My New “New Years” Resolution

Every year, I decide on a New Year’s Resolution (or 10) and every year, most if not all are forgotten or set aside by the end of the month.  This year I’m going to go about things a little differently.  Rather than setting goals for the entire year, then trying to remember them (I can admit it, I have complete and lasting mama brain), I’m gonna make Monthly Resolutions.  They say if you consistently do something for 20 days, it becomes a habit.  So this year, we’re gonna put that to the test.

By nature I am an unorganized person.  You couldn’t tell if you walked into my day job, but my home is generally unorganized chaos.  Unorganized chaos + 1 toddler + 1 husband + new blog does not make for a sane mama.  This brings me to January’s Resolution: Consistently Schedule and then Follow Through.  Actually that’s two resolutions, but they go hands in hand – you can schedule all you want but if you don’t follow through, it ain’t gonna happen!

Right now my days usually just happen.  By that, I mean I try to wake up a little early for some me time but sometimes that doesn’t happen, so I’m usually scrambling to get the morning chores done before I have to wake up Little Miss and get her ready for the day.  As my day’s are right now, I have very little time to work on my blog; the best time is before everyone else wakes up but if I’m feeling lazy and sleep a little later, I lose out on valuable time.  There is definitely room for improvement in my current “schedule” Thanks to my mom, that is about to change!  One of the gifts she sent me for Christmas was a planner which I’ve already put to use for this blog.  I am a very visual person so if I have something to look at everyday and check off then I’m more likely to stick with and follow through on whatever I’m doing.  I’m also gonna try breaking my days down a little more than, wake up – go work – go home.  Here’s a sample of what I’ll be scheduling my days to look like:

5:30-7 a.m. – Me time

7-7:30 a.m. – Prep for the day, make lunches, do the morning chores

7:30-8:30 a.m. – Wake up Little Miss, eat breakfast, brush teeth, start-up the truck

8:30-9 a.m. – Drive time

9-5 – Work (1 hour lunch, playtime w Little Miss)

5-5:30 p.m. – Drive (if I have to go to the store drive time gets pushed back to 6-6:30)

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8 p.m. – Bath and bed prep

8:30 or 9 p.m. – Time to relax with the hubby, take a shower and hit the hay.

What do you think about Monthly Resolutions rather than Yearly Resolutions?

8 Replies to “My New “New Years” Resolution”

  1. I love this idea! New Year Resolutions can be overwhelming! Monthly ones make it more manageable!

    1. Thanks! I was thinking the same thing and always have such a hard time keeping yearly resolutions.

  2. I love the idea of “me time” in the early Am! It helps the day begin positive!

    1. Lady you’re the one who taught me this trick!

  3. Love it! The story of my life is consistently schedule then follow through…. What I love is your “Me Time”!!! I am so happy you are doing something you truly love – writing!

    1. Thanks! That’s something I’ve struggled with lately, and since I’ve started scheduling things I’ve actually been getting things done! 😀 I’m pretty excited to be writing again!

  4. Scheduling has always been difficult for me, as the unexpected of every day life throws me off my schedule. I Then find myself trying to keep up with my “schedule”, which becomes worrisome. Taking minute by minute and adjusting to my here and now, works better for me. Planning is good for some, and maybe it will work out for you, but please remember that your life doesn’t have to be planned…live every moment to “nth degree” and if your “behind or ahead of schedule”, it’s ok…..You may find play time with baby girl at 2:00 a.m.; you may find hubby time at 12:00 p.m.; you may find you time at 6:30 p.m…..take it!!!!!! You only live once….don’t limit yourself to what is unlimited! Enjoy baby girl…..time will move quickly and I don’t want you to miss a moment because your planning……. Love you!

    1. Scheduling is hard for me as well! My planner isn’t written out hour by hour; writing the article was me trying to set a general average weekday plan- things come up and plans rarely work out the way you’d like, but this is a starting point to help me get a better grip on the chaos of my life. And I agree, spending time with the family is way more important than anything I have scheduled! I’ve mainly started using a planner and scheduling things hold myself accountable, stay on track and to make sure I don’t neglect this blog and forget the goals I have for it. My “me time” in the morning, where I’m sitting here working on this blog at 6 a.m. has been almost therapeutic. I spend so much time focusing on others that lately I’ve forgotten about myself and if I want to keep my sanity, I’ve got to spend a little time on things I want to do :-). Love you too!

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