Goals need time

I am currently lying in wait. 

When I have unscheduled personal time and I feel the desire to fill it, I wait.  I wait because the feeling to populate my schedule will pass after 10-15 minutes.  Waiting keeps me from having a merry-go-round life; it provides time to contemplate why I want to fill my schedule.  If the reasons are “because I can” or guilt, then I don’t do it.  Just because I have unscheduled time doesn’t mean I need to fill it.

When the first of the year approaches and I’ve had several days off, I want to set resolutions.  But I make myself wait.  Returning to work is difficult after Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I also focus on returning to regular meals and surviving without cookies.  Returning to work and regulating my eating are enough for the first week of January.  There is no need to add on meal planning, cycling class and time to meditate.

If you didn't set goals for the new year this is the perfect time to do it.  If you did, try my idea below to continue with your success.

New year’s resolutions are motivated by a desire for quick results.  Results are not quick, but you can be quick about your goals.  I recommend setting a timeline on your goal that is short.  “I will eat 3 servings of vegetables a day for 14 days in a row.”  Then after that, assess how it went and determine whether it was worth the effort and you want to try it for another 14 days. 

Establishing a timeline for your goals is one way to acheive success.  There are a lot of factors to consider when setting goals, but the past 6 months I have realized that attaching a reasonable (and short) timeline to the goal equals success. 

Hope Wood