Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 New Year's Resolutions and Balanced Life Goals for January

My 2019 New Year resolutions will be the same as my 2018 resolutions: pursue good health, better time management, being organized, being positive, and living a balanced life.

Resolution 1:  Continue to pursue good health by keeping all medical appointments, taking my prescribed medications, eating a healthy diet (more vegetables, less refined sugar and carbs), drinking enough water and staying hydrated, increasing my activity levels to build up stamina and strength,  and getting more sleep and rest.

Resolution 2:  Better time management by procrastinating less and attending to things right away and getting them done.

Resolution 3:  Be more organized by decluttering, having a place for everything and  making a habit of having everything in its place.

Resolution 4:  Be more positive by focusing on accomplishments.

Resolution 5:  Maintain a balanced life, by paying attention to all the different areas of my life.

I plan to continue to incorporate them into my Monthly Balanced Life Goals to make sure they are worked on throughout the year.  The monthly balanced life goals are how I plan to implement my annual resolutions.

So, here are my Monthly Balanced Life goals for January:  

Spiritual: (10)   The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive
- Take time for meditation - spend 5 minutes meditating at night
- Cultivate non-attachment - focus on letting go of attachment to material possessions - declutter 31 items
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering

House (9):  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house:
- Take down Christmas decorations and put away
- Focus on deep cleaning and maintaining cleaned areas
- Declutter 31 items
- Continue to sort out the 3rd bedroom, a.k.a. The Dump!
- Make a master list of repairs and renovations that need to be done over the year

Garden (7):
- Maintain (water 2x per week; weed)
- Buy and plant bare root fruit trees - at least 1 peach and maybe another orange
- Plant some winter vegetables
- Paint the front security door - buy paint

Daughter (10):  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her
- Enjoy the rest of her visit home for the holidays
- Daily texts, phone calls, and video chatting, etc., once she goes back 

Family & Friends (10):  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Regular phone calls and emails
- Attend aunt's New Year's Day luncheon - DONE!
- Call and wish Aunt T for her birthday
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at this month's prayer gathering 

Community (7):  The goal is to become more involved in my community.
- Continue to participate in the blogging community 
- Mail the hats to the American Heart Association 
- Visit neighbor S
- Weekly phone calls with neighbor T 

Finances (9):  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose 
- Keep track of spending 
- Review budget and adjust as needed

Health & Well Being (6):  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors
- Continue to work on the following life style changes:
   - better diet - eat more vegetables, less carbs 
   - better hydration - drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water, daily 
   - better sleep habits - get at least 7 hours of sleep/try to go to sleep before 4:00 a.m.! 
   - more exercise - walk 30 minutes 5 days/week

Time Management (8):  The goal is to find a good balance between what I have to do and what I want to do.
- Be mindful of my time and how I spend it 
- Plan my days/balance the "leisure" with "productivity" 
- Implement the schedule my daughter and I came up with
- Procrastinate less!

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time (8):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
-  Mail the red hats I knitted for heart association (first week in January)
- Continue to participate in the winter photo scavenger hunt
- Read the 2 library books I borrowed
- Finish embroidering the 2 T-shirts
- Work on one of my many "works in progress" knitting projects

Anyone else making New Year's Resolutions?  If so, how do you implement your resolutions?


  1. Goodness me, what a comprehensive list. You already have my admiration for being positive and seemingly well organised. If you manage to bring this lot off, you will truly have achieved superwoman status. May I add one more resolution for you - Resolution 6 - Be kind to yourself; celebrate those other intentions that you achieve and refuse to beat yourself up about any that you don't. Happy New Year. X

    1. Thank you, Eloise. I like the 6th resolution! It's what my daughter has been telling me I should do! It is what my 4th resolution is intended to be - focus more on the positives, what I've accomplished, etc., and not on what I didn't do. :)

  2. I've already posted my resolutions and goals update (on 31/12/2018). I'm glad I followed your example and started recording and monitoring my goals (it does make a difference doesn't it), so thank you for setting such a good example.

    1. You posted some excellent resolutions and goals, Eileen. I'm glad you're finding it helpful to write down the goals. :)

  3. Your goals have given me ideas for some of my own. Now to write them down before I forget them. :)

    1. We are going to have a wonderful 2019 with all the goals and resolutions we are making, Live and Learn. :)

  4. Great goals, Bless! I love seeing your goals and how you do. I have mine for this month written down I just have to put them into a blog post and hold myself accountable.

    1. Thank you, Sharon. I just saw your goals post and commented! They are excellent goals and, very doable, I think. :)

  5. I have no resolutions this year, but I do have aims and goals. I am a breaker of resolutions but will actually work toward a goal. Somehow to me it seems less restrictive.
    You are one of the most positive bloggers I read so I am not sure how you can be more positive this year. I am in awe of your gratitude posts daily.
    Wishing you the best year ever!

    1. Thank you, Anne. Goals and aims are good! Whatever one is more likely to keep. :) Wish you and yours a wonderful year, ahead!

  6. I have set several goals for the first 6 months of the year. Depending on how those go, I'll have more goals later. I need to have a time limit, otherwise I tend to postpone things. Not that I don't postpone things even when there's a time limit, but it helps. :)

    I like your resolutions and monthly goals. I chuckled when I read "try to go to sleep before 4:00 a.m". Heheee I think I'll totally do something like that after I retire. :)

    1. I saw your goals post, Nil, and you have some excellent goals. I like having a time limit for goals; it enables one to measure progress, better, I think. Yes, a more reasonable bedtime, for me, is something I need to work on! :)

  7. Yes, I have been "working" at goals for the New Year's and hope to post them soon. I injured my thumb on Dec. 30th (slammed it in the car door) and as a result do not have full range of my right hand yet. I am not doing much of anything these past couple of days, but sleeping a lot. I am pecking out the letters on the keyboard with the pointer finger of my right hand. Hoping that I will be able to recuperate quickly this week, and maybe get to post my New Year's goals.

    1. Ouch! Susan, I am so sorry to hear about you injuring your thumb! That must have been so painful! I hope you recover quickly, but don't try to overdo things! You can post your New Year's goals a bit later. Take care.


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