One of the most important things to remember when goal setting, is to make sure that your goals are very specific and are scaffolded (broken down into achievable steps) in a way that helps you achieve them. This is especially true for New Year's resolutions as they are usually related to some important aspect of our life that we want to change. To help you get thinking about your resolutions, I've made a little list of 5 categories of goals/resolutions that might help you set some of your own realistic goals for the New Year.
1. Dietary goals:
A lot of people make the mistake of saying "I'm going to eat healthier" this year. The idea behind this statement is great, but it is really too broad of a goal and that makes it difficult to keep. It is more realistic to look at your current diet and decide one area that you can change. Do you eat too many processed carbs? Then make your resolution that you will replace one of those carb meals every day (i.e. breakfast) with a healthy/natural option. This is a specific and realistic dietary goal, and once this change has become a natural part of your life, you can work on extending the goal to another meal. Likewise, instead of saying "I eat too much sugar, I am not going to eat any sugar this year", try working on one area, for instance, cutting out soft-drink.
If getting fitter is one of your priorities, start thinking about what type of workout will easily fit into your lifestyle. Walking or running are great places to start, or perhaps HIIT workouts that you can do at home with your children are more practical? If you are going to keep your fitness resolution then you will need to find a practical, achievable style or workout that suits you and your family.
If you are already working out regularly then the best way to stay on track is to work towards a goal. Is there a competition or race you could aim for? Be a little daring, you never know what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.
3. Household goals:
I really love this quote:
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" - William Morris
It's personally what I am working towards but I know firsthand how hard it can be to make that a reality when you live with other people (especially children who love to collect odds and ends and random papers, and bits of rubbish and the list goes on), but I think by keeping this quote in mind, it really helps us to declutter our homes by being mindful of the things we bring into (or keep) in our homes. It can be hard to overhaul our whole home in one small period of time, (and it can be daunting to set the task even for the whole year), so try breaking down your goal into decluttering and organising specific areas of your home in smaller time frames. Perhaps aim to organise your children's wardrobes or your linen cupboard over a few weekends within one month, or even just do one shelf per weekend if you are really time poor. If you simply do not have enough room in your home, then perhaps take a look at storage solutions like Fort Knox Storage for those things that you don't need on a regular basis. Little by little you can make some fantastic changes to your home.
4. Education goals:
I really believe that we should never stop learning, and this can be an area that really gets pushed aside when we are busy mamas. These days though, learning is becoming more accessible to us thanks to the internet, online courses and downloadable books. Try and include one learning goal in your resolutions this year, even if it's just to read a new book on a topic you find interesting.
5. Personal goals:
This category is more to do with personal growth. We all have one of these personal goals that we know we should work on and I'll let you fill in this space with whatever goal it might be. I know my goal for this category will be something to do with mindfulness and staying in the moment rather than allowing myself to get too caught up with being busy and in turn becoming stressed. Personal goals are just that, personal. It's something you may not want to share with anyone else so it can be hard to keep as you aren't accountable to anyone. One tip for keeping these goals is to keep them realistic, break them down into smaller steps if you are able to and don't be too hard on yourself if you slip up. There is always tomorrow, just remember why you made the goal in the first place and get back on track as soon as you can.
So hopefully this gives you something to think about before the New Year rolls around. Let's all make the goal to set some realistic goals this year. I'd love to see you reach your potential and achieve your dreams..