I’m 32 years old and I finally get why people make New Year’s resolutions. It’s because for the last month and a half of the year, everything is f-ed up! Schedules are gone, budgets are non-existent, any semblance of a normal life or routine is thrown out the window. Kids aren’t napping when they’re supposed to, or they’re not napping at all. They’re staying up way too late. We’re running, we’re baking, we’re wrapping, we’re spending. All in the name of the holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s madness.
And I know that it all goes back to the holidays. How? Because I’m 94 posts behind on ALL of the blogs that I used to read every day. Do you want to know the last day I read a post? November 25.
It’s January 28 and I’m still not feeling like I’m back to any sort of routine. I feel like I’m still responding to whatever is thrown in my lap at the moment. The thing with the highest priority. The flashing red light, or whatever is directly in front of my face.
But it would make my life easier to have a routine. I thrive on it. I like structure. I like to have a plan and follow it. Lately I just have been failing to MAKE the plan. And I’m sick of it. It’s exhausting and disorienting to always be reacting to the “next thing” instead of accomplishing things in an orderly way. It’s not that things aren’t getting done — well, blogging and exercising aren’t getting done on a consistent basis — they’re just not getting done in a way that makes my life more organized and easier to manage.
So I finally get it. I think one of the reasons people make New Year’s resolutions is because they too, are maybe sick of the lack of organized, day-to-day routine that results from too much holiday merry-making. Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS. I absolutely love the unfettered, mass chaos, have fun all the time, holidays. To a point. It’s the same reason people look forward to coming home from vacation — they want to get back “home” where they have a routine.
I’ve never really made a New Year’s resolution. Actually, I’ve always kind of scoffed at them. Why do we need a pre-determined day to necessitate a life(style) change? I can make a change whenever I want. I’ve always felt like there’s too much focus on “it” (the resolution) or “the day” (that your resolution starts). I still feel that way, but I get it now.
So I guess I’m making a resolution of sorts. To reengage my normal routine. Because if I don’t? If I wait until things “get back to normal?” Well that will never happen. Because next weekend we have Bean’s first birthday party, followed by the Super Bowl (where surely we will be celebrating a major victory), and then a month after that Husband and I will be taking our first vacation in six years. And then the month after that is Monkey’s third birthday, followed by the month in which Husband and I celebrate our 8th anniversary, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
Do you see what I just did? I just fast-forwarded four months — I just erased winter and got through spring to the beginning of summer. I could keep going.
June will bring a bridal shower, bachelorette party, and then it will be time for my brother’s wedding. So, I guess I could just wait until things get back to normal — IN AUGUST!
So, I’m calling today resolution day. I’m making a plan, I’m setting a routine, and I’m writing it down.
I feel so much better.
How do you keep your life organized? How do you stick to your routine? Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?