Benjamin Hardy says that New Year’s resolutions don’t work and setting them for the whole year is a lost cause. Instead, he recommends setting actionable goals for every 90 days. This approach sits well with me as I have set quarterly goals in the past and feel that they are more realistic. Below are my goals for the first 90 days of 2019:
Create a Business Plan
Something that I have wanted to do for a long time is start my own business [or side-hustle for where I’m at in my life]. I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up surrounded by entrepreneurs [my dad started his own company shortly after my parents got married, my mom had her own shop, my aunt and uncle run their own businesses, etc.] or if it’s just my inherent nature. My intention for the first 90 days is to create a business plan and see where it goes from there.
Drink 30 oz of Water Upon Waking
You have to drink a ton of water when you’re nursing. I’m so thankful Katey McFarlan [one of my fave bloggers] mentioned these hospital water mugs in her instastories because I wouldn’t have known to take them home from the maternity ward otherwise. These mugs make it so easy to keep up my water intake because they are 30 oz. if filled to the brim. [My girlfriend recommended I drink one of these after each nursing session and that was great advice as it’s helped to keep up supply! Throughout this process I have noticed that when I drink a mug full of water on an empty stomach in the morning, I have less bloat and better digestion throughout the day. So my goal is to do that first thing each morning!
Write Down Your Goals Every Morning
Here’s another gem from Benjamin Hardy: Write your goals down first thing each morning. He suggests that this will keep you oriented throughout the day towards what you’re trying to accomplish. I’m going to try this out!
Read [or Listen to] One Book per Month
This was a goal I set last year and to be very honest, I only kept it through March. Everything after that was baby books… [I track all of my books that I’d like to read and am reading on Goodreads.] I’m hoping that this year, I will re-set this every 90 days and do better!
Do Pilates 1x a Week
This year, instead of looking at fitness as an unnecessary cost, I want to look at it as an investment. This is not an area that comes easy to me and I always push it to the bottom of my list. One thing that pregnancy really brought to the forefront was my weak core. There was one week where I could barely walk due to nerve pain shooting down my lower back and into my leg [caused by movement in a joint, essentially caused by my weak core.] And while you can’t always prevent that, I know that I need to strengthen my core to try and avoid that in that future. So, my goal is to start a pilates regimen.
It’s hard to believe that we’re discussing 2019 plans and that the new year is in full swing. [I remember writing out my 2018 Goals…] We are moving houses this week, I’m starting to travel for work A BIT and Baby Z has started solids. I told my husband that I have a feeling this year is going to FLY by, just based on how busy I already feel. So here’s to holding on tight in 2019 and enjoying every moment – the challenging along with the joyous.
I’d love to hear about your resolutions in the comments below. Let me know what you’re striving for in 2019!