Happy New Year everyone!
One week into the New Year and I already know several of my New Year’s resolutions will struggle to survive. Especially the one where I convince myself that it’s time to clear out all the crap which keeps piling up in the house and gets crammed into cupboards or drawers.
For instance, I have one drawer in my kitchen filled to the brim. You open it and out pops half a dozen old batteries, Biros that don’t work, guarantees to washing machines I don’t even own. There are instructions on how to work my oven and microwave (dah!! You just turn the knob don’t you? Or am I missing out on something??). Yet I keep all this crap in this draw which I can hardly close, just in case, because I’m certain that as soon as I chuck the instructions and guarantees (all in Japanese anyway) away, my dishwasher will break down. I say to myself every year, this will be the year I will get organised. I will get files for everything. Colour coordinated from red to violet so that my office makes me feel like I’m sitting amid a rainbow. I will clear out the medicine cabinet of these half empty cough mixtures. Gooey bottles which are so sticky and green the sight of them is enough to scare a cold away and chuck the boxes of plasters that are so old they don’t stick any more.
Then I will revamp the spare room. I say “spare” room as if it is as defined by the Oxford dictionary as a room “not normally used and especially kept for visitors to sleep in” well, I’d like to see my guests sleep on the Black & Decor I have in there and the wood shavings of my latest DIY project. It’s not a spare room at all, rather a magician’s room where all the odd and missing socks magically appear, where the toys that nobody ever plays with end up in and about twenty different towels, and I have no idea where they’ve come from.
By the time February comes around my resolution to be more organised peters out, I tell myself that surely it doesn’t count as a resolution, it’s called Spring cleaning isn’t it? There, the pressure is off, I feel better already. When Spring comes around, it will be put back on the New Year resolution list, and this time next year I’ll have five or six more towels to add to my collection, more wood chippings and several more odd socks.
Generally, New Year’s resolutions are health-based, people vowing to take more care of their bodies in the coming year, give up the booze, the fags and get into shape. Unfortunately about 88% of people fail in keeping their New Year’s resolution, (sorry if the statistics are a bit discouraging).
So five easy steps to help you get through the year keeping to your goals are:
- Only make one resolution. (That way if you break it, you only break one! lol) On a more serious note, it’s easier to focus on one goal instead of loads. Put all your energy into that one aspiration. Try to choose a realistic resolution, preferably one you haven’t struggled to keep previously.
- Regularly remind yourself of the benefits. If you’re trying to give up smoking or trying to get into shape, remember, though you may sometimes struggle at times to keep to your goal, remind yourself of the health benefits. Of why you want to lose weight or give up smoking, nobody said it would be easy, but the key is to keep focused and not give up.
- Split your goal into a series of time-based steps. For example, if it’s getting fit, don’t just think of the end goal, which may be running a marathon in two years time, focus on little steps which will get you there. For example, your first 2 km run without stopping, that’s brilliant! You’ve achieved the first step, be proud of yourself!
- Give yourself rewards for achieving your each step. Every time you accomplish a small milestone in your journey, congratulate yourself. Break the journey up, this way and it will become more enjoyable.
- Expect to have small set-backs, and don’t make these a reason to give up altogether. You only fail when you stop trying.
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