Let's face it. Life is busy. You wake up Monday morning faced with endless tasks and responsibilities. By Monday evening you feel as though you’ve already completed three days worth of work. Your main focus now is to simply make it through the week to just reach the weekend, hoping to find that elusive spare second to breathe. But the weekend is so busy you blink and realize it’s Monday morning again and the cycle starts all over. Next thing you know, the weeks turn into months and you wonder where the time has gone.
Now it’s the beginning of the year and there’s much talk of making New Year’s resolutions, but who has the time to add yet another item to the already impossibly long “to-do” list? Is it even worth the effort?
What is a Resolution Anyway?
According to the online Macmillan Dictionary, a New Year’s resolution is a decision that you make on the first day of the year about the things you intend to do or stop doing during that year.
With the best of intentions, many set out to accomplish goals such as losing weight or getting organized, only to let these efforts fall by the wayside a few short weeks or even days after they are established. In many cases, these resolutions were either unrealistic or ones in which the costs simply outweighed the benefits.
With the right attitude and approach, resolutions can be well worth the effort. But what is the right approach?
Reflect before you Set
If you are going to put forth the effort to add any resolutions to your “to-do” list, make sure they are going to work for you. Before setting any new goals, however, think about where you’ve been, where you are and where you want to be.
Take a look in the rearview mirror. Take a look back over the past year. Acknowledge and celebrate your personal and family milestones. Identify the highlights and lowlights of the year.
Take stock of where you are. Determine what is currently working for your family and what is not.
Think about where you want to be. Based on your review of the past and present, are there things you need to change? Do you have any unrealized goals you’d like to accomplish?
Answering these questions will help you identify what matters most to you and your family and assist you in setting realistic resolutions that will help you live more intentionally. Take the steps you need to stop wandering aimlessly week to week and live with purpose. Your family is worth it!