It's around that time of year when the gym is starting to get emptier as people admit defeat and hang up their resolutions for another year. New Years resolutions just don't work and everyone knows it. And why would they? Setting yourself a target that takes a full year to achieve is setting yourself up for failure. It doesn't take into account how much can change in that year,what else might be going on and how you might change too. An end goal 12 months down the line is just too overwhelming.
Last Summer I had a to-do list the size of my arm in preparation for the baby arriving in October. I felt so overwhelmed looking at how many things I had to do and even the thought of doing all of it just stressed me out. One day I decided to split everything up into jobs and tackle a couple every week. I'd sit on a Sunday night, look at what I had on, what free time I had and what was realistic and plan out what I could do. Having a mini to-do list that was actually achievable within a short space of time was really motivating. When you're just aiming for Sunday, the longer-term goals are out of your mind and don't seem as daunting.
Writing weekly goals is something I've actually stuck to, longer than any of my new years resolutions that's for sure. Since I'm on maternity leave, I suppose it kind of gives some structure to my week and helps me feel organised. Some things on my lists are goals or targets and others are just tasks that I've been putting off.
Here's my list for next week:
1. Lose another 2 pounds
2. Reach 2000 followers on Twitter
3. Reach 1900 on Instagram (help a sister out and give me a follow if you're not already!)
4. Order wooden wall hooks and finally put up my hanging pendant light
5. Write and schedule 3 blog posts for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
6. Join two new twitter chats for bloggers
7. Re-organise the storage in Oliver's room and put smaller clothes up in the attic
8. Give Oliver his bath by 7.30pm every night.
They're all fairly small goals but all achievable. If you've tried making resolutions in the past and they've failed, I highly recommend trying out weekly goals instead. You can still have your end goal in sight, but breaking it down into weekly wins is much more achievable and if you're successful every week it gives you the encouragement to do the same the following week too!
Do any of you write weekly goals? Or have you made any NY resolutions?