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New Year’s Resolutions. They are something many people set, but few actually stick to. I am one of those people who has created a New Year’s Resolution and not even lasted two weeks. However, this year I am determined to stick it out and I have a plan to make that happen. I’m going to play to my strengths to work on these goals for 2018.
Strengths: organization, artsy craftsyness (yes, that is now a word), and psychology
Goals: daily devos, eating healthy, working out
Let’s start with strengths since it is always good to start with our best foot forward.
Aside from putting away my laundry, I am a hella organized individual. I enjoy knowing details and planning things, and oddly enough I always have. I am very good at time management (even though I will tend to procrastinate on some school projects) and this has helped me immensely when it comes to staying organized. At work, I utilize Excel spreadsheets to keep track of everything that I am working on and at home I frequently re-organize the kitchen cabinets or my desk because I enjoy it. My newest organization obsession is Create 365’s Happy Planners. These things are LYFE friends. My good friend Sally got me into them (check her insta out here) and I now have two planners, four sticker pads, a cover, and a ton of new gel pens. I plan on using my mini planner as a fitness/meal tracker and the larger one for daily devos, school work, and everyday life. I got most of my stickers and pens for Christmas, but I bought the mini planner and cover from Michael’s (because I’m impatient and couldn’t wait for shipping), and the classic planner from Amazon.
Okay, maybe craftsyness isn’t actually a word, but I like it so I’m going to continue using it. As I mentioned above, I’m obsessed with The Happy Planner. There are a ton of Instagram accounts dedicated to the monthly and weekly spreads people create. I spent a good 45 minutes yesterday creating the weekly spread in each of my two planners and I didn’t even write anything in them yet. By adding a little art into my organization skills, it makes it more fun for me to track what might otherwise be boring items.
If this is the first post you’ve read from me you should know that I love psychology. So much so, that I not only got my bachelors in it, but I am getting a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology as well. One theory that I have learned about during my graduate studies is Goal Setting Theory, and I think that this theory will really help me with my New Year’s Resolution. Goal Setting Theory is a rather large theory and there are many opinions and schools of thoughts within it, but the main idea is that you set a goal and set out to achieve it. It is also theorized that those who set difficult (yet attainable) goals will do better than those who set east, general goals. The best way that I learned to determine a goal is to set a SMART goal. SMART standing for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely. This means that your goal should be specific (not general), measurable (what will the end-product look/feel like), attainable (not too difficult), realistic (nothing too far-fetched), and timely (set a specific timeline for achieving the goal). I plan on using SMART goals for each of the goals I have mentioned above.
I don’t know about y’all but I have a really difficult time keeping up with daily devotions. I’ve bought books with daily devotions, I’ve found daily Bible reading plans, you name it I’ve probably tried it and boy do I fail at it. This year I am determined to get better at it, and so I am linking my first devo book with my subsequent goals. I got the book Devotions for a Healthier You by Katie Farrell at my church bookstore, but you can find it on Amazon as well. This book has 71 devotions following a short introduction as well as a one week meal plan (complete with recipes). I’m super excited to start reading it!
My SMART goal for daily devotions is that I will ready one devo a day for a year. Once I’ve read the devo I’ll write a quote or thought in my planner about it and at the end of each month I’ll write a blog post about it.
I think a lot of people struggle with eating healthy in today’s society. There are McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants literally EVERYWHERE. I have a Culver’s literally across the street from my apartment and let me tell you the struggle is real sometimes. I’m not necessarily one of those people who eats a lot of sweets or desserts, but I do eat my fair share (probably more than my fair share) of fast food. This is definitely not healthy and it is also expensive. Now sometimes, it can’t really be avoided but now that I will be home more that school is winding down I don’t really have an excuse. I have begun creating menus for the week and posting them on my fridge so that I can look and see what I need to prepare for each day. I have also pinned quite a few healthy lunch options on Pinterest that I plan on incorporating into my weekly meal plans. Part of eating healthier will also include drinking more water, which can be tracked using stickers in my planner!
My SMART goal for eating healthy is that I will eat at home more often by sticking to the menu that I create each week. I will also increase my fruit and veggie intake and decrease processed, junk, and fried foods as well as eating smaller portions. To help keep myself on track for this goal I will write down what I ate for each meal in my fitness/meal tracking planner as well as write biweekly blog posts about my progress and favorite meals.
I will be the first to admit that I am one of those people who has joined a gym in January and then only gone for a month, but I am determined that 2018 will be different. Since my wedding in June I have unfortunately gained some unwelcome weight, mostly due to a very crazy semester and not being able to eat at home very often nor get to the gym. Because my schedule will not be near so crazy I plan on working out more! I’ve joined the fitness program offered by my insurance company, which allows me to visit any of a number of gyms for a great price! Because of this I can now attend fitness classes like Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing, etc., as well as use the weight machines and pools.
My SMART goal for working out is that at the beginning of each month I will print out a few local gym class calendars to determine which classes will work best for my school and work schedule. They will then be put into my fitness/meal tracking planner and when I go to the class/work out I will cross out that item in the planner. I will go to the gym at least 5 days a week for the year. I will also create monthly blog posts about my progress to keep myself accountable.
Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they and how do you plan on staying accountable? I’d love to hear your thoughts!