One of the best parts of the New Year is the idea of a fresh start and the ability to take a look at the year before. To see what worked and what needs improvement. And most importantly, to give yourself resolutions to try and hit in the coming year.
But when it comes to these goals, I think the most important part is helping yourself succeed. I briefly touched on this in my 5 Simple Weight Loss Mistakes post, but it’s easy to want to go from 0-100. To tell yourself that you’re going to only eat healthy foods, get 9 hours of sleep every night, read 50 books, etc. In reality, about 80% of resolutions fail by February. 80%! Well, I refuse to be part of that 80%. This year I have given myself both professional and personal resolutions, and I’m hoping that creating this post will help hold me accountable.
- Do better at responding to comments. I promise that I read and immensely appreciate every single comment that is left on my blog. Unfortunately, when my blogging to-do list gets long, this is the one thing that kind of falls to the wayside. And I don’t want it to be like that! Interacting with you guys on my blog is one of my favorite things, so I’m going to try and block off a little bit of time every day to respond.
- Plan blog posts a month at a time. Okay, you got me, I’m a horrible procrastinator. I’ve been this way ever since I was in school. And it’s not good! Waiting until the last second to do something is never good. I’m hoping that if I introduce my obsession with planning I’ll actually get ahead of myself. Maybe *gasp* even get a couple of blog posts written before the week I post them!
- Remember quality over quantity. I have a schedule for my blog (Tuesday and Thursday) and while I love writing these posts, it’s important to remember that putting out quality posts that I am proud of is more important than putting out half-hearted posts that I’m only publishing because it’s that day of the week.
- Keep enjoying myself. This is the biggest thing! My blog should never feel like a chore. Sure there are days when I’d rather watch a movie or something on YouTube, but the majority of the time I love working on my blog and should continue to feel that way.
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- Lose those final 30 pounds. I have been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds for the past couple of months and I’m tired of it. I’ve come so far and only have about 30 pounds until I hit my goal weight. I can do that this year! The plan is a mixture of gym time and logging my calories. I’ve done this before and I can do it again. Do you want to join me?
- Eat healthier and meal prep. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – losing weight starts in the kitchen. While exercising is important, once your diet is on point the pounds will come off. I was lucky enough to receive some healthy cookbooks over the holidays, so might as well put them to use!
- Read 30 books. It’s important for your mental health to be able to unplug from your phone and your computer and help your mind relax. What better way than with a book? Last year I read about 20 books, but I know for a fact that I can do more this year.
- Start and maintain a budget. Not only do I have a couple of trips planned for this coming year, but I’m getting married next year. Which means that now is more important than ever to watch my spending. I’ll be able to breathe a lot easier knowing that I won’t be one mechanic trip away from seeing my vacation dreams go down the drain.
- Be happy. This, above all, is the most important resolution I could set. Continue doing what I love to do and surrounding myself with people who inspire and lift me up will make 2018 the best year ever. Let’s do this!
What resolutions have you set for yourself? Can I do anything to help you achieve them?