Simplifying New Year Resolutions

As we ring in the new year it is a natural time to think about goals and resolutions for the year ahead.  Thinking about the endless possibilities of ways to improve our health, our finances, our love life- whatever it is that get us excited about change- can be thrilling but a little daunting as well.  Why do most person’s resolutions make an exit not long after their entrance?  In a word- overwhelming.  So what’s the key to seeing them through?  Here are a few tips to help you succeed in 2018.


  1. Have a mini bucket list. Break down large goals into bite size pieces and then even smaller.  I suggest having a weekly and monthly system to check in to see progress.  If an organized home is a priority this year start by going room by room decluttering for a month or so and then go back and dive in a little deeper to really get those cupboards and drawers in shape.  A third step might be investing in some containers to help keep items separate and in their own space.  Bottom line here is take baby steps toward the bigger goal rather than trying to do it all at once.


  1. Celebrate the small wins.  Remember big wins come from small victories.  If getting that body in shape this year is a top resolution, keep in mind that you didn’t put extra weight on all at once and a lot of work goes into losing each pound.  Set weekly realistic goals and find a way to celebrate each time you reach one of them.  


  1. Don’t beat yourself up.  Long term success is the goal with anything you set out to accomplish.  Visualize yourself reaching that finish line but don’t get discouraged if you take a couple steps back along the way,  Learn from your experiences, tweak what you need to caused you to lose focus and then get back in the game.  Small and simple steps make great things happen!


  1. Make a visual aid.  I’m a sucker for motivational quotes.  Whether I’m working on a career goal or a mom goal or anything else I have a quote or five printed off and taped up somewhere close by to help me stay focused. If quotes aren’t your thing you can keep a journal, send yourself a weekly email or tape an index card to your bathroom mirror. 


  1. Have an accountability buddy.  Find someone who will support you in your efforts and love you despite your setbacks.  This can be a spouse, a friend, a colleague, a mentor, a support group, anyone who holds your confidence and wants to help fight the battles with you.  Returning the favor and supporting someone else will likely help encourage both of you along your journey.

Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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