My Goal for 2017 is Routines

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!!

I'm not going to use the word Resolutions. Nope, those get broken about a month into the new year. Instead I am going with Goal. One overall goal for 2017.

My goal for 2017 is Routines. This is a tough one for me. And I bet it is not so easy for a lot of you either.

Since I stopped working outside of the home I have had a hard time keeping myself on some kind of schedule. And I am not talking about a tight schedule. Even the smallest of routines have disappeared.

My goal for 2017 is routines. They help keep my life on tract.

I think one of the biggest problems in not having a basic daily routine is that it messes with my mind. I never feel that sense of finishing a job.

So each month this year I want to create 2 new routines. They say it takes 28 days to create a habit. I am hoping that is true.

I have never been a morning person. Always the night owl. Which was fine when I was younger and had lots of energy at night. I used to do major housecleaning marathons at night or baking or crafting. now it gets dark, which is a lot earlier at this time of the year, and my body says "Okay, time to wrap up the day". Wait! I didn't accomplish anything today!

Without a proper sleep routine my body wears down. I can't take my daily medicine at the same time each day and that plays havoc with my well being. I don't get jobs around the house done regularly because I am too tired. Keeping important appointments become difficult. And a million other little things fall to wayside.

The lack of sleep effects every aspect of our lives. So, it is my #1 goal. It will not be easy but, it's the very best thing I can do for myself this year.

Creating new routines for january to better the quality of my life

My #2 goal for January is not to get online immediately after I wake up.

Here is what I would say to myself, "I'm just going to go through my email and check social media accounts while I have my 2 cups of coffee and then I log off and get busy with the day".

Sound familiar?

Being online is a major time suck. You don't realize how much time passes. It's like this great big black hole! Never ending.

Those 2 cups of coffee turned into hours of time. And that meant very little else got done. That needs to stop.

Spending time online is part of life these days. We use it for different areas of our everyday routines. But, like most everything, moderation is key.

For me, I need to tackle housework, errands and other jobs that have to get done daily first before getting online. Allocating specific time to be online is something I need to work on. Everyone has different needs regarding time online. Being a blogger is a big chuck of online time. And writing the post is the least time consuming part of blogging. It's all the other stuff that goes along with it that time up the most time. So, I need to decide when and for how long that time will be. It won't happen over night but, it will happen.

So, those are my two goals for January. Do you have two things that you would like to work on and turn into routines?


  1. Those are both great routines to change. I will have to give it some thought, but I am trying to do my morning devotions each day and I need to make it before computer time.

  2. A great approach to the new year.

  3. I agree about getting online. No matter how early I get up, I never get off the computer until at least 9. Think of the time I've wasted. I like your idea of routines. I've been saying I need to be disciplined.

  4. We were just talking about moving away from the internet for a while each day and enjoy otheer projects likeorganizing, walking, knitting, reading.

  5. Oh boy, do I ever!! Your post pretty much sums up the things I need to change as well. Making more sleep a priority is key for me getting anything done. I LOVE being up after everyone else is asleep. It is the most peaceful part of my day and it is hard to give it up. I just have to do it though. Here's to new routines!=) Happy New Year!

  6. I love morning time. My goal is to get up a half hour earlier each day. I usually leave for work at 7, and I always wish I had more time to have coffee, and get a few small things done around the house. Just a half hour is enough--I won't feel so rushed! :)

  7. I would go with yours! Especially the part about going online right away (as I am online now). I am a morning person, but want to make my daily Bible devotion and also exercise a routine this year.


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