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4 Ways to Keep Things Real in the New Year

By Audrey Thomas, CSP a.k.a. Organized Audrey

The New Year is fast approaching, which means some of you are considering making New Year’s Resolutions. While I don’t partake in this annual movement, I do spend time reflecting over the previous year and choose a few areas of my life in which I want to see change. Whether you declare a resolution or not, it’s important to go into the New Year with realistic expectations. Otherwise, disappointment and stress may be in the picture down the road.

Here are some common resolutions and strategies for reaching success with them in the New Year:

  1. Lose weight and get in shape. This one ranks in the top five every year and for good reason. If we want to live long and age well, we need to take steps to make sure this happens. If you have a lot of weight to lose, the number might be such that it feels defeating on some days. Instead of naming an actual number of pounds to lose, why not commit to other activities that are more within your reach but will contribute to weight loss? For example, set the goal of eating 7 fruits and vegetables each day, walking 5000 steps — a pedometer will be handy here — or removing sugar from your diet.
  2. Spend more time with family and friends. We’re all busy and unless we’re intentional in reaching out and getting a date on the calendar, chances are time slips away without seeing one another. If you’re trying to get 3 or more people together, try using the online tool Doodle to find a date that works for everyone.
  3. Stop smoking. If you smoke, you may have tried quitting many time before and haven’t completely kicked the habit. It may be time to talk to your doctor during your annual visit and get professional help. So be sure to schedule your annual visit and make a note to talk you’re your doctor about quitting. Getting connected to others who have been successful with this will also serve as encouragement to keep at it.
  4. Start showing up on time. Some admit to me that they are tired of showing up late to work, church, their kids’ games, etc. If you can relate, you know it isn’t as easy as setting your clock ahead by five minutes.

In closing, here are some apps designed to help you stay focused on new goals and keep working toward making changes that will help you improve your life.

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