Change Starts Here

Hello Friends!

We are nearing the end of February! How are you doing?

This is the time of year when a lot of us are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Winter seems to be dragging on FOREVER and we feel like we are failing our New Year’s resolutions before the year is even a quarter of the way through.

Sound familiar?

Well friends, I HEAR YOU! There are days when we all want EVERYTHING to change! Our hair, weight, clothes, lives, just EVERYTHING!

When you’re just so frustrated, it’s hard to know where to start. So, the question today is, where do you start to change when you don’t know where to begin?

First, begin with a

Basic Self-Check List:

  • Are you eating and drinking properly? Having a ‘grumpy gut’ or being dehydrated can seriously contribute to negativity and frustration!
  • Are you taking a daily vitamin?
  • Are you getting enough sleep? Sleep plays an important role in mood and productivity!
  • Are you exercising at least a little, every day? Getting moving is great for your mood, physical condition and overall health.
  • Are you seeing and talking to friends regularly? We are all social creatures, we need to connect with other people and get out of our own internal world.

We need to meet our basic physical and psychological needs in order to be the best possible versions of ourselves.

When we are well nourished, body and soul, we are more creative, focused, and productive.

Already got those basics down? You are awesome!

What’s next?

Let’s look at areas that are black or white, yes or no.

A lot of life is a grey zone, so we can set ourselves up for success by ‘getting the ball rolling’ with items that you either did or didn’t do.

It’s either a star on the list or an empty box. There are lots of planners and checklists to choose from!

Let’s shoot for those starts!

Ok, so now you draft your Everyday List!

Mine includes:

  • Make the bed
  • Take vitamins
  • Leave the kitchen clean a.m. and p.m.
  • Feed the pets

These are easy everyday items that I can put a big star ⭐️ next to. So that even on a crazy busy day I can feel like I accomplished the basics!

Next, using your planner or checklist, make a list of Quick Tasks that take 5 minutes or less.

Mine include:

  • Cleaning my purse
  • Cleaning the microwave
  • Wiping the bathroom vanity
  • Cleaning the cat litter box
  • Responding to emails
  • Writing out cards
  • Paying bills

Now, I have a fresh copy to start each week, and I note what I’ve accomplished each week on my monthly page of my planner. It’s amazing what you can get accomplished 5 minutes at a time!

Next, I plan in all the big stuff that actually needs a time slot like work, goals, events, shopping, etc. This gives me an overall picture of my days and the week.

This shows me where I have time to cook and where I don’t, which helps me Meal Plan!

Meal prep for my family takes about an hour a week. I cook off ground meat and grill chicken breasts on my Cuisinart 5-in-1 countertop grill, and bake potatoes.

This sets me up for easy taco dinner, burritos, pasta & sauce, grilled chicken with a tossed salad, taco salad, and loaded baked potatoes. And of course left-over night. There’s a week of no hassle, quick and easy dinners!

Finally, now that I have all the everyday ‘life stuff’ planned, I plug in Steps to Reach my Goals.

Mine include:

  • Research and writing for my book 3x weekly
  • Research and writing my blog 2x weekly
  • Managing Book and Blog promotions

How do we hold ourselves accountable?

We hold ourselves accountable by sharing our list with friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, and even acquaintances! This is one that I struggle with because I do not like to fail! So sharing my goals and plans pushes me to keep on track but it also opens me up to public failure. I have found though that the people in my life support me when I fall and celebrate my victories.

Yours will too! Take the risk!

Have A Great Day!

Dottie Lake

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I am an author and lifestyle blogger living in Vermont. I enjoy finding and sharing information that helps us all live the life we want.