The New Year is almost here and it’s the time of the year when people start making New Year’s resolutions! Do you make New Year’s resolutions each year? If so, are you able to keep doing them past the first of February? You are not alone if you find that you have pretty much quit trying to do your New Year’s resolutions by the beginning of February. In the December 29, 2015 issue of U.S. News and World Report, they reported that 80 percent of people who made the resolution to start exercising went back on their commitment by the second week of February.
Why did 80 percent go back on their resolutions? What they found in the report above is that “Unless you first change your mind, don’t expect your health goals to materialize.” But really that can be said of any resolution or goal, not just one involving going to the gym or your health.
In the past when we’ve tried making “big” New Year’s resolutions, we have failed miserably. Looking back it is because we never really changed our mind about the goal or as my Granny would say, we never really set out mind to it.
This year instead of making “big” resolutions, I decided to break them down into “mini” resolutions. Some of them are already habits that I already have but don’t pay enough attention to do. I tell my family I love them but sometimes it is in passing or when everyone is in a rush. I want to make sure I say it at unexpected times. I usually say “Thank you” to people but sometimes it doesn’t always come across like I actually mean it. So I want to pay more attention to putting gratitude behind saying “Thank You.”
Here’s what I’m going to do:
- Get two small containers or jars. Use one for the “To-Do” and one for the “Done”.
- Write Numbers 2-30 out on a post-it. Why just those numbers? Because I’m going to do Numbers 1 and 31 every day.
- Fold the post-its in half and put in the “To-Do” jar.
- Shake the jar and take one Post-It one out each day. Make sure to do it that day.
- Put the Post-It in the “Done” jar.
- At the end of the month switch the lids and do again the next month.
I’m hoping that some of these will soon become a habit and I can take it out of the jar for good. This will mean that some of my New Year’s resolutions have actually become a change in my life which is after all why people make New Year’s resolutions.
Here is my list of 31 Random Mini New Year’s Resolutions.
31 Random Mini New Year’s Resolutions
- Be thankful for the day I am about to enjoy.
- Make sure my family knows how much I love them.
- Drink more water.
- Read at least one article in my website niche.
- Get out of my chair and walk more.
- Pray more for others instead of myself.
- Unfollow negative people on my social media accounts.
- Listen more carefully to what people are saying.
- Say “Thank You” when someone shows me a kindness.
- Start eating healthy foods.
- Growing my Virtual Assistant business.
- Stop looking for the negative in everything.
- Learn to relax each day.
- Help someone at the store.
- Turn my cell phone off during meals.
- Donate to the local food kitchen.
- Take my health more seriously.
- Shut down the laptop and all electronic devices an hour before going to bed.
- Study my Bible and devotionals at least three times a week.
- Start saying “no” to projects when I really don’t have the time to do them.
- Spend more time growing my blog.
- Pay off my car.
- Make a budget and stick to it.
- Don’t compare myself to other people.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Write 3 blog posts a week.
- Smile more.
- Give money or supplies to the local feral cat TNR program.
- Clean out one of my closets.
- Try a new recipe each week.
- Be thankful for another day of living.
Are you making New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, are they similar to any on my list? I’d love to hear some of your resolutions! Leave me a comment about your resolutions!