It’s Throwback Thursday and the first anniversary of making a “non-resolution.” You may or may not be anxious to hear how my January went, but I’m going to share anyway. So here’s a little recap about my non-resolution.
STEP 1: COME UP WITH THE DEFINING WORD OR PHRASE FOR YOUR YEAR.
I encouraged you to come up with a 2018 goal for yourself—in a word or phrase—and break it into a 12-month SMART goal(s).
MY 2018 word is PEACE. I chose this word as there has been a lot of disorder and mayhem in my life affecting my health.
STEP 2: TRANSLATE YOUR WORD OR PHRASE INTO ACTION.
My January action was to meal plan. My specific meal plan action:
1st week goal: plan three dinners, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
2nd week goal: plan four dinners, Monday through Thursday.
3rd week goal: plan five dinners, Monday through Friday.
4th week goal: plan again for five days.
STEP 3: EVALUATE YOUR GOAL EACH MONTH.
Once the week or month is over, look back at your goal and see how well it did or did not work. Did you achieve this goal?
My mantra is PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION. My January did not go as planned. I had set a S = Specific, M = Measurable, A = Achievable, R = Realistic and T = Time-specific goal. Thus, I can look back and see how it went.
1st week of January – my grandfather was in the hospital and passed away, I was hardly home, so no meal planning happened as we didn’t know where we would be when.
2nd week of January – I planned two meals, as once again I was hardly home, helping to take care of my grandmother.
3rd week of January – I planned three meals.
4th week of January – I planned four meals.
STEP 4: START AT A TIME THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.
So when should you start? Any time that’s right for you. Make sure you have a fresh mind and are more rejuvenated than you may be on the first of the month.
As you can see, I had planned to start the first of January, however life happened and I was not able to begin when planned. But the key is, I didn’t let the month slide by. I picked up when I could with my meal planning. While working on the meal planning I found a tool to better help me.
It is the “Knock Knock What to Eat” pad that I found on Amazon for about seven dollars. Is this something you have to use if you plan to meal plan? Absolutely not. But, this is the tool I found to help me with my goal. You can also use our free printable!
I’m going to continue my meal planning and then focus on my SMART goal for February: REST!!!
For the month of February, my goal is to set a bedtime. The specific goal is to be in bed by 10:30 p.m. four nights out of each week, Sunday through Thursday. This is technically 5 days. So, if one of these days doesn’t make the 10:30 p.m. cut, then I have another day to work with. By setting a bedtime for myself, this should allow for a minimum of seven-ish hours of sleep for myself.
Although my goal didn’t go quite as planned for January, I made it work. And I know you can too if you let your goals slide a little bit. How did your SMART goals go for January?