Resolving not to Resolve

Every year, 45% of American adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions. Only 8% of those people are successful in keeping their resolutions. The top resolutions probably won’t surprise you: weight loss, exercise and stopping to smoke. While most people break their New Year’s resolutions, it has been shown that making resolutions or goals (writing them down, telling someone, plastering them on Facebook, or blogging about them) will help you keep them.

Growing up, I would make resolutions. They were probably silly and I honestly don’t remember what they were, or if I kept any of them. In the past several years, I just haven’t made any. I figure, if I don’t make any, I won’t fail keeping them and end up in that 92%.

Recently, I read a blog ( about keeping weekly goals. They are specific for that week and fit into categories.

Family/Mothering Goals

Personal Goals

Home Management Goals

Business Goals

I have started to make these weekly goals. I did great for the first two weeks of January, then we left for Orlando and it all went out the window. Time to get back on track. Under my personal goals, I split them into: Spiritual, Physical Activity and Me Time. I’ve also tried to keep my goals small. I tend to set big goals and there is no way I can accomplish 10 of them in one week.

I also added a monthly goal. January’s goal was to organize my organization. (Yes, a little crazy.) February’s goal (Well, there are two. I told you I’m not good at keeping them small.) is to take back our master bedroom (more on that later). The other goal is to get Fit in February. (Catchy, right?)

We’ll see how my resolutions . . . I mean goals are going six months down the line. For now, I’m taking the small steps and it’s working, fun and exciting.

One thought on “Resolving not to Resolve

  1. I found that monthly goals that focused on a particular trait that I wanted to improve on was the best way to keep my resolutions. A couple of years ago I wanted to work on my fear of failure. So my goal was that each month I would try something that I thought I might like to do despite being afraid of failing. I really don’t have a fear of failure any more (hey–we all make mistakes), and I found new hobbies and fun things to do (and some that I thought I would like, but didn’t after all). Plus the sense of accomplishment at the end of the year was awesome. 🙂

    Last year I tackled procrastination (one big project per month that had been on my “to do” list for over a year). I got a lot accomplished (although I still have a long way to go).

    This year is smaller. I’m tackling my attempts at “escaping.” This has been harder for me as it is so easy to get sucked into things and ignore everything around me. My goal is one thing for someone else that is helping them that makes me go out of my comfort zone. It can be small or big. I’m not on FB as much now, so I count that as progress. 🙂

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