I think I must be the only blogger alive who hasn’t recorded a list of New Year’s Resolutions or a Word of the Year. I had intended on doing one or the other, but life got in the way. And now it’s February.
Of course, there are things I want to tackle this year. So I’ve decided to concentrate on them one at a time. I’m definitely an all or nothing kind of girl. I often take on far too much, so tackling one thing at a time could well be the key to achieving my goals. The main one being making 2017 a great year, thanks to my very own Happiness Project.
Throughout the year I’ll tackle one thing each month. Each item on my list will have the ultimate aim of creating happiness. Or at least making my life that little bit easier or healthier. And to take it a step further I’ll be breaking down my Happiness Project into 90 day chunks, instead of listing everything I want to achieve this year all in one go.
I first discovered the 90 day planning technique from Aby at You Baby Me Mummy and it’s one that resonated with me. I initially thought about it in terms of weight loss. You know what it’s like when you have a goal in mind which seems insurmountable? Say for example you want to lose 6 stone in a year. Sounds like a tall order and one that many people wouldn’t be able to achieve, me included. But break it down into manageable chunks, aiming for a loss of 1 1/2 stone every 3 months and you have something you can aim for.
Although I will be using a 90 day plan to tackle my weight loss, I thought it would be a great way to break down my goals for the year and its worked its magic so far. Here’s what I’m aiming to tackle in the first quarter of 2017:
I don’t mean a complete switch off from social media, more a decluttering of my online space. An odd one to start the year off with perhaps, but it was something that had really started to grate on me towards the end of last year. And following my redundancy at the beginning of the month, I decided January was the time to create a divide between my work and personal life online.
Having had my fill of political events and horrendous news stories from around the world, it was time for me to switch off from it all. Some might call it burying my head in the sand. I look at it as saving my sanity. I know these things are going on, but I choose if and when to read about them. The same goes for marketing emails, annoying acquaintances on facebook and my clogged up laptop.
Hardly the highlight of my year. Well let’s hope not. But this rather boring job has had a positive impact on how I spend my time online, so it’s had the desired outcome.
Find out how it went here.
February will see me tackle what I eat. I’m a sucker for sweet stuff, takeaways and anything encased in pastry and this needs to change. I have set a 90 day goal just for my weight alone, but it’s this month on my Happiness Project that I will address my eating habits.
I’ve been overweight for about 15 years. Pretty much since my daughter was born. Loneliness, boredom and post-natal depression consumed me and I attempted to eat myself to happiness. Of course all that did was make me feel worse about myself. Having tried and failed to tackle my weight over the years, it really is now or never.
This month will be all about changing my eating habits. Simple things to carry me through the year. Drinking more water. Eating more fruit and veg. Changing how I cook and dropping the takeaways. Making better choices. No starving myself and making myself even more miserable. Just sensible tweaks that will in time help me reach my weight loss goals.
This is going to be the hard one. And I wanted to get my eating under control before tackling the cigarettes head on. I guess this one will hardly make me happy while doing it. But the benefits of giving up far outweigh any withdrawal symptoms along the way.
I’ve smoked for almost 2 years. I smoked as a teen, gave up when I fell pregant, started again and smoked on and off until I fell pregnant with the 5 year old. And I didn’t smoke again until my nan died. I guess it was a means of coping with losing my nan. Living in another country from your family can be hard. Even more so when there’s a death in the family and smoking was my way of getting through it without completely breaking down. Ironically she’d kill me if she knew I’d started smoking again.
So the cigs need to go. I’ve been gradually cutting down over the past few months and it’s time to kick the habit for good. When I’ve given up smoking in the past its been because I was pregant. And I’ve given up instantly. No dragging it out, no quitting aids, just quitting. This time I fully expect it to be harder, but it needs to be done. And March will be when I give it my all.
So there you have it. The first three months of my Happiness Project. Perhaps some pretty obvious ones in there and I doubt any of them will have an instant impact on my happiness. But if I take a month to get to grips with them, forming new habits along the way, they will have a huge impact on my health and happiness in the long run.
Have you made any resolutions this year? Perhaps you have your own Happiness Project? Or maybe you have some advice to help keep me on track with my diet or quitting smoking.