Since January 1st, I’ve read dozens of uplifting, inspiring and fun “New Year/2013 resolution”posts. Haven’t you? They’re everywhere.
The beginning of a new year gets people excited. A feeling of being given another chance to make good on our personal promises gets people talking. They can put behind them those resolutions from last year that didn’t come to fruition and start all over again.
But what sometimes happens a few weeks into the new year way before those great plans have become habits? Life gets in the way. We catch a cold, we go on vacation, we have an overloaded schedule, kids are home sick, whatever.
And we forget. Our resolve dissolves. We figure we’ll catch up next month…except we don’t.
Maybe this scenario doesn’t apply to you. Maybe you get up everyday and accomplish something on your list and at the end of the year you’ve done everything you wanted to do.
How about this scenario, then?
You know those days when those evil voices are banging around in your head making an awful noise? They’re all talking at once.
- “You suck at everything!”
- “You’ll never amount to anything”
- “Finish a project? Ha!”
- “Everyone at your job thinks you’re a dork.”
- “Your new outfit would look better hanging in the closet than on you.”
- “You should be embarrassed to let anyone read your book.”
And you just want to stay in bed all day with the covers over your head.
Both scenarios throw up roadblocks keeping us from following through on a promise to ourselves.
So, what do you do?
STAY IN BED AND PULL THE COVERS OVER YOUR HEAD.
That’s right. Pamper yourself for a day. The next morning you may wake up feeling a little better about yourself, if not anxious to tackle your life list/project/resolution.
How do you get back on track?
1. Forgive yourself for jumping track
2. Revisit your plan and make changes where necessary
3. Lay out all the steps needed to accomplish your project and start with step #1.
4. Let the momentum carry you.
To avoid burnout or self-doubt in the future, try something I practice.
Establish “Me Time”.
This is time you block out just to take care of you. It should be whatever makes you happy, relaxed and peaceful. It could be 30 minutes every afternoon to exercise, a little retail therapy, time to make a healthy breakfast smoothie or 15 minutes of journaling time before bed.
Make “Me Time” happen at least 3 times daily.
Here’s how I use my “Me Time” is:
- 40 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning
- time to plan the meals for my new eating plan
- an 90 luxurious minutes to read before bed.
These are non-negotiable moments for me each day. Nothing interferes.
Me Time allows you a break from work, from the voices in your head, from the feeling of inadequacy. It gives back the pleasure of doing something good for yourself and refreshes your spirit.
It’s okay if “ME TIME” is the only item on your list of New Year resolutions.
Tell me in the comment section…what are your 3 moments of daily, non-negotiable “Me Time”?