Too often, we make resolutions at the start of a new year that we don’t keep by year’s end. According to research conducted by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people who set a resolution on January 1 stick to it through December 31. In fact, the same study reports that only 64% make it to February.
Below, we share a few tips to help you sustain the second most commonly set New Year’s resolution—getting organized.
1. Don’t Over-Commit
In the excitement and anticipation of a new year, we can sometimes get a bit overzealous in our resolution selection. We think BIG, which can then create a mountain-sized task for us to tackle.
Don’t set yourself up for quick discouragement. Instead of resolving to keep your entire house meticulously organized, focus first on your garage or select rooms.
2. Make It Thoughtful
Make your resolution purposeful. Resolutions that have a reason behind them provide the motivation needed to remain focused.
In the example of a garage, are you reorganizing your garage to sell a shed? To buy a new car? Figure out why you’re setting your resolution, and use that as a driver for success.
3. Don’t See Small Departures as Complete Failure
No one is perfect. You will have days where your organization skills are off the charts followed by a day or two of disarray. Accept that this will happen, and don’t let it discourage you. You’re not off track until you give up.
4. Hold Yourself Accountable
If you think you might have a tough time sticking to your resolution, take a step to hold yourself accountable. Keep a journal and write down your daily progress or ask a friend to check in every few days to see if you’re on track.
New Year, New Organized Life
Take the tips above and put them to work. Stick to your New Year’s resolution with a strong plan, thoughtful foundation and focused determination.
How will you stay organized this year? Share tips of your own in the comment section below.
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