Updated: Jan 3, 2019
If you are anything like me and half the world, after New Year's Eve you feel an astonishing amount of pressure to set goals, turn your life around and make this year the best one ever. The problem with that pressure, at least for me, is that it feels overwhelming and I have to fight to just get started...and well let's be honest, stay "started".
Whether you want to start working out, eating healthier, being more organized or even saving for your next home renovation, setting those goals and sticking to them can be tough.
Here are the 3 things I'm doing so I can stay on track in 2019 🤞!
I believe we should cherish the memories and not care about the mess that is made while making them, but OMG Christmas morning had my house in shambles for a week! Something had to be done...
In order for me to focus or do my best work I need to have a clean, organized environment. I need to feel that the stuff that holds my creativity (like my office, my closets, my house) is in order and then I too can be in order. Cleaning-up can have different meanings with varied expectations for all of us. For me, I realized shortly after having my second child that my house will never again look like the gorgeous staged photos that I see all over Insta and Pinterest. I wish my life could look like that, but I needed to set my expectations to match my reality, which is exposed wires, sippy cups on the counter, and pillows slightly askew.
2. Write it down
Now that your space is clean and organized, write down what you are looking to accomplish. I joke often that if I don't write my name down I will forget it. And on some days that is a true story! Writing-down my goals and tasks allows me to visualize my plan. It also allows me to review the list just in case I forget and I can check things off as I finish. What is it about crossing off items on a list that is SO freaking satisfying?!
3. Give permission to take baby-steps
I may only be speaking for myself, but setting a goal and meeting that goal don't usually happen on the same day. Incremental change, baby-steps, will get you to the end just the same. This means I try not to beat myself up when I haven't drastically become a different, better person on January 3rd. I try to accept that change may take time and I may have missteps along the way and that is OK. I'm giving myself permission to be imperfect; if I fall off the horse, just hop back on, right? I mean what's the worst that could happen if you told yourself you would eat clean in 2019 and you just downed a bag of potato chips (asking for a friend)?
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