Many people use the New Year as a time to make changes. Resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, cut out a bad habit, take up a new hobby. These resolutions are made with the best of intentions. The New Year is a time for change. A time to be reborn in some manner.
Sadly, many of these resolutions don’t make it past the first two weeks in January.
With this in mind, I decided to take a different approach this year. Instead of making resolutions that last an entire year, I decided to make monthly resolutions. It can be overwhelming to take on a large task such as changing your entire life. Many people fail their resolutions for one of two reasons.
- Procrastination. Knowing you have an entire year to make a change, you might put it off until you either forget about it, or run out of time.
- Stamina. Say you do get started on that goal on January 1. Are you really prepared to make that a lasting habit? Oftentimes, the answer is “no.
So, with this in mind, I decided to break my resolutions down into monthly “themes.” The theme or goal changes with each month. My hope is that by December 31st, 2017, my life will be forever changed for the better. Each month, I focus on one specific idea. This way, by the end of the month, this goal has become more of a habit and I’ve accomplished something to better my life.
We’re in February now, and I’ll do a follow-up post going over my February goals in the next few days. However, I’d like to start off by talking about my January goals.
For January, my theme was “Cleanse.” (Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of cleanse.)
My life in general has been weighing me down, especially in the last few months. With that in mind, I decided I needed to begin to get rid of the things and people that no longer had a place in my life. I’ve spent the last month going through items in my home, people in my friend’s lists, and junk in my phone. Donate. Delete. Uninstall.
So, how did I do on my goal?
I’ll be the first to admit, I could have done better. I feel as though there is always room to cut some extras. However, I currently have a car full of boxes that need to be donated to a local thrift store. My friend’s list could use to lose a few, but I’ve unfollowed several people that were giving me anxiety from their constant negative and judgemental attitudes. While my phone still has way too much music, I did delete a ton of pictures and gifs that were unnecessary in my life. I also deleted my old twitter account and created a new one. I deleted my old blog that hadn’t been updated in well over a year.
All in all, I feel better about life. As the months continue on, I hope to work even harder to get unburied in life and create a sense of organization.
How about you? Tell me about your resolutions or goals for this year. Have you made any progress so far?