How I ditched the New Years resolutions. And got more productive.

Here we are, one month into 2016.

It's usually around now that my new years resolutions start to fall by the wayside.  And I'm not alone. In 2015, The Washington Post reported that 25% of people give up on their resolutions after only one week and another 20% after a couple months. We could talk about will-power, laziness, what have you, but for me, it's always been something else – overwhelm. I would resolve to do too many things or stretch myself too far and then get stuck in the "where the heck do I start?" phase.

Because, let's be real here, I don't need way more things on my ever-expanding to-do list. If you're anything like me, you give yourself enough to do each day and piling on the resolutions tends to set us up for failure.

So this year, I did something different. I chose a word for the year, one word to be my north star. My word is EASE. And let me tell you, I'm already feeling more ease in my life by NOT setting a million resolutions.

Rather than giving me more to do, keeping ease front of mind informs the choices I make on a daily basis and encourages me to take the simplest road. At home – Should I busy myself cleaning today or relax and play with my kids in a messy house? Ease. At work – Should I go with my first blog post idea and get writing or keep brainstorming ideas until it feels like I've worked "hard enough"? Let it be easy.

Choosing ease feels loving, it feels abundant. And want to hear something else cool? By doing what's "easy", I'm actually getting more done. Rather than second guessing myself and overcomplicating things, I'm taking simple actions, one at a time and moving forward. Which leads to checking things off the to-do list. Bam.

What's your word for the year?

Full disclosure, I did set ONE new years resolution – to be more affectionate with my husband – and so far, that one's going pretty well  😉