It’s New Years’ Resolution time! I have spent the last couple days thinking long and hard about how to structure my life… at least for 2020.
There is so much stuff I want to do, but when I list them all out, I begin to feel overwhelmed. How is one person able to accomplish all these things?
This is where I got creative. For 2020, I have broken down my resolutions into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
I then added a new section called ‘ambitious goals’ – which is completely uncharted territory for me.
In the past, I’ve written about how I think resolutions are a sham. How I resolve to resolve nothing. How we should not wait until the beginning of a year to begin the change we want in ourselves.
To be honest, I still feel this way for the most part, but something has changed.
In 2019, I made several big life changes, and in the course of ‘new and big’ I lost ‘small and steady’ – the good life I had started to build.
Good Changes, and Losing Track
In 2019, I made good changes. I got into a daily rhythm of: meditate, read, write, exercise and eat healthy.
I lost a bunch of weight, found strength in my writing skills, and read about 2 dozen books.
Then summer hit and I fell off the wagon. All of my daily routines changed.
Then I had no routines at all.
My plan was to get back into the swing of things come September, but that was when we put our house on the market.
October we sold, November we moved… and during all this, I was interviewing for a new job (at several different companies).
After much thought, I decided to stick with the same company, but change to a different team.
So now (and to this very day), I have to learn the ropes of a highly technical job.
So no, no routines began. There were no do-overs. No healthy eating. No exercising. No rhythm. No steady.
Well, I suppose moving 2.5 hours north of where we were, and changing careers, are both huge accomplishments.
But all that little stuff I had worked so hard to build, withered away to the obsolete.
I lost parts of myself that I loved. My mental health, and my physical health, suffered greatly.
Overstretching to Be Better, and Missing the Point
Another bad thing I did in 2019 was sign up for several courses with the intent to better my Mental Health ‘career’ as an entrepreneur, and to educate myself on random things.
When my routines stopped, so did my education. Now I have a bunch of unfinished schooling and quests to complete.
Bring on 2020!
This is the year I resolve to get back on track and to finish things I’ve started.
I also resolve to not invest any more money into education courses/quests/programs etc., until I complete all the ones I’ve already paid for.
That’s it. Plain and simple.
- Get back on track
- Finish what I’ve started/invested in
- Do not sign up for more until the first two are complete
When I write it that way, it seems easy. To be successful, however, I had to break things out into lists.
What will I consider to be back on track?
How/what do I need to change in order to feel successful?
At this point, I set aside time for myself to answer this question: when was I the happiest?
Obviously, those routines were important to me. That is when I felt the most accomplished and the most productive. I need to start my day with the routines I had before.
Therefore, my daily goals are to meditate, read, write, and walk 12,000 steps.
You will notice that other than the step goal, there is no quantifying measurement.
Those will come as measurements of success during the weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
Simple Goals, One at a Time
In addition to these four things, I’d also like to give myself daily facials. This seems like a stupid thing, but for 2020, I added it to my daily regime.
Why? Because when I was moving, I packed up about a thousand full size face cleansers and lotions… may as well use them.
Plus I figured that meditating and a daily facial is a great way to start the day.
Every day, I’m going to do these five items. It’s going to happen. No excuses.
Things come up from time to time and I might not make those 12,000 steps, but I’ll make them up in days to follow.
This I track and I’ve already created a good spreadsheet.
Even with all my visits to the hospital in 2019, I still did over 4.6 million steps in the whole year! So for 2020, I know this is doable.
In fact, my ambitious goal will be to hit 5 million steps this year. More on ambitious goals later.
Doing all these daily goals, will lead to weekly accomplishments. I hope to write 2 posts per week and read one book per week, but that’s on the ambitious side.
I will also exercise 3 to 5 times per week.
For the month, I hope to do one quest (these are mini courses to better mind, body, and/or soul) and two crafty projects (generally done with my Cricut).
It doesn’t seem so hard to accomplish when you break things down into manageable bites.
End Goals, Doable Goals
The end goal for 2020, I should have accomplished the following:
- Read 25 books
- Written 100 blog posts (or newsletters or some combination)
- Walked 4.4 million steps
- Completed 10 quests
- Created 25 crafty projects
- Completed 3 courses (a course takes anywhere between 2 and 6 months to complete)
- Lost 52 pounds (and keep it off for the whole year)
- Had 300 facials (a fancy way of saying I washed, exfoliated, and moisturized)
On the ambitious side, I’d like to aim a bit higher but won’t give myself too much grief if I don’t get there:
- Read 52 books
- Written 100 blog posts (AND 20 newsletters)
- Walked 5 million steps
- Created 52 crafty projects
No changes to the rest of the list.
I also have an extremely ambitious goal for 2020, but I’ll talk about that one in a future post. I’ll also talk about some things I didn’t mention on this list in a future post as well.
2020 starts today, and I know where I want my personal time to be spent, and what I want to accomplish.
I will track all my goals, daily, weekly, and monthly and let you know how it goes throughout the year, but most importantly, how all of these things effect my mental health. Wish me luck!
Does anyone else have any goals for the year? Big or small or none at all, I want to know! Email me or comment below.
Wishing you (and me) the best of luck on the days ahead!