Happy New Year, 2018! I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Why?
I prefer to set monthly/weekly goals instead of broad year-long resolutions. I’ve learned to be kinder to myself as I’ve gotten older. I don’t want to add a fail to my new year if I can’t continue with a New Year’s resolution. Around 40-45% of adults make 1 or more resolutions, and 50% of us will break them by June? 1/3 of us won’t make it past the end of January. I understand that goals and resolutions are very similar. If I need to revise a goal, it’s easy to do, and it doesn’t seem like an outright fail. It’s silly, I know. Basically, it’s just semantics, but it works better for me.
Goals not Resolutions!
Over Christmas break, I was off work for 8 days. This is a nice perk when you are a school counselor. We also had a 2-hr. delay and another day off due to the extremely cold temperatures. I definitely needed that time to rest, and I wish I could say that I was super busy and productive, but I’ll be honest. I wasn’t. However, I’m not beating myself up for taking it easy because I needed to do that. It’s hard work being a counselor/teacher. Many people really don’t understand the number of hours we put into this profession unless you are married to one or have one in your family. I love what I do, and I put my heart and soul into it. I’m definitely not complaining because I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do, and I love the people that I work with.
Common Goals for the New Year
With each new year, it is a fresh beginning. It is a nice time to reflect and evaluate your life choices. This is a great opportunity to write down your goals for improving your life for the better. Here are 5 common goals that I plan to work on:
- Eat healthier food and lose some weight.
- Exercise and get in better shape.
- Get more sleep.
- Reduce stress/anxiety.
- Get rid of clutter and organize my spaces at home and at work.
Be Good to Yourself!
Reflect and think seriously about the lifestyle changes that you want to improve. Write down your goals, and be sure to make them achievable and realistic. Your goal should matter enough to you that you’ll be motivated to stick with it. Celebrate your successes along your journey. Be good to yourself because you deserve it!