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Organizing: Do You Need a Resolution Reboot?
Organizing: Do You Need a Resolution Reboot?

Back on January 1 did you make a resolution, maybe to lose weight or to get more organized this year? I wanted to check in with you and see how that was going so far this year. 

What? You’ve fallen off the resolution wagon already? Don’t worry, you are not alone! 90% of people who make resolutions don’t succeed in meeting their goal. And you know what? That’s ok.


Making a resolution and meeting that resolution head on are two complete different beasts. Making a resolution involves our best intentions and often what we think we “should” be doing. Tackling that resolution and meeting your goal is about fighting your current (often bad) habits and coming out on top even when it is a struggle.


So if you didn’t make it past January 6 with your goal to give up caffeine, let’s have a resolution reboot. Here are some things you can to start over.


Make your goal smaller.


If you goal is to be more organized, be much more specific with a much smaller goal. For example, you could say I want to have a more organized closet so I can get dressed quicker in the morning and get out the door on time. Then don’t worry about tackling this project in a day or even a weekend. Start with one shelf, one drawer or even just one hanger. Make a decision or an action and then another. If you really want a more organized home, divide your home into sections and tackle a new one every month or two. Don’t try to do it all at once or you will overwhelm yourself.


Make your goal a verb.


I don’t always make specific resolutions like I am going to lose 10 pounds. A few years ago I started picking a theme word for the year. Sometime I even pick two, one for work and one for personal. This year my work word is Focus which you’ll notice is a noun and a verb. I want to have focus on my goals for my business but in order to do that I need to focus on what is important.


Make your goal your password.


One way to be more successful at meeting your resolution goals is to keep that goal front and center in your life everyday. What better way to do that than to integrate your goal into your computer passwords. For example, if your resolution for the year is to stop smoking, your password could be a variant of NoSmoking. Of course you don’t want to use the same password for every website so it could be 1FBNoSmoking for Facebook and 2TWNoSmoking for Twitter and 3INNoSmoking for Instagram. Every time you log into a site you will be reminded of your goal.


Bundle Your Temptations


Do you know you need to go to the gym but you really just want to binge watch House of Cards on Netflix? Do what behavioral economist Katy Milkman suggests and bundle your temptation (those TV shows) with a good behavior (getting on the treadmill). Trying to eat better? Try to only eat chocolate on days when you work out. Mixing the good new habit with a guilty pleasure can actually help you stick to your resolutions. Learn more about temptation bundling listen to this Freakenomics podcast.


Ditch the resolution all together.


Now that we are almost 60 days into the New Year and you gave up on the resolution a long time ago, it may be time to let it go all together. Maybe it’s not the right time to give up caffeine when you have a 6 month old who isn’t even close to sleeping through the night. Maybe it’s not the right time to train for a triathlon when you are working 80 hours a week. Everything has it’s season and this may not be the right season for this goal. For the sleep deprived mom, perhaps a switch from diet soda to green tea will still give the much-needed caffeine boost with healthier effect. For the would be triathlete, concentrate on getting out for a walk or a run 3 days a week. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.


When it comes to resolutions, we seem to hold ourselves to crazy high standards. We want to do it perfectly and when we fall off the wagon, we just kick the new behavior to the curb. Remember that perfection is not possible. Let good be good enough.


What goal would you like to reboot?



Like what you’ve read? You may also enjoy:

The Three Ss for Getting Organized this Year

Organizing Your Mind for the New Year

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Andi Willis is a Home and Photo Organizing Expert and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is a Professional Organizer who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life! 


Find Andi at Good Life Organizing, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969. Check out her guest blog and videos on Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Blog. You can find her ebooks exclusively on Amazon.

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