Welcome to a New Year! A new start for 2016! The team at Bundilla Family Chiropractic along with Dr Shaka Hatcher are really excited about sharing a great year ahead working towards our optimum health and wellbeing together.As is often the case, we set out with great intentions cleaning the slate and beginning the New Year with a goal or resolution. Maybe it is not just one goal but several and suddenly 8 weeks, or 6 months later life ‘gets in the way’, we lose track of our resolution and fall back into the habits of years gone past, literally!
We wanted to find a healthy, simple, measurable daily goal tracking tool to assist us working towards achieving our dreams for 2016. Elise Joy Blaha has some great advice and a wonderful daily goal tracking tool to help us do just that, changing our old habits and creating new ones, day by day. Elise has been blogging (daily) for 10 years (http://eliseblaha.typepad.com/), building a small (but fast growing) business in sunny San Diego, California and is also a mother of two young girls. Over the past couple of years with such a busy schedule, Elise has developed some fantastic products in relation to goal setting and organisation, including the Get to Work Book and Daily Goal Tracker. Recently we asked Elise to take a couple of minutes out to answer a couple of questions about ways in which we can prioritise our health and wellbeing as well as keeping on top of our goal setting dreams and resolutions. Here is what she had to say:-
Hi Elise, thank you for your time, we understand your husband is a Doctor and has often had to work away and/or long hours, as a busy mother of two whilst running your own business how do you prioritize your health & wellbeing emotionally, physically and mentally throughout the year? And not only your health and wellbeing, but the family unit and ensuring you spend quality time together?
This is the hardest part of what I do. I think though, that it’s the most important. I have found that getting out for walks (either with the girls in the stroller or by myself after Paul, my husband, gets home) and listening to a podcast has been really helpful. I like that I’m physically moving and I get the entertainment too. Walks are great because you don’t have to put on special clothes or make time for a shower afterwards, but you still get some active time and fresh air.
We work to have dinner together as a family whenever Paul is home and we have the girls on a good bedtime routine and schedule that lets us have family time (reading together) and then time for Paul and I to talk, watch TV and reconnect, after they are asleep.
I also make sure to have extra help. My toddler daughter goes to day-care three days a week and now that my younger daughter is here, we have had more visits from my mom which helps keep my sanity.
What would you recommend (aside from your fantastic Daily Goal Tracker) as a form of setting healthy measurable goals and keeping track of ‘what is important’?
I think you have to take some time – maybe at the beginning of the year, maybe every month – to jot down what’s important. What is your top priority this month? Is it to spend more time with the family? Is it to get to the gym? Is it to focus on your business? Figure out what’s going to be #1 for you. And then come up with a way that you can work towards that every day. It might be little, like waking up 15 minutes earlier each day or shutting off your computer at a certain time each evening. For a short time, try to say yes to everything that relates to the top priority and no to everything that gets in the way of it. See if that makes a difference for you!
What would your top tip be to ‘sticking at it’ after selecting a series of New Year Resolutions, as it is often hard as the year moves forward to remain focused?
I think my number one tip is to be comfortable with letting things go and the idea of “restarting.” It’s impossible to be perfect and stick to your resolution constantly. Don’t let mistakes or slip-ups get in the way of the big picture. I like to say “progress over perfection” and I really mean it! Keep moving forward and be gentle with yourself.
We love Elise’s attitude towards “progress over perfection” the Daily Goal Tracker can be found via her blog http://eliseblaha.typepad.com/golden/goal-setting-creativity-archive.html and there are lots of other crafty ideas and inspiration for creativity and goal setting available to read.
Here’s to a fantastic 2016 of healthy goal setting and optimum health and wellbeing!