Monday, November 22, 2010

Help Me Maintain Consistency...Please!!!! (Part 1)

Hi Friends,
My consistency, or lack there of, has been on my mind quite a bit lately.  I struggle with consistency.  I will exercise faithfully and then I fall short.  I menu plan for a while, then it goes by the wayside.  I have a wonderful home organization system set up.  I follow it for months and my home functions like a well oiled machine, then I let it slip.  I scrapbook for a while.  I blog for a while.  I read the Bible daily for a while.  Then it slides.  I pick these things up again......for a while.....and so on....and so on.

Why am I like this?  I know my life changes and so different areas in my life take precedence, like my Emily, or my business.  But why can't I maintain consistency?  All these things: reading the Bible, menu planning, blogging, home organization, exercise, are important to me.

I used to make long lists of New Years Resolutions, things I really wanted to work on.  Of course I fell short.

I tried a couple of years to choose a single word and focus on that word for the year.  That did work better.  One year I choose "Enough" as my word and another year I chose "Simple" as my word.  Like I said, it worked better, but those were words my family did NOT choose so my efforts were somewhat limited.

A couple of years ago my resolution was a phrase, "Keep Ahead of the Game."  I tried.  I struggled. I worked on that.  In hindsight, it did help me stay organized and on top of things, but in my mind I fell short at times.

Last year I chose one resolution, "Menu Plan".  It would work for a while then I'd get away from it, then go back to it, then away from it and so on.

This year, I am choosing, as my resolution, as my 'word', "CONSISTENCY".  Between now and Jan. 1st, I have time to keep it in my mind and think about why I have difficult maintaining consistency.  I want to look for solutions to help make me more consistent.

I've been identifying some steps that I think will help me move towards being consistent and I'll share those steps with you in different posts between now and Jan. 1st.  This way, whatever you choose as your New Year's resolution, hopefully you can consistently stick to it!

If you have any tips or ideas on how to maintain consistency, please leave me a comment.  If I use them, I'll be sure to give you credit.

So here's to Consistency, which if I can achieve it, I think will be a very good thing.

Happy Homemaking,


Juliana/A Hand Woven Life said...

Oh Nancy, I'm right there with you! I think I fail at consistency when I lose sight of why I started something in the first place (the value of doing it), and I get impatient for the results I was hoping for. Sometimes i am just not clear on the goal, as with my blog, i.e., WHY am I doing this? The excitement of starting something new just isn't enough to carry you through. So, those are the possible reasons I fail at being for the solutions....I'm eager to know!

*Crystal* said...

I don't have any advise on the subject but I sure could use some. I've been feeling the exact same way for the past year. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tanya said...

I think most moms can relate to this issue. We take on a lot; sometimes too much and it can be overwhelming to try to do it all perfectly. Good luck with being consistent in your efforts!

Julie said...

I just finished reading The Power of Less. I believe I fail in consistency because I get caught up in being so many things to so many people that I can't possibly do everything and then something has to fall short. Anyway, the book teaches how to focus on 3 main goals, for example, per day, instead of the list of 30 things we're so used to having. It forces one to do the essentials and scrap the rest. Like answering a blog post or email in 6 sentences or less. It taught me how to focus.

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

I was reading your post and I just kept thinking "Yep, me too!". I am EXACTLY the same way with all the things you are talking about. It is hard to be consistant in all areas of life all at once.
Good luck with your new word:)

KMJ said...

Very much struggle with consistency and feel like a failure because of it. My kids are young, but not babies anymore, and the resistance I get from them when I try to change bad habits, or lack of habits makes me want to cry at times.


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