How to Create Your New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again!

We all know all too well the staple New Years Resolutions that people tend to make, i.e. lose weight or get fit, save more money, get better grades, etc. But why? Sure, these things are always a nice improvement to make in our lives, but they become such standard resolutions that they stop inspiring us pretty quickly.

I think that the best way to form New Year’s Resolutions that are more tailored for and personal to our own lives, is to create a sort of mind-dump that you can then organize into categories that help form goals best suited for you and your lifestyle.

Here are some tips on how to do just that! Grab a pretty notebook and your fave pen, and let’s get started!

STEP 1

Write down things that you want to do. Anything. For example, I want to run a successful blog. I want to be able to call myself a yogi. I want to find something creative or artsy to do in my free time. I want to do something creative with my studies in school. I want to bullet journal….

Literally just ANYTHING you want to do. Write all of it down, anything that comes to mind, even if you don’t know how you will ever do it or when.

STEP 2

Make 2 lists. One list will be of things that you do ALREADY that inspire you, give you energy, or put you in a good mood. Then, make a second list of things that you currently do, that drain you of energy or tend to ruin your mood.

STEP 3

Now, obviously, make it a goal to spend more time on the things in your first list, and limit time as much as possible on things in your second list! Also, think specifically about what it is within your positive list that makes you happy and gives you energy. What do they have in common? Try to align your goals with the characteristics of these items that inspire you!

STEP 4

Create a plan to achieve these resolutions. This is the most important step, but especially for New Years Resolutions, it often gets skipped. Even if you normally make plans to achieve your goals, sometimes this gets overlooked for NY resolutions because we expect ourselves to magically change with the arrival of 2017. Or, we wait until the New Year has come to realize we forgot to make a plan, and have to spend extra time constructing that! Make your plans and timelines now so that you can jumpstart your new year immediately.

WHY ‘WHAT GIVES YOU ENERGY’?

When I talk about things that give you energy, I mean anything that brightens your mood, makes you feel motivated or inspired, or makes you feel productive or accomplished. I think that this is the ultimate motivation to consider in everything we do. I really, really, REALLY want to be more consistent on this blog, but I seem to have a problem with actually exiting Youtube/Pinterest/etc. and writing a post, creating a graphic for my post, etc. I just never feel like doing it!

But, when I reflect on the fact that when I actually do these things that I dream of doing, they give me energy. I feel like I have accomplished something and like I am headed in the direction I have been dreaming of heading in. Does that make sense? If I do sit down and do the task even if I don’t feel like doing it in the moment, I will ultimately feel energized and accomplished, motivating me do it over and over again! This is why I think it is best to focus your goals on things that give you energy.

I hope these tips will help you (and me) create the most personalized and productive New Year’s Resolutions possible, and actually see them come to light in 2017!

I would love to hear any resolutions or goals that you have now and/or for the new year. I am always looking for more ideas to improve myself, so I’d love some inspiration from you!

I plan on returning the favor with another post highlighting my main resolutions and the steps I plan on taking to achieve them, and some other things I’d like to see happen in 2017.

I hope this helped you, and happy holidays! 🙂

-Jaycee

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