Yeah, yeah, we hear it every single new year! What are your new year resolutions? What are your dreams and goals for the upcoming year? It all gets a little tired, doesn’t it? After we’ve all over-indulged over the Christmas/New Year period we all tend to make resolutions pertaining to our health and well-being. But what about our other needs? So I have decided not to have any new year resolutions but something along the lines of New Year, New Goals.
I’m going to give up alcohol for an entire month. I’m going to go on a diet and lose weight. I’m going to join a gym and get fit this year. I’m going to give up smoking. We’ve all heard these types of new year resolutions before.
We start with a flourish of dieting, exercising and going cold turkey with the drinking and smoking, but soon peter out before the month’s end. The problem is that it’s a lot to aim for all at once. I would recommend to try one thing at a time, like only drinking on the weekends or gradually increasing your exercise over a few months, rather than going hell for leather.
We also implement these changes in our lives without much forward planning and then realise that dieting and exercising this month is going to be too difficult due to work commitments or a heavy social schedule. So make sure your schedule is clear before you try to cram in more exercise or commence a new healthy eating plan.
I’ve only recently heard of this new phenomenon of implementing a “word” for the new year. What it involves is thinking of a word that inspires you to set goals or make improvements in your life for the following 12 months. For example, if my word was “create” I would set goals around that word, such as maybe taking up a watercolour painting class, setting aside time to paint watercolours and attending art exhibitions.
My word for 2018 is going to be “maintain”. For me that involves maintaining the equilibrium in my life of a good work/life/travel balance and maintaining my present weight and fitness.
So put your thinking caps on and come up with your own “word” for 2018. Who knows where it may take you!
For some people, they like to sit down with their planner or diary and actually set a list of goals for the new year. These goals can be broken down into the following categories:
Under these categories you can then start making dot points of areas that you would like to improve or fine tune for the upcoming year. For example, under education/learning I would like to add: “undertake an outdoor photography course to improve my photography skills”.
Making a plan for the new year is also a good idea. Use your planner or diary to insert all important dates for the next 12 months. Create a financial budget, inserting your anticipated income and expenses for the following year, and find areas where you can trim expenses or increase your income. Then, most importantly, schedule in some travel and leisure that slots into your budget.
Other forms of planning may also involve organising a big event like a wedding, birthday celebration, or birth of a baby; commencing a new job or course; moving house or building a new house; or going on a holiday or caravan trip. For some of these major upcoming events you may need a separate planner to start making notes.
During 2018 I have three major events coming up:
2018 is going to be epic! And for those of you that know me well, no I don’t have any other trips or holidays planned for the year, which is most unusual for me!
So tell me what are your goals or plans for 2018? Do you make resolutions or implement a “word”?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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merry christmas 2017