Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How I Do...Resolutions / Goals

While I already have shared my 2018 New Year's Resolutions and January 2018 Goals, I thought I would share exactly why I do them, why I do both resolutions AND monthly goals, and how I plan to achieve them.


First up, why I do resolutions / goals.  I have always been a 'to do' list maker, and I feel like that kind of goes hand in hand with making resolutions and goals.  I like to have specific things in mind that I want to work on, whether it be small, like cleaning something out, or big, like improving on my health.  It seems like 4 is my magic number when it comes to goals, and that is also the number of resolutions I set this year.  While I have a whole slew of things I would like to accomplish, I think keeping it at 4 makes my goals easier to focus on and more attainable.  I don't want to make things to easy on myself, but I also don't want to be overly ambitious to the point where I can't accomplish anything.

The reason I like to do both resolutions and monthly goals, is because I see my resolutions as more 'lifestyle' changes and my monthly goals are more things to check off my to do lists.  For example, improving on my health and fitness is a major lifestyle change.  I love food and that balance between treat yo'self and being healthy and feeling good is something I struggle with.  Which I realize makes no sense, because why wouldn't do you do the thing that you know will make you feel good?  The struggle is real, though!  Doing monthly goals help me focus on a few specific things to ensure that they get done and not slip through the cracks...at least for the most part.  I say that because if you have read here for awhile, you know some months I am knocking things off left and right, and other months I maybe get to actually check one goal off the list.  Or none, which was the case last month!  But as I said about goals being more 'check the box' - for me, cleaning out my bathroom drawer and cabinets is something I can do and then check off, but eating healthy is definitely a lifestyle change that requires a bit more work and commitment, which is why I have it as a resolution.

Now for how I plan to achieve them.  This is more for my resolutions, because obviously if I want to clean out my bathroom drawer and cabinets, then I just need to take the time to do it.  Resolutions are a bit harder, because as I mentioned, I look at them more as lifestyle changes.  Below I have outlined how I hope achieve my 2018 New Year's Resolutions.

1.  Finish the Bible / Complete a Bible study.  To finish the Bible, I need to keep on reading every morning.  The past few days, I have been setting it out on the coffee table before I go to bed, that way it is the first thing I see.  As of right now, I haven't focused on a Bible study, but my first thought is doing it with someone else to help keep accountable.  

2.  Consistently work out and eat healthy.  Consistently is definitely the key here!  For my workouts, I have been using the Femme Fit app, as well as doing cardio.  I switch it up between elliptical, walking at an incline and the stairmaster.  As for eating healthy (by far the hardest thing for me), prepping is definitely key, as well as the My Fitness Pal app.  Tracking what I eat in the app really helps me to stay on track.  I do have a love/hate relationship with it, though, because sometimes importing recipes into the app isn't super easy and then creating them to find out the calories / nutrition information can be a little tedious.  But it really has been worth it.  Another plan of attack is to allow myself something 'indulgent' a day, that way I don't feel like I can't have something which in turn would make me want it even more and eventually over do it.  Right now, that is two dark chocolate sea salt caramels - so good!   

3.  Sunday = day of rest.  Plan of attack is to make Saturday my productive day.  Or even Friday night.  Just not Sunday.  Last weekend went pretty well, so hopefully I can make that into a habit.

4.  Establish weekly routines.  First up, I need to figure out what exactly I want to incorporate into these routines.  Then, how long my tasks will take (approximately) and when would be the best time to do them.  And when I have that all figured out, schedule it in my planner, like I would an appointment.  They say that if you 'schedule' your workout, you are more likely to do it, so I am using the same philosophy for this. 

That's my game plan for this year.  Hopefully I will be able to come back here at the end of the year, saying everything went off smoothly!  We know that won't happen, because rarely does it, but if I can improve on things and get some stuff done this year, I will call it a success!

Linking up with Shay, Erika, Jenn and Jessi

13 comments:

  1. I absolutely get what you mean about the resolutions being more of a lifestyle change! I think monthly goals are awesome -we get so bogged down with to do lists, it's nice to know we have a whole month to complete something! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. what a great game plan! I agree with you on resolutions vs goals. Monthly goals are so attainable for a short term goal!

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  3. Establish more of a routine has been one of my goals for way too long - it's going to happen this year!! Along with getting more organized haha

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  4. 100% agree and I already told you how on point this is! Love this! Happy Wednesday friend!

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  5. I am so with you on goals vs. resolutions! I love your list and think it has a really good balance between challenging yet attainable, cheering you on!!! :)

    www.ourhomewithhounds.com

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  6. I love your reasoning behind resolutions. I'm holding my resolutions a little closer to the vest this year, but I think it's so important to view them as lifestyle changes. Great thoughts, girl!

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  7. I think the way you have everything set up totally makes sense, and your monthly goals play into your overall resolutions for the year but are more specific. I'm not the best with using MFP consistently, but I agree that it really does help with accountability. I usually feel like the processed foods, so stuff easy to scan, is what I need to be the most mindful of anyway so it's nice to have that accurate.

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  8. I think the key is totally to do things that are attainable and these definitely seem like that!

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  9. I love your "establish weekly routines". I have "weekly preparation" as one of my goals, but I like the idea of weekly routines better. When I think of "weekly preparation" I think of getting ready on Sundays for the week, but your idea of "weekly routines" makes me think of developing routines that go throughout the week and I like that a lot better. Doesn't seem so overwhelming and daunting as trying to accomplish all the things on Sunday before the week starts. Such a simple concept, but one I haven't thought of in this way. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I’m the same way, Saturday get er done, Sunday, relax, make a little food and chill!

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  11. You can definitely do all of these! And I love your number one. I'm thinking of getting one of those one year bibles... I might try that next year!

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  12. I'm a to-do lister as well, and love these goals! Consistency is definitely key with working out, as I didn't notice a difference until it became a consistent routine. Get it girl <3
    Green Fashionista

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  13. I agree in that resolutions are more long term vs the monthly goals. And I have some good Bible study recs when you need them!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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