Making reachable resolutions

Published 12:59 pm Monday, December 28, 2015

Does anyone else feel that the holiday season just seems to be getting shorter and shorter? I feel like Thanksgiving was just yesterday — let alone the fact that Christmas is over and now it’s on to the year 2016.

You know what that means? It’s now time for all our friends and family members to tell us all of their New Year’s Resolutions that they will be making come Thursday night. Then, we in return, will tell them ours. We all will promise that we will stick to the resolutions this year, and for many, our resolutions will be forgotten by March.

The problem is, at least speaking for myself, several of the resolutions I tell myself each Dec. 31, are too big or are unreasonable — or I end up losing the motivation to stick to them.

However, this year I have decided that instead of making these large, overwhelming, too far-fetched resolutions, I will make them small and attainable. These will be ones that I know I can stick to and ones I know I can achieve.

I will also be concentrating on each resolution I make one at a time — besides we have all year to make them. Who says we have to start each one on Jan. 1?

For example, so far my three resolutions this year are to get the gym back into my schedule, be more organized and keep up with my laundry.

I’ll probably start by adding the gym to my schedule. However, instead of beating myself up about going every single day, I’ll tell myself I need to go at least three days a week — that is much more realistic and easier to handle than going to seven days a week.

Then, once I accomplish that and know I am going to stick to it, I’ll move on to one of the other resolutions I made.

Concentrating on one goal at a time seems like a better way to make each resolution happen than to try and make all three happen at once.

REBECCA CHAPPELL is a Staff Writer at The Tidewater News. She can reached at 562-3187 or