Bring it on 2018!
Yay!! 2018 is here and it is going to be a kick ass, monumental, joy and adventure filled year!
Every month of my year is mapped out through my Happiness Project and my 18 Goals for 2018 (more on this soon). If you are unfamiliar with The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, start here.
At the beginning of each month, I will post my focus for that month, as well as the tasks I will practice to accomplish my goal.
My hope is that by sharing my journey it will inspire you to invest in yourself, follow Gretchen Rubin’s proven blueprint for happiness, and live the best life that you can.
January – Personal Growth and Energy
- Journal (including gratitude : write down 1-3 things I am grateful for every day this month)
- Meditate daily, even if only for 1 minute
- Work out at least 3x per week. It renews my spirit and gives me energy
- Wake at 8am, Monday – Friday and go to bed by 11:30pm, Monday through Friday
- Take time for myself to recharge (blog, nap, bath, hobby, write, read, journal)
- Keep track of food, sleep and exercise in journal daily
Plan for the Best, Prepare for the Excuse
An important aspect of goal setting is anticipating obstacles and planning actions to overcome them before they happen.
My biggest obstacle is myself. I tend to take on too much and then when I am forced to choose between doing things for others or myself, I always choose others.
I have learned that I have to take care of myself in order to take care of others. If I continue to neglect my own needs, eventually the stress, the worry, the exhaustion, etc… Will overwhelm me and I will be less effective in all other areas of my life.
Life is unpredictable and I know that things will come up and I will feel like I don’t have time to journal, meditate, practice self-care, and work out.
My plans to overcome these obstacles are:
1) Reminding myself that all I have to write is one sentence in my journal. That’s it. There is no viable excuse why I shouldn’t have time to write one sentence.
Spend less time on Facebook, let the dishes sit; the laundry too. Always remember that my own mental health is more important.
2) My meditation commitment is just 1 minute a day. I can meditate anywhere. No excuses here either!
By starting small I can ensure that I have time and that I can succeed in my tasks. Every time I make even the smallest victory, I will become stronger and get one step closer to my goal for the month. When I accomplish my goals, no matter how small they are, I feel fabulous!
3) Working out at least 3 times a week will be, by far, my hardest task. It takes the most time and energy. Getting started is also very difficult for me. I tend to make a lot of excuses for why I just can’t do it today.
My plan for overcoming this obstacle is to make sure I’m doing something I enjoy, like Pilates or Yoga to start with. When I get stronger and working out becomes more of a habit, I will move on to harder workouts that I tend to enjoy less.
By writing down my common excuses and rational responses to them, I can help my logical brain kick in.
I will eliminate excuses like “What will I do with Wyatt?” (Take him to Kids Stuff – he loves it there) and “I’m too tired” (Working out gives me more energy). Also, asking the hubby and friends to hold me accountable when I start to let myself slide will be a big help.
What about you? Have you planned a January Happiness Project? What are the obstacles to your goals and what are your plans to overcome them?