Goodbye Resolutions, Hello Goals

As 2017 is coming to the end and 2018 is fast approaching. I am sure many of us are thinking about those “New Year’s Resolutions”. I do not know why but just typing those words makes me tense up. 

I haven’t set any New Year’s Resolutions for the last 4 years and let me explain why. The main reason is because “Life Happens”. Real life happens life gets busy, kids are always busy, moms are always trying to balance it all and sadly sometimes we have major life changing events like losing a loved one.

     My process: On Saturday or Sunday morning I’ll make a list of goals for the week these are things that will 1) make my week easier 2) breaking up a bigger goal into smaller pieces 3) make me feel good about me. I either write these in my journal or put them on my phones notepad. As I complete one I check them off. This helps me not feel so overwhelmed about ALL the things I need to do. When the month comes to an end I like to look back and see what I was able to do and what still needs to be worked on. 

     If there are family goals I always get input from my husband and kids. Sometimes this ends up being a disaster LOL, but it is also helpful especially when it comes to making sure my kids take part in certain chores that must be done i.e. organizing their closets or rooms. 

     Yes, there are some weeks that end, and I feel like we have not accomplished anything, and I just get refocused for the next week. 

     Approaching goals this way makes me feel like I’m getting things done. I have nothing against Resolutions I have just found that I stay better on task when my goals are not set for the entire year. If you struggle with New Year’s Resolutions give my way a try and see if it helps you out. Happy goal setting.

**Originally published in December 2017. This is the first blog post I ever wrote.

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