I declare 2017 the ‘Year to Make Epic Things Happen!’. As one year closes and another begins it is time to take control. Before we know it, we are counting the weeks until Easter (duly noted that hot cross buns have been out since January 10) and alas the first quarter has passed us by. How are we going to make this year different? What are your goals for 2017? Now that the kidlets are back at school and a routine is reclaimed – or established for those with preppies – how do we fit in time for ourselves and how will we spend that time?
Of course, the health, fitness and wellness goals always seem to be at the top of the list. Whether you are planning to tone up, drop a few kilos, make better food choices or run a marathon this year, you need a plan. Time is our most precious commodity and factoring time in for ourselves, for self-care and achieving goals, is just as important as the time we factor in for our family. We need to be the best version of ourselves so that we can meet the demands of modern life, parenting, working, commuting, taking care of others, the housework and, oh yes…ourselves too. Let’s make this year the year that we do NOT place ourselves last on the list!
Time management is key and so we first need to work out those non-negotiables in our routines and allocate sufficient time to them. Once we have a clear picture of what that looks like, we can look for some time allocation options for our goals. Even just 20-30 minutes a day to allocate to your health, fitness and wellbeing is not only do-able and practical, but it’s so, so important to our short and long term health. If you need to wake up 30 minutes earlier – or perhaps pick the kids up 30 minutes later, use your lunch break (YES – walk away from your phone!), find 30 minutes after dinner, replace a TV show for a walk around the block or trip to the local gym or pool. Whatever it takes I assure you that those 30 minutes to invest in you – your health and sanity are worth it.
Perhaps you have decided to join the gym as part of your 2017 resolutions. Make sure you choose one that is convenient – that you have inspected and feel comfortable in and even better, that your friends go to. Having a training partner is a great way to stay accountable so talk to your friends about joining with you.
If your plan is to make better food choices in 2017, how are you planning to achieve and maintain that? Investing in some personal development on nutrition, cooking classes, even new recipe books are keys to success. Again, having a friend who shares the same goals is a great way to establish and maintain new habits.
One of the most important factors to your success will be the family ‘buy in’. If your partner and kids know that you are allocating time to you then they will want to be part of that and support you. Especially when the end result is a parent who is happy, healthy and teaching the entire family that having and achieving goals is paramount in life. Make 2017 the year of YOU!
THE BIG Q… We ask The Hub experts what their 2017 New Year’s resolution is…
My goal is to be able to say ‘yes’ to more of the elements of life that make me happy. Aligned with my personal values I know that my plans for 2017 are massive which is both scary and exciting!