We rang in 2016 about 48 hours ago. As goes with this time of year, many out there have posted their New Year’s Resolutions, and most will falter on completing them. Why make resolutions when you can commit to Good Things and Goals?
In January 2015 I decided to do a “Good Things” Jar. This is a jar that whenever something nice happens, it can be something as simple as a beautiful sunset to something much more complicated, but whatever it is it is something good that happened to you. Jot it down on a piece of paper, date it, and drop it into the jar.
The official instructions tell you to open the jar on New Year’s Even and read all the notes that you have in it, then put them back into the jar and save it so you can always pull those notes back out in the future if you choose. I did a modified version of those instructions.
I filled my jar with lots of good things, which was a double bonus because it was also the last year my husband was alive. What I did is on New Year’s Day I opened up my jar and took out and re-read all those notes and attached them to scrapbook pages with a few photos to add points of interest. I am now re-using my empty jar for 2016.
I also decided that rather than have New Year’s Resolutions I am going to have monthly goals. I will re-set my goals each month, and they can be repeating goals or things that are new. What this does is provides short-term focus, mini accomplishments and the ability to re-evaluate the goals on a monthly basis to assist with motivation.
My start-up goals for the month of January are to follow my diet beginning on Monday, January 4th, work on organizing my house at least three times a week with a minimum of two hours each session. Clear the area around my exercise machine so I can use it, read at least three books per month and work on photographs (processing, uploading, etc.) at least once a week, and work on the preparations for the Celebration of Life in honor of my husband at least two times a week.