I have a hard time maintaining and succeeding in my New Year’s resolutions. I know that I am not alone, with many people either not making any resolutions or not making it past the three-month mark. I find that by the second week of the year, for me, I start to flag in my motivation to keep my resolutions. By February I am “resolution, what?”
I have a few ideas as to why that is the case. I don’t plan. I am not organized. And I don’t take any productive steps to make the changes in order to be successful.
Usually, December 31st rolls around and I am like: “Oh yeah, I need to make some resolutions to start tomorrow.” Then I hold them in my mind but make no attempt to write them down or plan out my path to success.
This year is a little different. I have already listed my resolutions and I really want to see myself succeed. But I have to organize myself first. I may be a couple weeks late, but better late than never?
So now that we have the first week under our belts, I pulled together some hints to help succeed in maintaining those resolutions through the power of organization.
The Science of Success: Personal Organization
Organization, for the most part, is the key to personal success. When I think of organization, I think of action plans, to do lists, calendars, and apps that flash reminders on your phone. To be fair, that tends to be the gist of organization. But what does it mean to be organized?
Organization is about seeing both the big picture/end goal and breaking it down into its smaller, more manageable parts.
College advisors have web pages that are filled with tips and tricks on how to organize yourself for academic success. Transferring these tips into a real-world application, these are great ideas for personal organization and managing your resolutions.
Maintaining Resolution Success
The first step is to ask yourself: what is the most important goal I have for myself this year? Look at the resolution as the journey to the end-goal, not the end-goal itself. As a fellow blogger, My MS and Me put it best: consider your resolution “aims”, not as a resolution. An aim seems more achievable, whereas a resolution has the stigma of failure attached to it.
Keep in mind: you don’t need to wait until January 1st to make changes. If the date is important to you, consider starting at the beginning of the month, or the beginning of the week. Otherwise, don’t wait a whole year. Start now.
Below are some steps for organizing your resolution/aims if you haven’t already done so: