Goals vs. Resolutions
This is the time of year that you are asked about your resolution. While a fresh year is definitely a great time to ponder and gain momentum for the next 12 months, I have a hard time with the word “resolution.” To me, it feels negative and overly self-critical. While this word does have two meanings, I tend to feel like I often associate it with the negative one. Over the years I have found that the word “goals” feels more like positive forward progression, not self-limiting. Although, I think reflecting on personal tendencies is a great thing to do, I enjoy forward progression a little more when it is tied to a more positive word and self image.
I hope that each of you can carve out a little time to reflect on 2018. It is a time to remember all the good and the not-so-good. What did you learn? What can you do better? How do you plan on refocusing in 2019? What are your big dreams both personally and professionally?
I found that my best of 2018 was during the first and last quarter of the year. During January, February & March I did a great job of leaving work at work for the most part which allowed me to focus on my family, which matters so much to me. The middle six months were way too packed with planned and non-planned events--which left me feeling drained and uninspired by fall. I made a conscious decision to reverse that mindset in late September and began to find balance during the holidays. I realized that by focusing on living my life more intentionally on a daily basis, it made all the difference come the months of November & December. That time of year is the busiest for most companies and we are no different. I am incredibly proud of our team who banded together to assist our clients in making 2018 our best year yet.
As our team celebrated our year together, I decided to make the most of 2019 by focusing on living more intentionally throughout the year. I have decided to go back to the tried and true method of a paper planner. I use a Moleskin Classic Square Notebook for work to plan my day and all that it encompasses from start to finish, both personally & professionally. I use the left side of the page to write down all of my to-do’s then use the right side to layout an hourly schedule, filling in the time slots with the items on my list. So far, I am planning one day in advance and like how that leaves me feeling in charge of where my time goes and not anxious about the rest of the week as I am taking it day by day. I also have a personal planner to reflect, make goals, focus on my passions and to be more accountable to myself for self care time. It has been nice to look back over the week and see what I did for myself as it is easy to not make the time when you are responsible for the wellbeing of others.
I truly hope each of you takes the time to pause and breathe in all that the new year has to offer.
Christi, Founder & Proprietor C&Co.® Handcrafted Skincare