Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development.
In this year let’s make resolutions together! Sit with your family members and make some resolutions!
Here are 25 of my ideas for you:
1.Take a family vacation once a week.
2.Have a weekly family game night.
3.Do movie night second Saturday of every month.
4.Have a together breakfast every Sunday.
5.Get out each weekend of nice weather.
6.Eat dinner together as a family every Saturday at the dining room table with no TV or phones at the table.
7.Have less junk food in the house.
8.Start buying and consuming more organic foods. Or at least eat healthier.
9.Take walks together at least once a week.
10.Call parents/grandparents once a week to catch them up on everything in our family.
11.Keep phones out of earshot and sight when spending time together.
12.Talk about our days and stresses, and find ways to help each other cope with daily problems.
13.Plan a family reunion.
14.Try to fix things that break rather than jump on replacing them.
15.Do housework together.
16.Keep clean the rooms we are responsible for.
17.Communicate more openly and clearly.
18.Set a schedule for showers so we aren’t dueling over the hot water.
19.Argue less and be more respectful in our debates.
20.Make a family effort to save money.
21.Recycle anything that can be recycled!
22.Start cleaning our house without harmful chemicals.
23.Volunteer our time together as a family one weekend each month to help the community.
24.Find uses for jars and containers instead of tossing them in the trash.
Setting goals together as a family will bring you closer. Work together as a family to better yourselves! The possibilities are endless when you work as a team!
If you want to realize your New Year’s resolution this year, follow these 5 steps by Brad Zomick:
1. Set a goal that motivates all of you
While it’s nice to have some external support, if you don’t share the same passion, the resolution has a small chance of succeeding and could even be dead on arrival.
To do this, you need to make sure the goal you set is important to you and only you and that there is value or benefit for you in achieving the goal. It is these two things that will provide the reason and willingness to take action. This is also known as motivation!
It’s a safe bet if your resolutions align with the following:
- Your goals
- Your priorities
- Your dreams
- Your aspirations
2. Be specific
When it comes to setting resolutions, it’s easy to set bad goals that could lead to poor follow through. Fortunately, SMART goal setting framework can help you craft better goals.
SMART goals are:
- Specific – Articulate the resolution as clearly as possible. For example, quitting smoking is better than being healthy. While “being healthy” is great, the wording can be interpreted in many ways.
- Measurable – Quantify your resolution if possible, i.e. I will lose 10% of my body weight.
- Attainable – Choose a goal within the realm of possibility, but yet challenging. Making 100 friends this year would be amazing, but probably pretty hard to do. On the other, making 10 new friends is doable.
- Relevant – Keep it relevant to your priorities and goals. See motivation section above!
- Time-sensitive – Give yourself a time-frame in which to achieve a goal. A deadline will instill some urgency and provide a time when you can celebrate your success.
3. Break up big goals into smaller goals
A lot of us tend to be over eager and grandiose when it comes to resolutions. We have the best of intentions and may accidentally take on a goal that is too big to achieve. It’s helpful to divide a big goal into smaller goals that are more achievable.
Here are a few tips to help you make your massive goal more achievable:
- Create a list of sub-tasks
- Prioritize and order them
- Use a visual map to display
- Assign milestones to each task
- Decide how much time each task requires
- Allocate resources accordingly
- Focus on the next step, not the big goal
4. Write down your goals
Here are a few ways you can document your resolutions for 2021:
- Write them in a journal
- Draft an email to yourself
- Store in Evernote or some other note-taking tool
- Print and tape to the wall
5. Remind your goals whenever possible
Nowadays there are a million different apps and services to help you follow through on your resolutions. These free tools can help provide a constant reminder:
- Google Calendar: Set a recurring meeting tied to your resolution, i.e. scheduling workout sessions at the gym.
- Google Now: Personal assistant that provides information as you need it.
- Reminders (on iOS): Set up timed alerts for tasks.
- Boomerang for Gmail: Schedule reminder emails to yourself (Freemium).
On top of these commonly used apps, there are also “to-do list” and task management apps that have the ability to schedule reminders and milestones. Here are a few popular choices:
Family is one of the most important, if not the most important thing in our lives. Taking time every day to appreciate your loved ones for all that they do helps us to reconnect as a family.
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