Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year! Normally I do not make resolutions, but this year I am all gung-ho and have a plan (that I just thought of 30 minutes ago, but anyone who has met me virtually or otherwise know my best plans are those created on the fly!) I will tell you all about it tomorrow…but read on to see why I am making New Year’s Resolutions in the first place.

I recently posted my blogging traffic summary from the year 2013, and a few things happened. First, I was disappointed at how much my traffic dropped. Then I realized it was because I had been burnt out on blogging reviews and had been trying to go more evergreen. However in the process, I got overwhelmed with life, kids in school, husband in school and everything else that goes with it. I lost my passion and instead of going to play with my hobby all day, I ended up dreading going to work. I was tired of doing the same ol’ thing and I barely even participated in my own blogging promotion groups. I needed a fire and knew it was my own fault for my pageview decline. Now, I was left with the question, “How do I get back into the groove?” I knew I had it in me. Shoot I built this blog up fairly quickly with my first creative burst of fire, so if I could just find it again; but how?

Finding the creative spark
Finding the creative spark can be as easy as opening an email

Today a spark from Michelle Shaffer popped up in my Gmail titled, Zap Blogger Burnout and Get Your Mojo Back! It’s a great read! If you are where I was (not there now – CAUSE IT WORKED), take a gander and join us! I am doing 31 posts in 31 days, and hopefully, I will get a renewed sense of my love of writing, sharing and being in this awesome space (but we know I really just want the badge!!)

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So this brings me to my New Year’s Resolutions and How To Advice on How To Keep Them! According to Time, New Year’s Resolutions are bad for you. They say only 8% actually complete them, usually from unrealistic expectations, lack of a plan or belief of a magical transformation. I know better! Anything worth doing takes work, and while I wish a magical fat-erasing fairly would visit my booty tonight, I know I still have to watch what I eat and exercise to really lose the weight. By taking the same attitude to my blog, I needed a plan so I could keep my New Year’s resolutions throughout the 2014 and not become a resolution failure statistic.

Keeping your New Year's Resolutions

My No-Fail Plan On How To Keep Your Resolutions

1. Identify your resolution. If you don’t know what your resolutions are, no need to learn how to keep your resolutions right? Write down or say aloud what is wrong, what you need/want to be change, and most importantly make sure you are capable of changing it. I do not want to set myself up for failure, so you should not either. Whether you are trying to lose weight, stay organized, quit smoking or start something new make sure it is a possibility!

2. Create a plan on how to accomplish your resolutions. Make sure you set a series of short and long term goals with attainable deadlines. Write it down. Be flexible and allow your plan to change as you go. Flexibility is key when things do not go just as planned and you can continue on an alternate path to your goal instead of just giving up.

3. Be accountable to a checklist, another person, or a group. Checking in to another or even just to yourself will help you keep your resolutions. I know when I was younger and my mom told us to do our chores, we would do them only when we had to check them off a list. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and it also helped me to see I was one step closer to the end!

4. Celebrate your milestones as they come. As you reach your short term goals, celebrate! You can do something as simple as make a Facebook milestone or go out to dinner, buy yourself a treat, or make yourself a milestone badge!

5. Don’t give up on yourself. The reason why you made a resolution in the first place was because you saw a need for change. If you failed, keep going. Do not view it as a failure, but a temporary break like a “life lunch.” If you stopped for 11 months, start again in December. It is never too late to begin even if you do it forty times. The forty-first try just might be the one that takes!

Sample Resolutions For The New Year

The widget above is my starter collection of the organizational calendars I have found for 2014. You can view them and follow the links to where they are on my Pinterest Board, Organizational Calendars for 2014.

  • I am going to be tone, exercise more and eat healthier meals. I will walk three times a week. I will exercise to tone twice a week.
  • I am going to be more organized in my home. Each week I will thoroughly clean and organize a new area. I will try a cleaning calendar. I found a pretty cool schedule at Clean Mama. Here you can download the January 2014 Cleaning Calendar, but check out her site to get the whole schedule and more organizational tips.
See cleanmama.net for the complete year and more organizational printables
See cleanmama.net for the complete year and more organizational printables

I have created a system I will be using to reach my New Year’s Resolution of increasing my blog traffic while improving the content. I will share this process with you over the next few days as I work on the Ultimate Blogging Challenge.  Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Do you have any tips or tricks on keeping your New Year’s Resolutions in the past?

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m going through a bit of a burnout period myself. I realize that I have been trying to do to many things at once. Hopefully, the new year will bring the renewed focus and inspiration that I need.

  2. No resolutions here, but I totally understand the bloggy burn out. I think it happens to all of us at times. I am glad to hear that you have a plan, and can’t wait to see what you share with us in 2014

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