Happy New Year! Making resolutions is a tradition that has been going on for decades, if not centuries. What is also a tradition is the habit of breaking these traditions. Have you made a new resolution (or maybe even more than one)? I thought I would share a tip that I find very helpful (and I will be using this year) to ensure that my New Year Resolutions stick.
One of my goals this year is to not beat myself up because I don't reach a goal! To make sure that this happens, I'm going to use a tracking system. It is simple and easy and I'll keep it in my calendar - which is always open and in front of me. Of course, you could keep your tracking system on your phone with a checklist or on the refrigerator. Wherever you keep it, make sure that it is easily and readily accessible.
I will be tracking my goals 10 days at a time and will be using a Spreadsheet (Excel) to track the following goals:
8 glasses of water
15 minutes of Bible study - 5 days per week
30 minutes of exercise - 3 times week per week
DAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
4 glasses a.m.
4 glasses p.m.
Exercise 30 minutes 15 minutes of bible study Does this seem really simple? I hope so because that is my intent. Keeping things simple and easy is the key to developing any new habit, keeping a space organized and reaching your goals.
I really like the system above because it will allow me to "see" what I have been doing, accomplishing and what I haven't been doing. Of course, this is all determined on me actually doing my checklist. This is the reason why it is really important to put this in a place that is again, convenient and accessible.
By concentrating on my goals 10 days at a time, there is a greater chance that I will reach my goals and set myself up for success. My other reason for using this type of a chart is that once I have mastered my original goals I can add to them. My next goal will be to increase exercise to 4 days a week and then 5 days a week. This will allow me to set myself up for success.
What are your New Year Resolutions for 2013? Start small to transform yourself, your home, your space and your life. I wish you much success!
Linda Clevenger, Professional Organizer