Tidy Spaces Tips for Sticking to Your New Year Resolution
As 2020 comes to an end, one of the most celebrated holidays is just around the corner: New Year’s Eve! An evening full of laughs, champagne, and excitement for a fresh start, this holiday is always a blast. But after all the celebrations calm down, it’s time for those of us who have set New Year resolutions to hunker down. Whether you’ve set a physical goal, like training for a marathon, or something like becoming more organized, it’s not uncommon to find yourself struggling to stick to your goal all year long. In fact, studies have shown that only about four percent of people actually keep their resolutions for longer than the first week of January. If this sounds like you, keep reading for Tidy Spaces’s tips on how to stick to your resolution all year long!
1.Make your goal specific and realistic!
One problem many individuals make when setting their New Year resolution is making their goal too vague. Something like, “I want to become more organized this year,” is a very general and broad statement. Do you want to be more organized in your home? Or at work? With your time? If you are a generally messy person, setting a goal to achieve organization in every area of your life may not be realistic. Instead, start small with something like your organization at work desk, contact Tidy Spaces for decluttering and organizing, and expand to other areas as the year continues. This makes your goal more attainable and easier to stick to!
2. Find a good way to measure your achievements
Working towards a goal can be tiring and even discouraging if we are not seeing results. This is a large factor in why many people struggle to stick to their resolution. Finding a sufficient way of measuring your goal is a great way to track your progress and see results throughout the year. For example, if your New Year resolution is to get in better shape, a great way to measure that is by your ability. When you first start exercising, assess how many push ups or sit-ups you can do in a row using a fitness app, like MyFitnessPal, or the Health app for iPhones. As you continue to train, re-assess and record your ability every couple weeks. It’s a great way to visualize your growth and how you hit different milestones, even if you can’t see results in the mirror just yet! Additionally, if you live in an area where the gyms are currently closed, it’s important to have sufficient space for exercise at home. This can be quite challenging if you feel that your home is cramped or cluttered, so contact us at Tidy Spaces for a virtual organizing session, so we can show you how to optimize your space to help you achieve your New Year goals!
3. Make a plan and stick to it
Even if you’re not usually the “planning type,” like we are here at Tidy Spaces, making plans or schedules can be incredibly useful in achieving your goals. For example, if you are working towards saving a specific amount of money, create a system that will help keep you on track. Using an app, like PocketGuard, or a simple Exel sheet, can help you visualize the money you have and track how you intend to spend it, all while allowing you to see where you need to make adjustments to reach your goal. Plans are a great help, but sometimes we simply need the extra push of someone else holding us accountable. Find a friend or family member to set your resolution with; you can discuss your journey and help each other stick to your plans!
Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself for slipping up. Remember that perfection is an unrealistic goal. What is most important is that you do not give up! Resolutions should be a celebration of your abilities and your commitment to yourself— a means of personal growth! If you fall off your plan, pick right back up where you left off. These tips should be useful in setting and achieving your 2021 resolution; try them and let us know how they worked! And, of course, the Tidy Spaces team is always here for all of your organizational needs, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We wish you all a safe and happy New Year!