This year, I’m approaching new year’s resolutions in a different way. In the past, I tended to overshoot by making lengthy lists of things I want to do or change in the new year. Oftentimes, things got lost in the shuffle, so this year, I’m simplifying it a bit by focusing on two things: one thing I want to start, one thing I want to stop.
The idea came from a staff meeting, actually. My boss did this with his family during the holidays and asked everyone to share their own start and stop resolution. Here’s what I came up with and a little background for each:
Start: Living more minimally – less stuff = less clutter, less shopping, more savings, yada yada yada.
This is a constant struggle for many people, and I think I’ve always tried to cut down on “crap” and keep the good stuff. However, I know I get caught up in pretty new things and what’s next, so this year my start is all about living more minimally. Do I really need it? Does it serve a purpose? With a baby on board, we’re planning some big changes for 2016, including a possible move into a more family-ready house. This means we’ll need to keep our house ready to sell (e.g. get rid of the clutter!). In addition, we’re working on cutting back. Adding another human will definitely mean changes in our budget. Starting early on the budget cuts to make room for baby needs definitely fits into this “living minimally” goal.
Stop: Mindless social media and TV that takes away from more fulfilling hobbies.
About a year ago we cut cable and replaced with local channels and Netflix. This made a big difference in the time we spent mindlessly watching TV. However, I’ve noticed that we’ve since found loopholes and can sometimes get too comfy on the couch for much too long. It hasn’t helped that I spent two months in hiding due to first-trimester woes. With this goal, I want to stop being a couch potato as much as possible to make room for hobbies, outings and more engaging activities. This would also mean more time to dedicate to blogging!
Your turn! What will you start and stop this year?