Love resolutions or hate ‘em, a new year is a great time of year to reflect on our priorities and experiences, and plan for the year ahead. Personally, as weird as I am about not celebrating holidays, I do tend to take stock this time of year, and think about what’s important to me. I do it throughout the year, anyway, so why not?
In 2017, my one resolution was to make sleep my highest priority. Pretty simple, right? My whole life, I’ve stayed up late and gotten a terrible quality of sleep. I still love to stay up late; usually on my phone or reading at home. But I am a completely different person when I get a good night’s sleep, and wake up early for the day, and it has an incredible impact on how I spend the rest of my day. Changing up my schedule, making my bedroom a peaceful sanctuary, and creating a morning routine to look forward to, are all ways I coaxed myself into creating this new habit (which I’m admittedly not perfect with, and I’m forgiving with myself when life happens). I’m glad to have had, and stuck with, this one resolution. I feel better, I’m more productive, and overall much happier. To be honestly, this one resolution has been completely life-changing.
Having one resolution brings to mind the book, The One Thing. In it, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan notice a funny trend they found with their students: whenever students were tasked with 2-4 things, they would typically avoid the most important thing. They ended up simply tasking the students with the most important task, so that they wouldn’t avoid it. Have you ever done everything else except the most important thing you need to do? I know I have. The One Thing teaches us to make sure to tackle that ONE niggling thing you KNOW you’re supposed to do. Maybe it feels scary, or hard, or like you’re not prepared, but you will feel SO much better once you face it head on. I really liked having one resolution, and will continue to have one overarching goal in 2018.
What’s the one thing eating at you, that would make you feel so much better if you made it a priority?