Melissa Schmalenberger, Areavoices blogger, Published November 30 2012
Areavoices: 'Tis the season to get a jumpstart on your New Year's resolution
What can you plan on doing now to enjoy the month of December? What new habits can you begin so that come January you are well past the 21 days to create a habit? Here are some ideas to get you started:
If you are someone who tends to overspend, figure out how much you are going to spend on gifts and get cash in that amount. As you shop, stick with using only cash.
If you are someone who is low on funds, can you bake or make some holiday gifts? A mix of hot cocoa or homemade chutney with a loaf of bread is a lovely gift. I always give the advice of giving the gifts of experiences or consumables as they don’t collect dust!
If you are someone who is stressed, give the gift of a relaxed experience such as a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. Book the same for you and relax together.
If your goal is to exercise more, find an accountability partner or ask for the gift of having sessions with a personal trainer to be given to you this year.
If you don’t want to put on the pounds, start looking for healthy appetizer ideas. That way when you are invited to a holiday party and you are asked to bring something you have your ideas ready to go.
If you are someone who wants to spend more time with friends, get them scheduled into your calendar now. Create a standing date every month and get it scheduled now for 2013.
If you are someone who needs to simply slow down, start your day a few minutes early and pray or mediate or write in a journal. Start each day calm and relaxed and know that you can continue going forward with that same feeling.
If your goal is to be more organized, dedicate a certain amount of time every day of the month that you will focus on organizing. Even if you did 10 minutes a day, that would add up to over 5 hours of organizing by month end.
Who is with me on starting those resolutions a month early? Mine is to exercise every day the month of December and to slow down. What is your goal? Make a plan and take action today!