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New Year – 3 Tips to Move Forward

How are your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

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Did you make New Year’s Resolutions? Are you progressing? Some unknown person named Jan. 17th as Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day. I don’t think you need to ditch them yet. It takes 30 days to make a habit. If you didn’t get going on your resolutions, it’s okay to get moving forward now. And if you did get going but aren’t moving along, here’s some ideas to re-activate your goals.

Success begets more success.

First, most resolutions are way too big, and you will miss the mark if you just go after the big goal itself. You can usually find several smaller goals within that one big goal. Chunking resolutions/goals down into smaller ones let’s you see more progress. More importantly, you have this sense of accomplishment of the smaller goal, and that makes you want to continue. Success begets more success. For example, your goal to drop 25 pounds won’t happen in one week so you’re smaller goal might be 1-2 pounds a week instead. When you accomplish 1-2 pounds a week, you feel better than only looking at the bigger goal of not reaching losing 25 pounds. When you steadily lose 1 pound a week, that sense of achieving your goal is the motivation to keep going.

Reward yourself.

Second, add another motivator — Take small rewards as you accomplish each step. If you lost 1 pound, have a 1-pound reward. If you organized one drawer, have a reward for that, not just one reward when you organize all your files or your whole office or the whole bedroom – those are bigger goals and get bigger rewards.

Make a list of small rewards that you could take like a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider (vs. your usual coffee), or a sweet treat, or reading a novel for 30 minutes. (Don’t do this last one at work unless it’s lunch time.)

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Chart it

Third, keep a chart of your progress as you accomplish each step. You could use a spreadsheet or even a handwritten list like: Week 1 small goal = 1 pound, and check it off when you have accomplished it. The same goes for week 2, 3, 4, etc. Reward yourself when you accomplish the 1 pound and don’t reward yourself if you don’t complete the small goal.

Make 2019 your best year ever!

When is the Last Time you Took a Break?

“Summer time, and the living is easy”.         ( Sung by Ella Fitzgerald)

          “Summer time, and the living is slow. “       (my words)

 

Summer time.

It is hot outside in the US.  A time when we’re lazier because of the heat, and a time we considered “break time” from age 5-22.      (no school = play time)

 

With the advent of technology, you would think we would have more time.  However, our To Do Lists just keep getting longer,  and    l  o  n  g  e  r

and  ….    l      o      n     g     e      r.

 

We can’t just keep pushing and pushing.  Our minds need a mental break during the day, and our a complete break once in awhile to really recharge.  In fact studies show we can be more productive when we take breaks.  That’s why there are new “break” techniques like the Pomodoro method:  Session: Work 25 minutes, break 5 minutes.  Repeat.   After 4 of these work sessions take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. The whole point is to break up the work day by taking a break.

 

We need longer breaks to really recharge.  It’s something we rarely do.  This could be anything from a week’s vacation to a weekend getaway to just an hour bike ride.

 

 

 

Can’t get away?  So here’s some ideas for you, even if you can’t take a vacation.  And some of these you can even accomplish during your workday.  Take your pick, but recharge yourself!

 

Change Your Scenery.

If you can’t take a long vacation, at least go somewhere that isn’t a store – preferably in nature, even a park or a historic site.  Relax and enjoy the change of scenery.

 

 

Read a novel.   

You don’t have to read it all at once; you can break it up over the course of a week or two.  I often carry a paper book with me (or read an electronic  book on my cell phone) while waiting anywhere:  doctor’s offices, riding as a passenger in our car, or while my husband shops at hardware stores!!!

 

Play your favorite game.

If you don’t have someone to play with you, try a game of Solitaire or even Boggle against a timer.

 

Keep a puzzle book handy. 

I love Word Searches.  I’m not so good at Crosswords or Sudoku, but maybe you are.

I keep a Word Search book in the car at all times; I never know when a few errands with my husband turns into 3-4 hours I didn’t know about.

 

Color or Paint.

Coloring books are now for adults too.  Try one!  And if you don’t want to buy one, pick up a kid’s coloring book.  Or maybe you like to paint – even if it’s paint by numbers or water color. (The joy of being a grandma and having kid’s art activities.)

 

Go for a walk or a hike.

When’s the last time you paid attention to the birds or flowers in your area? Take a walk or hike and consciously use your 5 senses to see the world around you.

 

Be sporty.

Jog, run, swim, golf, play tennis, shoot some basketballs, ride a bike, skate, ski, play baseball or football or soccer, or go canoeing.  (What do you say for Archery – shoot an arrow?)

 

Work on a hobby.  (Somehow that sounds like an oxymoron —  Play at your hobby.)

Do you like to draw, paint, knit, sew, write poems, garden, do woodworking, build models?  When’s the last time you played at your hobby?  (The picture below is my hobby.)

 

Take a nap!!

 

Whatever you choose to do,

take a Break Today —

maybe even 2 or 3 breaks!

 

Comment and tell me what you did to Take A Break today!

And I hope you took some breaks for the 4th of July Holiday weekend!

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