So often we come up with these great “New Years Resolutions” and then we struggle to stay motivated. Why is this? We work hard for a couple weeks and then we gradually shift back into our old habits. Here are some practical steps for achieving the goals you set for yourself in 2015:
Acknowledge what you accomplished in 2014
Set aside time to reflect on 2014 and write down all of your significant accomplishments in detail. Whether you choose to journal or take a nature walk, this time is for you to acknowledge your achievements. It’s important to recognize the hard work you have done before determining what you want next year to look like.
Determine what you want to achieve in 2015 and why
Be realistic about what you want to achieve, but don’t be afraid to dream big. People don’t fail to reach their goals because they are too ambitious, they fail because they don’t have a plan. Most importantly, determine why you want to achieve these goals. The sooner you begin to explore what motivates you towards certain outcomes, the sooner you will make better decisions and experience more fulfillment.
Commit your goals to writing
Writing down your goals will force you to clarify what you want and then motivate you to take action. Writing goals down and reviewing them on a regular basis will provoke you to take the next step to achieving that goal. Do not make a long list of things you want to do because you will get distracted. Research shows we are not able to focus on more than 7-10 goals at a time.
Visualize what you want to accomplish every morning
Mastering a morning ritual is key for success. You need to start your day by setting an intention. Figure out what you want to accomplish throughout the day and visualize what it will look like to get to that place. Visualization is a powerful tool goal setters use to reach the outcome they want. You need to establish a specific plan each day to take you closer to your desired outcome. You can’t go on living your life the way you always have, or you will get the same results as you always have.
Re-examine your goals periodically throughout the year
It’s important to periodically go through the goals you have set for yourself in order to track your progress. At the end of each month look back and see if your goals still make sense, and if they don’t adjust them. It’s okay if you decide to no longer pursue a goal, as long as you are making the decision with intention, and not out of emotion.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2015? Tell your friends and family about your goals because this is another great way to be held accountable. We want you to have your best year yet!
For some of us the only thing worse than a cluttered home, is actually cleaning a cluttered home. The key is getting your home in order and then figuring out an organizational system that works for you.
- Go through every room and get rid of things you no longer use.
Dedicate one week to each room in your home. Take the time to go through every closet, every drawer and take every single item out. Put things into a keep pile, a maybe pile or a discard pile. Be realistic about the last time you used the item and whether you will miss it when it’s gone.
- Start with the kitchen. Take an inventory of all utensils and cookware and get rid duplicates, damaged items or things no longer used.
- Tackle your closet last. It can be difficult to throw away clothes because we have a tendency to think we may be in the mood one day to wear something that we haven’t worn in months. It’s important to be realistic. When you have established a pile of clothes you want to keep, organize them into seasons. Put all your summer clothes in containers and when summer comes, swap them out and put your winter clothing away. This will create more room in your closet, making it easier to see what you have, and choose an outfit.
- Make a home for every item you have decided to keep.
Walk around your home and pick up items that are lying around and making your house look cluttered. Buy a little basket for your TV remotes, a hook for your keys and a container to sort your utensils. Write down everything you need and pick a day to go out and buy the organizational units, as well as larger storage containers for the things you don’t use every day, like linens or Christmas decorations. When everything has a place, tidying up on a daily basis becomes easier and also more enjoyable.
- Develop smart buying habits.
Analyze every new item you are about to buy and envision where in your home you will put it. Ask yourself if it will serve a purpose, or just take up space. If you are replacing something, get rid of the old item as soon as you bring the new one into your home.
Now that everything is in order, the challenge is to keep it that way. Dedicate 10 minutes before you to go to bed toward cleaning your house and making sure everything is in place. This way you avoid doing one big overwhelming tidy at the end of the week and your home always looks presentable. Waking up to a clean kitchen also makes the mornings a lot more enjoyable!