I’m great at making resolutions. I’m a champion list maker for anything and everything. I’m also really great at picking areas of my life that I feel I’ve done an utterly crappy job. So resolution lists get made every New Year’s, and often at multiple times during the year as well.
As great as I am at making resolutions, I’m not so good at keeping resolutions. Yes, I do make sure my resolutions are measurable and attainable and all those other tips we read about resolution making. The problem, I think, is that I try to change too much at once. I have my long list of what I’m doing wrong and what I need to fix. And after a few days, I get totally overwhelmed and discouraged and just give up - one resolution at a time.
This year, I’ve decided to do something different. Instead of making a list of resolutions, I’m going to work throughout the year on improving myself and my life, one small step at a time. Each week, I will take a baby step toward doing something in my life better. The next week, I’ll pick something new to focus on - hopefully while keeping up on the “resolution” from the week before. If I start to slip on one of the goals, there will be no reason to abandon the whole process, because I can just restart that goal again when another week starts. The idea is to be constantly moving forward throughout the year, one tiny goal at a time.
My goal for this week is an easy one, yet one that is pretty important. You see, I’ve been getting sloppy with my diabetes management over the past month. The first thing that slips when burn-out hits is my oral medications. Throughout the month of December, I’ve been really (really really) lax about taking my cholesterol and blood pressure medication, as well as my iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin C pills. There really is no reason not to take five seconds to swallow down these capsules, other than pure laziness with a bit of forgetfulness mixed in. So, since January 1st, I take my morning pills while waiting for my coffee to brew. And I take my evening pills before hopping into bed. Easy as pie. (Mmmm, pie.) A goal that I know I can continue through the year. Which leaves me feeling good and ready to choose a new goal to work on next week . . .