I’m not really a big fan of setting New Year’s Resolutions, mainly because I don’t stick to them, by the time I’m mid-way through January they have usually been forgotten and I find this demotivating, a constant reminder of my poor willpower. But I know that a lot people do buy into the resolutions thing so here’s some my thoughts and some shares from other blogs…..
Creating a Vision Board – this idea was shared by The Up Coming – they suggest we transform our resolutions into a vision board.
I’m actually a really big fan of the technique of projection which this idea is based on, as it helps you to focus in on what’s really important. The idea is that you close your eyes and imagine you are 2-5 years in the future and write down (retrospectively) what you will have achieved. Basically it’s a really effective way to work out what you want to get out of life. Focusing on achievements really strips out the noise and the achievements don’t need to be big things. For me – “I’ll be healthy”; “my family will all be healthy”, etc always makes the cut.
Then once you have this list you sit down and write another list of what needs to change to make this happen, e.g. For me to be healthy I need to start eating more fruit and vegetables, lose some weight, start doing more exercise, etc
Its rumoured that Conrad Hilton kept a picture of the Waldorf Astoria for years as it was his goal to one day own the hotel and this was his way of staying focused on this goal.
The idea of transforming this into some physical manifestation, whether it’s a picture, collage or a decorative list the format doesn’t really matter its more to have something visual to look at as a reminder of what you’re trying to achieve and importantly why. I think this approach has much more value than just setting a few resolutions at the start of the year as you have an end goal that you have visualised and a plan as to how to get there.
I know that a lot of people with young children find setting new year’s resolutions a useful exercise to help their kids get into the habit of setting goals so here’s a few ideas to transform that into something a bit more fun.
Door Hanger – The first idea is actually from Crayola. They suggest creating a hanger for your bedroom door to keep your goals front of mind and it’s a sweet little craft project to keep the children entertained for an afternoon.
A similar idea was posted by Mess for Less – although I suspect their design option may not appeal so much to some
Changing Goals – this idea from Pink Invasion is a really interesting way to get children to think about how their goals change and reprioritise. Its basically a poster reminder but she uses post-it notes to allow her to move goals around, replacing those she has achieved or just changing the order.
Another craft based idea for very young children was shared by Happy Home Fairy – very joyful little design!
and if you’re looking for a few ideas, or some ideas to avoid here are the most common new year resolutions according to Statista