when I am at home
- Put my phone away when I am eating, in a group or out with friends
- Replace “I’m sorry” with “Thank you”
- Instead of: “I’m sorry I was late” say “Thank you for waiting for me”
- Instead of: “Sorry I spilled in the kitchen again!” say “Thank you for always helping me clean up when I spill”
- Instead of: “Sorry” for literally no reason at all, take a mindful moment.
I hope you all have a wonderful 2017 and remember that a year is a really long time so please be patient with yourself and do not give up on your goals even if you aren’t perfect in January! xo