It’s that time of year again, the time when we all make our New Year’s Resolution. Most of us go into it with good intentions but get frustrated when things don’t go to plan. It can make making a resolution feel meaningless. There are a few things you can do now though to make sure that you not only make a good resolution but keep it all year round.
Pick a Smart Resolution
Smart goals are the ones that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. A smart goal is designed to keep you both motivated and accountable. It gives you tangible steps that will motivate you to reach your goal. A great smart goal for a New Year’s Resolution can be to get and stay organized. It easily hits all the criteria and can have cascading benefits for most other aspects of your life. Make sure your resolutions are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant to your lifestyle, and have a realistic time frame.
Make a Plan
Even the smartest goal in the world is nothing without a plan to achieve it. Planning now helps you to stay on track when things get tough. If your goal is to get and stay organized, then listing out the areas in your life where you’re currently disorganized can be helpful. This could include your email inbox, your office space, car, anything!
Personalize Your Goals
Personalized goals are easier to keep than generalized ones. This means that you can take some time to think about what would work best for you in terms of a personal goal. In terms of organization, this can mean trying out a variety of systems, and finding what works best. Although there are many tips, resources, and ideas out there for any of your resolutions, there is no one size fits all approach.
Keep it Flexible
We so often take an all or nothing approach to New Year’s Resolutions, as if not completing the goal in its entirety makes the whole thing a wasted effort. This isn’t the case. Allowing for flexibility in your goals can be the difference between keeping your New Year’s Resolution and dropping it outright.
Be Kind to Yourself
Even if you don’t reach your goal, it’s important not to view it as a failure. Instead, reframe the experience into one of an experiment. Think about what worked, what didn’t, and how you can apply the lessons that you learned moving forward into a new year.
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