So you hear all the talk about new years resolutions and you’re probably thinking about how every year it seems to be the same thing and you end up giving up on whatever it is that you had set for yourself.
Well, the key is to not think of it as a one-time failure and to make your goals or resolutions realistic. Change is constant, and I’ve found that little changes have made for easier transitions which essentially turnout better outcomes and long-term results. With any change, there is always room for error and progress. And just because you might’ve fallen off the wagon doesn’t mean you can’t get right back up on it and continue!
In today’s post, I’m sharing 7 things that I’ve been doing that have made me more efficient in all aspects of my life; so that you can better yourself not only this year but every year after!
Track Your Time:
When I became a stay at home mom, I quickly realized I needed to set a schedule for myself, not just a routine. The difference between the two is that a schedule allowed me to add time for things I wanted and needed to get done; and a routine is something anyone can easily fall into, with or without purpose…
Take a few days where you’re not leaving the house (if you’re a stay at home mom like me) or a typically scheduled work/school
Depending on what your day to day is like, you might need a few days to see what patterns you’re in but it’ll show you what you might be wasting time on so that you can choose to do something more productive with it. This for me was the key to helping me find time to work on my blog and make sure I got all my errands done.
Here is a blog post I did on how to deal with stress (I often find these two to go hand in hand), I wrote this before I even knew I was pregnant so whether you’re a mom or not – I hope it can help. I also share some of my favorite planners just in case you love seeing everything on paper!
Drink More Water:
So obviously, this is super important to your health since 60% of your body is water, but I can honestly say that after you get into the habit of drinking water on an hourly basis, it gets so much easier! I used to sit at a desk for my old job and so I made sure I had a cup with a straw and constantly reminded myself to take a sip every few minutes for a day or two and before I knew it, I was sipping water mindlessly all day!
This will help your body work better and lose weight! I started to lose weight back then and I absolutely believe it played a role in how I lost all of the baby weight after having Lily.
Learn Something New:
Take the time to feed your mind something that spikes interest just for fun.
I think we all have something we want to learn to do or want to learn about but always say “one day” or “eventually”. And I think a lot of us are past the point of education, but it doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop. And I think that learning something new is an excellent way of stimulating your mind and giving it a break from your daily mental routine.
With tracking my time, I have learned to take advantage of even the littlest breaks I get; driving somewhere, or while nursing my daughter. For a few examples, I listen to a podcast instead of music while I drive, I listen to an audiobook while I’m cleaning, and I do research on my phone while I’m nursing (more specifically for the blog or my future business but this still applies no matter the topic).
When I was younger, I would journal all the time. Not like a diary really, but I would take some time to let out all of my feelings and thoughts. Things that happened, things that were said, or things I hoped for.
I mainly did this when I was stressed or anxious. It let me take all of that off my chest without hurting anyone and being able to read it back really helped me get my thoughts in order.
One of the biggest things for me this year is to be more grateful for what I have. Journaling is not only going to be a way to relieve stress but also a way for me to be thankful. My current Day Designer planner has a spot for daily gratitudes which help me keep track of them for when I go to journal it later on in the week (I talk a little bit about it in the blog post I mentioned above).
Go Screen-Free (even if just for the night):
I decided to test this out for myself a few months ago and I found that it really helped me sleep better at night (even with a baby!).
I started turning my phone off at around 8pm to let it charge overnight. I’ll admit I might’ve had the t.v. on for a little bit more but since I didn’t have my phone right in my hand at all times, it was much easier to get to sleep quicker. I would also get to spend the last few moments of the day in the present with my husband and our baby.
Shutting my phone off helped me “clock out” of all the responsibilities I would’ve otherwise had on my mind for the next day. I noticed that I slept better because I was feeling less stressed and anxious! Because of that, I would wake up feeling more refreshed from better sleep and I would be in an overall better mood.
Spend Time Out In Nature:
For Mark’s birthday last year we went camping (yes we brought our two-and-a-half-month-old with us), and along with being screen-free – as mentioned above due to lack of service and technology – we got to take a breath of fresh air.
We hadn’t been camping since probably 3 years prior to that and it was so nice to be able to “rough it out” for a few days and get to be in the moment with each other. We stayed up all night and talked like when we first met each other (so good for any relationship, btw). We plan on making it a yearly thing with our daughter so she can grow up and appreciate nature too.
I highly recommend this especially if you live in the city, or anywhere you don’t see too many trees, mountains or bodies of water. The principle will still apply wherever you go, whatever you choose to do whether it’s camping, hiking, boating, fishing, surfing, etc…
I debated on even adding this to my list with the whole Mari Kondo thing going around but it has literally been one of the best things I’ve done for myself, and you should do it too!
I discovered her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tyding Up, two years ago and I follow her steps loosely but I still get the job done – this is a book I have on repeat whenever I clean.
Since decluttering my closet and our entire room, I have felt so much better. This was a huge anxiety and stress reliever for me – I honestly never realized how much anxiety and stress I actually had until I got it done. I’ve now even gone ahead and decluttered my daughter’s things too – it’s crazy how many things we think we need for babies!
I suppose a lot of it does have to do with the fact that I’m home all day now and if there’s a mess, I have to stare at it if I don’t clean it up. But seriously, there’s nothing worse… (Do we finally understand what our mom’s felt like???)
I hope you guys are able to take away at least something from this post to try to adapt in this new year! All I know is that I’m so ready for a lifestyle change and I’m determined to make it happen. Just remember that even if you fall off the wagon for a bit – it’ll still be 2019 until after December 31st.
Let me know in the comments what you’re going to stick to this year!