Why You Shouldn’t Make a New Year’s Resolution

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As we start a new year, we tend to start our New Year’s Resolutions (which we know will inevitably not happen). Whether it is a few weeks into January or a few months into the year, New Year’s Resolutions just do not last! Here is another alternative that will help you be more productive and achieve the lifestyle changes you desire.

The 12 Dashboards

I first heard of the 12 Dashboards from our Pastor who has a crazy, full schedule. As a mom of two young ones, I knew that I needed to start implementing this too.

The 12 Dashboards evaluate 12 areas of personal growth (faith, marriage, family, office, digital, ministry, financial, social, attitudinal, creative, mental, and physical). Each month, you grade yourself from A to F in the different areas and write a sentence summarizing the month’s successes had or improvements that need to be made. It is that simple! See a copy of the 12 Dashboards monthly printout here.

Why You Should Switch to the 12 Dashboards

Especially in the chaos in motherhood, setting a consistent yearly goal is complicated. Schedules change, sickness strikes, and immediately we must redirect our attention. This often leaves our goals long forgotten. That is why I started the 12 Dashboards method last year.

Monthly reset rather than a yearly reset

As it is with anything, it is easier to do something for a month, rather than a year. When we get off-track, we find ourselves able to get back up when the task seems attainable. A smaller goal is more achievable.

Quick or elaborate activity

The beauty is that this evaluation could be as quick or elaborate as you would like for it to be. With young children, I find myself doing the quick version, but it is still just as effective! Put an appointment in your calendar for the same day every month, so you will have regular reminders and results.

Reality Check

I’ve found that there are months I felt like were an utter failure, but after doing my 12 Dashboard evaluation, it was only one or two areas that were chaotic. This helps me be more realistic about my circumstances and optimistic about reality.

I have now kissed New Year’s Resolutions goodbye and found that this new method is exactly what I need. Hopefully it will ring in your New Year with more success too!

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Mary Anne S
Even though Mary Anne was born in Florida, she considers herself an Alabama native. They moved to Birmingham when she was three, and she lived in the same house until she left for college in 2008. She met her husband at the University of Alabama their Freshmen year, and they will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary this fall! She graduated in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Accounting and passed the CPA exam. She went inactive and left the accounting world to be a stay-at-home mom to their daughter Lily Grace (4) and son Isaac (2). Don’t let the headshot fool you: her everyday attire is messy hair, yesterday’s makeup, and athletic ware. When she’s not at home doing the laundry, you can find her dancing at the gym, training for a 5k, or crafting in the dining room. The kids weren’t keeping her busy enough, so she started The Confetti Shoppe in 2022 making party décor, personalized totes, and handmade gifts.


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