The 2014 Guidelines...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I'm done with the resolution posts...I always find myself slacking mid-way through the year, get frustrated with my progress, kick it in high gear, and then loaf off again around October and then I quit or realize I have the last two weeks of December to tackle everything, which NEVER ever happens. Let's just say I didn't end up doing another 1/2 marathon last year, my life was still unorganized, and stress was at an all-time high. Hmmm...time to re-evaluate my priorities I guess.
This year, I am going to start something new...I am going to give myself some basic "rules", guidelines if you will, to live by and I am going to post these all around my house, office, car, bathroom, etc to keep myself accountable each and everyday. Here is the breakdown of what I came up with:

2014 guidelines
Daily To-Do List: make it attainable, and I am promising myself not to put more than 5 things on these daily lists...like I said, something I can actually complete and feel good about. No more slacking, no more wasting my time away on mindless time occupiers. I also want to read "Getting Things Done" which should help in this aspect. I struggle with this SO much!
Reminder-Family First: to me, this needs no explanation. This is the most important rule for me, for I can do without most things, except family. The backbone and support system and they are what matters most. Everything else can wait.
Launch My Business: February is fast approaching, which is my tentative launch date...I've been working on this venture for months and I cannot wait to share this with you! I promise to give you details once things get closer!
Make Each Day Count: Just call me Jack Dawson...yes, I watched Titanic recently, and that quote stayed with me. It's so simple, yet so true. We aren't guaranteed a tomorrow, so make sure you make all of them count.
Get Nutrition/Workouts Back in Gear: I slacked the last few months...with the move, the holidays, and everything in between, I made excuses and I want to get back to cooking dinner most nights and working out at least 3 times each week. No excuses!
Don't Compare My Life to Others: such a complicated idea to master, and I am constantly telling myself that I can't compare because God made us each different for a reason.
Take More Photos: sounds so easy, yet I find myself always forgetting to capture those moments...thank heavens for my iPhone and the ability to whip it out quickly! Pictures make for a happy home and there can NEVER be too many on the walls
Less Time with TV, More Time with Books: My goal is to read 1 a month...totally doable, if I put down the remote and focus on time spent with my nose in the pages
Remember: Quality, Not Quantity: this can speak to a lot of areas in my life...blogging, time with friends, and such. I need to realize it's not how much I do, but how well I do it.

Not a traditional set of resolutions, but these make me feel good and give me hope that I can balance things a bit more in 2014 and not get so overwhelmed all the time like I did this year. Cheers to you and yours for a successful and blessed new year friends!! OXOX

- 22 Comments

  1. Sounds like good goals for the new year! Happy New Year!

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  2. This is a GREAT list!!!!! Happy new year! :)

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  3. Good luck with all of these!! I can't wait to hear what your business venture is!!

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  4. Love these! I'm starting to make realistic goals too. When they aren't realistic, they're hard to achive and when I don't achieve them I feel lousy so I'm starting to make goals that I can attain.

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  5. I love these goals!!! It is hard when we make goals that are over our heads.. Family is very important

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  6. happy new year! this is a great list! i have a very similar post today too…focus on monthly goals instead!!! easy peasy :)
    good luck!

    tara
    www.chanesoflove.com

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  7. Such a great list that I think we can all take something from! I know 2014 is going to be great for you!

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  8. These guidelines sound great! Definitely do-able and realistic! Happy new year!

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  9. These are awesome guidelines and I love them. Cant wait to see about your new business

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  10. great list, I made a similar one as opposed to one unattainable resolution, so much more realistic :) happy new year!!

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  11. I'm totallly stealing this. Guidelines (to me) are way easier to follow than resolutions! Hope 2014 is the best!

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  12. I like your "guidelines" - I don't do resolutions because there is no point in on purpose dissatisfaction! Have a great 2014, cannot wait to see this business of yours!!!!!

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  13. This is a great idea! I don't like to list resolutions either... I always let myself down! I love your guidelines! Happy New Year! xoxo, lindsay

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  14. I like writing a daily to-do list as well!

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  15. I love it!! I had a "30 while 30" list and felt like a total failure when I turned 31 and had only done about half of the items. Then I stopped and really liked at the past year and realized I had done so much more! So, no resolutions for me, but your list is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I love this list! So practical and useful! I can't wait to hear the details of the new biz!!!! Happy 2014!

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  17. A great list! I need to remember many of those myself! Excited for you about a new business venture- sounds exciting!

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  18. A great list for all of us! I hope you have all your 2014 intentions come true!
    Much Love,
    Amita
    www.AlignedHolistics.com

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  19. These are great! I especially love the more photos and more books/less tv. I hope you post the books on your reading list :)

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