There’s something about the limbo period between Christmas and New Year that gets people in the reflective mood. What have you done with your life? You can’t even recall what day of the week it is let alone what you did in January! So we start thinking about the upcoming year and changes we’d like to make. I’m no different! However, as the word ‘resolution’ is becoming synonymous with ‘unrealistic after January’, I’ve gone for Hopes, Goals and Plans for the New Year. Catchy!
I have written down quite a few of these. Don’t worry I won’t list them all. They are mostly along the lines getting more organised like better scheduling and planning of meals, household chores, social media posts, blog posts, me time etc.
However, I quickly realised that one of my main obstacles is failure to use my time wisely. I’m not talking about planning my life rigidly, though this works for some, but knowing when I’m at my best to carry out a certain task. My mantra for the year is:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
I’m hoping that with this at the back of mind, I might just pause scrolling through my newsfeed and read the Bible for a few minutes, take out tomorrow’s dinner from the freezer, or whip up a quick graphic for a last-minute event.
Husband is also charged with reminding me of this when I stray and I promise not to bite his head off! Well not all of it.
These are events I’m looking forward to where arrangements have already been made in advance or are positively in the pipeline. Among them are:
A “just before summer” holiday in Europe! We’ll be driving with a very small baby so that’ll be interesting to say the least.
Visit from family I haven’t seen in years as they’re in a different continent! I can’t wait and I’ll probably regress to my childhood ways so there’ll be 3 babies in the house instead of 2.
In life, there are events or situations where we cannot possibly prevent the outcome by our actions alone. That’s where hope comes in and lots of prayer. I do have a few of these but this one is up there:
Safe delivery and quick recovery so I can run around after 2 kids under 2! Eeek!
Thinking about it, my hopes aren’t the only thing I have no control over. I can only do so much goal setting and planning so prayer will be involved in everything!
Setting goals is important but so is the reason behind the goal otherwise there may be very little to keep you going when it gets tough. I’ve already started working on mine so I’m either really motivated or keen! And there’s nothing magical about January 1st right?
Regular checkpoints can also be really helpful (I’m not talking about those pointless meetings at work haha). It’s a way to track your progress and maybe scale your expectations so if things aren’t going too well. Some do this mentally, using a checklist, setting up a regular reminder, joining a group of like-minded people or buddying up with someone who spurs you on. My current accountability buddy is my husband – it’s an experiment but hopefully we’ll still be married afterwards!
I won’t beat myself up too much if I don’t achieve most of my goals as long as I’ve grown in some way as a Christian, Wife, Mother and Human Being.
Have you thought about goals and plans for next year? If so, how do you intend to stay motivated?