Many people joke that the first day of the year is the most packed at fitness centers because almost everyone wishes to be healthier. People usually realize after a few days or weeks that making the resolution is easy, but keeping up with it isn’t. As a result, their resolution fails and their lifestyle remains the same. You want to come up with a detailed plan with SPECIFIC ways to better yourself and start preparing now. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. In other words, important work takes time and patience. You’ll be much more likely to reach your goals by going step by step and making little changes first. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular resolutions with ways to take small, simple steps immediately to set yourself up for success from January through December.
Best wishes for you at crushing your goals for 2019!
Eat healthier and exercise
First, you can take a look at your current diet and decide what you can remove from it. For example, I’m a big coffee drinker. This year I would like to reduce the amount of cups I drink per week and replace it with other foods and drinks that help boost your energy (green tea, beans, eggs, oranges, etc). There’s also a number of awesome apps that give you exercises to do at home. Go through your calendar and schedule 15 minutes every few days to be active, and increase that number each week until you’re in a good routine.
Save money and manage finances better
Start by looking at your previous bank statements. Do you have any subscriptions you can go without? Do you tend to shop without a list and budget in mind? After you discover where your money is going, you can set a goal to put aside money each month into your savings account. In addition, many banks offer to have your debit card purchases round up to the nearest dollar. That money is then moved into your savings account. Sweet, right?
Relax more and make time for self-care
Many people, especially mamas, don’t add this into their routine. It is an absolute must! If it’s in your budget, schedule a blow out or manicure once a month. If that’s not your thing, you can stay at home and treat yourself! Whether it’s running a bath, taking a nap, or doing yoga from Youtube in your living room, self-care does NOT have to be expensive. It may not even cost a dime. The important part is that you make time for yourself to unwind and re-charge as often as you need.
Spend more time with family & friends
Perhaps you could take one hour out of your day to unplug and be completely present with your own family. Maybe you could call your friend that you think is too busy to chat, regardless if you get an answer or not. The biggest thing is to take some sort of action immediately on this plan. My family has made Sunday our “chill” day where we don’t schedule anything outside of the house except grabbing a bite to eat. We go to church and relax together afterwards. This is probably my favorite day of the week as it allows everyone to spend time with one another.
The easiest way I stay organized is by having a planner. Day Designer is my favorite brand to use and keeps me on track with my goals throughout the year. If you’re not a pen & paper type of gal, there’s many smartphone apps that will send you reminders on appointments as well. If you want to organize your home, start by walking around your house with a trash bag and toss in anything that can be disposed. The next week, do the same with clothes. Fill a bag with clothes for donating and a separate bag for trash (like those toddler shirts with stains that will never come out). The following week, do the same with your children’s toys. After that, do it with books and magazines! This is something that is so simple to do and allows no excuses – you can start today!