For the last couple of years, Dear Husband and I have made it a habit to take some time out at the last day of the year to recap the one that passed and to talk about what we want for the one that is coming. We make a date out of it and make sure to write down our new goals. This year, we were on holiday over Chanukah, Christmas and New Year, so we just got around to do it a week ago.
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions per se, but do believe that it is not all that bad to make a stop occasionally, think about where you are and where you want to go. Goals do not have to be set in stone and followed strictly, and doesn’t have to be timed for the new year, but I do believe that by defining what it is that we want, it will make it more probable to achieve.
In the last few years, we have mainly focused on setting goals for our individual businesses, but really, why not include other areas as well? So, as well as setting goals to grow and expand my bookkeeping business, I have set goals for myself such as drinking enough water, exercising more, learning new things – both professionally and personally and to read more books.
So as a status after a week I can say that:
I have been better at drinking water – about 8 glasses a day.
I have been out running twice and have exercised 4 times with the “7 Minutes” app.
I have started a bullet journal to keep on track of my tasks.
I have been reading more and watching less TV and Netflix (currently on book number 3 out of a yearly goal of 50).
In the end, I believe that it is about keeping myself accountable for me. If I want new, healthier habits and routines, the first step is to start! If I will keep it up, that is a different story that only time will tell. It is better to try and fail than not try at all (and even better to try and then succeed! ;-))