Following the best time of the year, is probably the worst time of the year, when we all have to get back to work after the holidays. We are already approaching the second week of “regular programming” and yet most of us are still dragging our feet out of the house every morning, longing for the past several weeks spent giving and receiving presents, vacationing and having Christmas dinners with friends, and of course, eating and eating again.
The reason why it’s so difficult to get back on track after the holidays is that no one really wants to do it. Alas, we still have to, because real world. So, to help you on your way back to reality, we give you these 5 simple steps to get back on track after the holidays.
I find that closing the books on unresolved issues or unfinished business makes it easier to start new goals and projects. Make a list of all the things that need to be done. It could be as simple as returning that book you borrowed to more important things like paying off your credit card debt or finally apologizing to that friend you had a fight with. Starting the year with less baggage will give you a more positive outlook into facing the brand new year ahead.
Getting back on track is easy when you have a schedule to remind you that you have things to accomplish, unlike the past weeks of just whiling away the time spent on Netflix and merrymaking. But don’t just schedule work related stuff. Since it’s a brand new year, schedule some time devoted to yourself and your new goals, from an hour or two of working out, scheduling quality time with your kids to marking down a time to moisturize before going to bed.
You are not alone. Almost everyone is struggling to get back to reality. So talk to your husband, sister or friend and get them on board. Let them know about how you want to get your groove back this start of the New Year and do it with them. Scheduling a Zumba class with a friend will feel a lot easier than having to drag your lonesome back on that dance floor.
Like many, you may have listed down all your goals for the year. But before firing off on all cylinders, I advise that you look them over again. Ask yourself, are they achievable? Let’s say you would like to lose weight via the Ketogenic diet. Can you really commit to just 30-50 grams of carbs per day? Why not start the year by just having desserts on the weekends and getting back onto your usual fitness routine? When you get your groove back, then by all means, try a new diet and fitness regimen.
Planning on taking a trip to Europe AND Africa this year? Make an accounting of your finances and see if you can afford two major out of town trips this year. There’s no shame in putting-off one trip to next year. This will relieve you of unnecessary financial stress.
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Aligning your goals with your realities will make it easier for you to check things off your list.
Heck, yeah, you can do this! In all things, it’s all about outlook. Know you can and you will. It’s all a matter of discipline and determination. Just think, by this time next year, you’ll be a better, fitter, more experienced you. Fingers crossed.
How are you getting back on track this New Year? Share it in the Comments.