In order to achieve your goals or your resolutions, it takes a plan. The plan needs to include a timeline and a method to accomplish your goals. (By the way, have you considered setting family goals or resolutions as well?)
Your timeline should be reasonable, the plan very specific. Remember, you can always adjust your plan and timeline if necessary, but without the specifics, nothing gets done and it is hard to stay on task. Let me give you an example:
Let's say you want to make a resolution to have more family time. Decide what you'd like to do with your family. If you have teenagers who are involved in many sports and activities, perhaps making sure you all sit down for dinner together one evening a week. Decide which evening would work well; set a starting date. Make sure everyone is committed and schedule it. Then, "Just do it!"
Here is another example: your resolution is to exercise 3 days a week. Decide what kind of exercise: swimming, aerobic fitness class, jazzercise, yoga, Pilates, basketball, baseball, etc. Do you need to join a club (or, actually go to the one to which you already belong)? Do you need a trainer to help you stay accountable? Do you have the equipment you need? Have you had a check-up to make sure you are fit to exercise? Once you make the decision, schedule it, just as you would an appointment. Actually, think of it as making an appointment with yourself. Set your starting date and do it.
What is working for you?
Next blog we can share ideas on how to keep our resolutions or stay on track.