Just a few days ago many of us made New Year Resolutions. All over the world people make promises to themselves. Just a few weeks, perhaps even days, later, almost most of us has forgotten our promises. Life goes on. Nothing has changed.
How can we make New Year Resolutions last? First of all we have to be realistic. If we continue doing things the same way we always have made them, it will never change. We need to look at 2015 as a starting point. We need to create new habits. It’s also important to ask yourself what’s stopping you from making your New Year Resolutions last? It could be lack of time or inspiration. Anyway, those reasons keeps us exactly where we have been for years, so we need to understand what keeps us there to be able to find ways to get around the problem.
For me a schedule is of most importance. When I really look at my life I can actually find ways to create my new habits. I can’t do a a simple schedule: I’ll exercise at 6 PM every day. Then I’ll only end up reschedule it for the next day, and the next, and the next… No, I make a really detailed schedule. First I look exactly what my life looks like. When do I go to bed, eat, go to work and so on. I also make sure I write my son’s schedule. What he does will most definitely affect my schedule,
|6-7 AM||Make breakfastCheck my son’s schoolbagMake myself ready||Sleep|
|7-8 AM||Make sure my son gets ready for schoolTake care of the catsMake the kitchen tidy if there’s time
Go to work
|Go upEat, get dressedGo to school|
|8-9 AM||Start working||School start|
This was just a short part of my day. Looking at it I can see where I actually could have time to make the changes I want to do. For example: if my son makes his own schoolbag and I check it to make sure he didn’t forget anything in the evening I suddenly have more time during the morning. Then I could start to do visualizations. If I give my son more responsibility and have an alarm on his mobile I will have the time to clean some before work – then I will have created some free time after work.
I can also see if I need to do other changes. Am I getting enough sleep? When does my son his have after school activities and how do I make those days work? Where do I spend a lot of time – that shouldn’t be necessary? I have a very tired son in the morning. I’m constantly checking him to make sure he isn’t thinking of other things and forgets to eat, get dressed and so on. If I let the alarm clock make a sound to reminding him to get read, I’ll get a lot of extra time to do other things. At the same time he won’t feel I’m bossing him around every morning. It’s a win, win situation.
Here’s my new Schedule:
|6-7 pm||VisualizationsMake breakfastMake myself ready||Sleep|
|7-8 pm||Make sure my son gets ready for schoolTake care of the catsMake the kitchen and living room tidy
Go to work
|Go upEat, get dressedhave the alarm on the mobile so he know when he’s late and when it’s time to go to school|
|8-9 pm||Start working||School start|
Good luck with creating a schedule that will help you keep the promises you made to yourself!