Every year New Year’s resolutions are made. For the first few days or weeks we try hard to keep them. Then all of a sudden one drops off the list. Then another and finally another until that list is a blank slip of paper.
When resolutions are made they need to be realistic as well as productive. Skip all the tedious scenarios that have been called upon in the past. Use your imagination to find something that is so doable that no matter what happens in your life it will not deter you from keeping those resolutions.
- Tell your wife, husband and kids that you love them. Whether you say it in the morning or late at night before bedtime doesn’t really matter. What matters is they hear those words and know how you feel about each one in your household. After a while, you may hear those same words told back to you even if they aren’t on their resolutions list. This will always make you feel good and that the efforts you do daily are appreciated.
- Sit down each week and go over the calendars schedules. Then choose one day during that week. This night may change from week to week depending upon that week’s schedule. That is fine as long as you stick to making one night a week family night. No extra friends of relatives will be invited to this particular evening. This is just out night to spend together. Everyone sits down at the table and eats together. Start up a conversation that everyone can chime in their two cents and keep things lively and funny. Do not bring up problems, bills or past arguments. If the phone rings just leave it to the answering machine. Once dinner is done plan on moving the group into the living room to either watch a movie together, play a card game or crack out a new or old board game or jigsaw puzzle. Each evening’s activity should be the favorite of one member of the family. Everyone gets a turn at choosing the family activity. This is a great way of keeping the family together with some quality time.
- Most people these days have computers. One of the things that may be overlooked is cleaning out old files, cookies, old emails or just running the defrag function or a malware or virus scan. Choose a day weekly or at the very least monthly. Mark the calendar. Then that evening set the function to run. Then go wash the dishes, take out the trash or just sit and watch TV. You might be helping a child with homework, talking to a friend on the phone or working on a craft item. Whatever you choose to do while the computer is processing the scan will first off keep you busy with something else and secondly you won’t be just sitting there wasting time watching the screen blink at you. Now you have this important process completed and were also productive at the same time.
Good luck with your list!
If everyone thinks along these lines when devising their New Year’s Resolutions lists, there will be less disappointment after the first few weeks or months. Think about things that you want to improve on. Focus on something that concerns you and will benefit not only yourself but other members in your household.
Now all those things for years that have made it on and off the list may still be important. They may also be necessary to work out or accomplish throughout the year. Work on them separately. Don’t include them on your list. If the list is too long, many of those suggestions will fall through the cracks.
If some of the issues you have to deal with are of a serious matter don’t include those either on your New Year’s Resolutions list. Instead try a few other avenues.
With times the way they are many people are struggling to get by. Many people are struggling to pay mortgages after the loss of their jobs. A good suggestion to look into would be to re-finance that mortgage. A lower rate may be just what is needed to keep your home. Seek help with the tough stuff. There are plenty of places in town that you can go to for some sort of assistance. Even if all you get is advice. It will give you some new choices to ponder. Discuss them with the appropriate family members and make a decision that will help the whole family. Who knows, something someone else may say to you could be the very thing that can help. Ask a friend or spouse for advice with the little stuff. The answer to the problem may be right in front of you, all you need to do is ask. You never know what will be heard until you pop the question.Happy New Year!
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