Webster’s Dictionary defines resolution as,
the act or process of resolving something or breaking it up into its constituent parts or elements and, the thing determined upon; decision as to future action; resolve.
Most of us know what a resolution is, we just don’t seem to know how to keep them.
I don’t usually make ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. I considered them, something people thought they ‘should’ do, just because everyone else was doing it. I think I may have been looking at things all wrong. When you consider, resolutions were recorded by the Babylonians as far back as four thousand years ago, I decided to look at things in a different light. The Babylonians believed that whatever a person did on the first day of the year, it had an effect on the rest of the entire year. With this in mind, I considered what it would take to make, just one New Year’s Resolution and then come up with Five Ways to Keep that Resolution.
Experience tells us that if a goal is too hard to accomplish, we lose interest and motivation. We are defeated before we get a good start. On the other hand, if a goal is too easy, why bother?
I am not a lazy person, I’m just not very organized. Consequently, I have a messy house, a messy computer and a messy life in general. With some serious cleaning, some written goals and a ‘plan of action’, I think I could solve my organization problems and clean up the messes that I’ve created.
So, my New Year’s Resolution is, “To Become Better Organized”. Out with the clutter, the mess, the aggravation and the stress. In with a clean house, deadlines met, more time to work and more time to play.
With my New Year’s Resolution made, I have decided that these are the five best ways to keep my resolution.
1. Make a list of reasons for my un-organized behavior and why I want to change it. How can I work in such a dis-organized state? Did I make this mess all by myself or did my family contribute to the problem? Would I be happier if I were more organized? Set some goals and time limits, then keep the lists and goals handy to read whenever I’m tempted to revert to the old behavior patterns.
2. Anticipate the situations that create disorganization and try to plan in advance how to resolve them ahead of time. Set priorities and enlist my family to help accomplish the essential tasks. Set aside some time to relax each day. But, only after everything is organized and in order.
3. Keep one calendar. It needs to include work related information and deadlines, personal appointments and family events. Everything that I have going on in my life needs to be kept in one central location. This will help keep me on track and avoid any scheduling conflicts, forgotten birthdays and missed deadlines
4. Reward myself for the small successes. When my monster mountain of mail has finally been leveled, buy a cute little basket that is just for my mail. Then, if it doesn’t fit into my basket, it’s time to go through it. Instead of moving the clutter from one room to another, to get it out of site, once it’s been sorted and the garbage discarded, purchase an attractive unit to store only those things that I simply cannot get rid of.
5. Set time limits without making the goals impossible to reach. Ever notice that, ‘tomorrow never comes’, it’s always today! Time limits need to be set fairly, so that the goals are within reach. If I have four articles that need to be written, instead of putting them off until tomorrow, I need to give myself actual deadlines with dates. If the actual deadline is two weeks away, give myself a deadline of a week and a half. Then, if something unexpected occurs, there’s some time to work with. I find that waiting until the last minute, on anything, tends to contribute to the clutter in my life.
There are other ways I could include to help me keep my New Year’s Resolution, but these were the Five Ways to Keep My Resolution that most directly addressed the problem I want to resolve, in ways that were both, practical and permanent. These five ways are my ‘plan of action’ and I’ve already started to work on them. I’ve purchased a big calendar.