I have to admit that I love New Year’s. I prefer it over Christmas. I never thought much of it until I realized that my husband doesn’t like New Year’s or at least he doesn’t think much about it. I agree that it seems counterintuitive to take the first day of the year off. Shouldn’t we be trying to get ahead on the first day?
I don’t like New Year’s for the parties. In fact, I don’t drink or attend parties. What I like about New Year’s is the opportunity to start new projects and LISTS. Still, there are always those resolutions that get dropped before Valentine’s Day.
THIS year I have a few NEW TRICKS to keep (hopefully) my resolutions going for the full 365 days of 2015.
1.) I use a DAILIES sheet. I was inspired by Gretchen Rubin‘s books “The Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home” to create a daily check off list for the things I want to work on everyday. For example, read to my toddler for 30 minutes, walk 10,000 steps, sleep at least 7 hours, etc.
2.) I wrote a list of AFFIRMATIONS based on my goals. Writing down affirmations was recommended by several people and I have been pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness. For example, by writing down “I am happily married” or “My child is creative and fun” (things I know to be true) I am reminded that they ARE true and I appreciate them more.
3.) I have MODELS OF INSPIRATION. I have a couple of authors (it could be anyone) that I resort to when I need inspiration to continue my resolutions. When I’m feeling tired and unmotivated, I re-read portions of their books or glance around their websites for new activity. I especially love Gretchen Rubin’s Youtube videos. We may not have everything or even very much in common but just enough that I feel inspired by their hard-work and determination.
Happy New Year!
What will keep you motivated this year? What are your 2015 RESOLUTIONS?