How in the world is it 2019 already?! It feels like it was just January 2018 yesterday (cliche to say but I don’t care because it’s true). The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time passes. With a new year comes resolutions. We all love to sit down on the 31st or 1st and write down what we’re going to change this new year. And time and time again, February rolls around and we’ve already forgotten about all of the changes we promised ourselves we were going to make. I’m the first to admit that I am guilty of this every single year. Which is why this year I’m taking some steps to make sure that I stay true to my word and become the person that I truly want to be. I figured while I’m on this journey, I’d share the one tip that has helped me.
Keep a journal
It might just be me, but there’s something about keeping a journal that helps me stay on track. I write about everything. From my goals to the books I want to read to blog post ideas to how I’m feeling that day or week.
However, this year I’m changing up how I journal a bit.
Not only did I write down my resolutions, but I also broke them down to how I can accomplish those resolutions. For example, one of my biggest resolutions this year is to invest in my business more. Two ways I can do that is to enroll myself in at least 2 courses (whether they be about social media management or writing) and pay someone to redesign my entire blog. This makes it become a do-list rather than a large list of broad things we can change.
Another example is “I want to lose weight.” Okay, that’s great. But be more specific. How many pounds or inches do you want to lose? How quickly do you want to lose it? Break it down. 10 pounds in 2 months? 50 pounds in a year? Quantitative resolutions are so much easier to check off rather than a vague resolution.
With the journal, another great option is to write every week. During your writing sessions, create a to-do list around your resolutions. Want to spend less time on your phone? Add “spend one day off of my phone” to your weekly list. Want to work more? Add “spend at least 2 hours a day working on my business.” That way you can look at the list every morning and know exactly what you need to do in order to get you one step closer to completing that resolution.
I have a lot of resolutions this year and I thought about sharing them on the blog for the first time but the more that I thought about it, the more I want to keep them to myself. I will most likely share my career resolutions and how I plan to break those down in a couple of days and I might even share a photo of how I break down my resolutions to ensure that I stick to them. Would love to hear from you if that’s something you are interested in.
Do you have certain ways that you make sure you stick to your resolutions? I’d love to hear other tips and tricks!
Until next time. Happy new year! XO