Resolutions and Porch Swing

Join me on the porch swing as we discuss resolutions. It is believed that people have been making New Year’s Resolutions for about 4,000 years. January 1st marks the day when we look forward to resetting goals in anticipation of a better year. Then we had 2020, and you know what happened to many of those resolutions. This New Year there has been a shift in thinking in how a resolution should look like, if this social distancing is going last for a while longer.

Before we talk about options to resolutions, let’s take a peek into past New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Read more.

2. Travel more.

3. Start a business.

4. Spend more time with family and friends.

5. Quit smoking.

6. Save more money / spend less money.

7. Learn a new skill.

8. Get organized.

9. Lose weight – eat healthily and exercise more.

Broken Resolutions

Have you ever wondered why many people had already broken their New Year’s Resolutions by February? I did, and it made me think, “I don’t want to say the word resolutions anymore; I’d rather say goals.” The word goal can still sound daunting. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is appreciating the little things accomplished on a day to day basis. Instead of making these “general” New Year’s Resolutions, let’s say we are going to set small goals. This can be so much easier and doable; things you can check off your list week by week. Here are a few examples:

  • Lose weight. Instead you can say eat less sugar, drink more water and to exercise more can just be a dance-off in the morning to your favorite song while brushing your teeth.
  • Saving money can be easier if instead of impulse buying something you don’t need, why not put it in a savings account?
  • Read more by finding a book you are interested in reading and then schedule a little “me time” for you to enjoy it. If reading is not your thing, then download audiobooks.
  • Instead of saying you want to write a book, an option can be to just focus on a chapter at a time or create an outline or mind dump ideas.
  • Get organized by focusing on one drawer or one area at a time. You could hire a professional organizer or do some research on the internet or social media for inspiration.

Special thanks to Patti Parish-Kaminski and her magazine! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter. You’ll find her on the porch swing.

If you are still feeling stuck, contact me. I am ready to help you with your goals!

Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, and Author My Life is a Mess: Organizing 101 and Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life.

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