My New Year’s resolutions always fall by the wayside after about a week. School starts, my work schedule gets back on track and I forget all of the things I was going to do to accomplish a lofty goal that is probably too big for me to do anyway. So this year, I made resolutions that I could actually keep. Nothing major like dropping 40 pounds in a month or giving up cake — that would just be cruel on so many levels –but little things that take almost no effort but give me a sense of accomplishment. These easy and manageable resolutions may not seem like much, but in the long run, they really matter.
Do a Day of Kindness Once a Month
During December, I see posts on social media about people buying other people’s coffee, people volunteering to feed people who need it and more. The acts of kindness during the holiday month are at an all-time high. Come January, though, we all seem to put it on the back burner until next December. This year, I want the acts of kindness to continue. So I plan on buying a cup of coffee, helping an elderly woman load groceries into her car or volunteering at a pet shelter one morning a month. These, and any other act of kindness, take little to no effort on my part but may make a huge difference to others. It also keeps that good feeling of helping others going all year long.
Save a Dollar a Day
Yes, money management is always on the top of the resolutions list, but it’s hard to make changes all at once. Spending habits are just that — habits. So it takes more than a promise to change them. It takes a lot of effort. Usually, when I make money resolutions, I fail. Not because I don’t need the change, but because I often expect results too quickly. So last year I put a jar in my kitchen and before I went to bed, I put a dollar in it. I would bet a lot of us have a dollar between change and pockets to do this daily. By the end of the year, you will have $365 to spend on the holidays or to save in the bank. Watching it grow is amazing and it is a daily reminder to watch my spending habits, too.
Play a Board Game a Week with the Kids
I honestly admit that I get so busy with school, work, the house and chores that I feel like I go weeks without sitting down and spending non-screen time with my kids. So late last year I added “game night” to the family calendar. No electronics are allowed. We grab the cards, a board game and even arts and crafts and spend a minimum of an hour around the table just being a family. Different than eating a meal together, the games offer laughter, fun and mommy’s undivided attention. I have noticed that my kids seems happier and more apt to listening and engaging in conversation. One hour a week of true family time is a resolution that should be easy to keep.
Whatever you want to accomplish this year, make sure you have something that will be easy for you to keep up. Your resolutions should be positive things that add happiness to your life and eliminate the disappointment of failure. At the end of the year, they will be habits and you will wonder how you ever lived without them!