I think we’ve all been there… We countdown the days to New Year’s Eve with a list of things we’re going to try to change or accomplish throughout the coming year – only to find ourselves sometime in June or July realizing that we are failing miserably. The most common New Year’s Resolution of all time is probably to finally stick to all the older New Year’s Resolutions we’ve put up throughout our lifetime – and yup, you guessed it, they never happen. Ever.
But as cheesy as it sounds, change will not happen unless you make it happen. You’ve got to set it in motion. And yes, it is possible, so how about making 2015 your year? (Even though you probably said the same thing about 2014. But forget about that.)
That brings me to my first tip:
1) Forget about the failed resolutions. Yup. Just forget about them. With a long list of things to do, it can be hard to find the motivation to bother with any.
2) Pick a realistic goal. Don’t tell yourself that you will stop procrastinating all together if you’re a huge procrastinator – for you, trying to cut that in half would probably be easier. That way, you are kind of still allowing yourself to procrastinate – just less. This will be more achievable so you’ll manage a lot easier. Sure, you will still procrastinate – but one thing at a time. Besides, you’ll still be getting more things done. Win-win, right?
3) Write the resolutions down and keep them somewhere you will see them. Perhaps you could put them on your mirror. Maybe as a reminder on your phone that goes off every now and then. You could even make it your screensaver. Whatever you choose, just make sure you will see it often throughout the year. This way, you will have a constant reminder.
4) Acknowledge the little wins with treats. Sticking with the procrastination one, even if you don’t manage to kick the habit as fast as you’d wish or perhaps you still procrastinate more than you’d like to admit – it does not matter. Any change is good – even if that means you just watching one less YouTube video a day. It’s still one step forward, and that should be acknowledged. And for all that (hard) work, you should get a cookie. So go have one. (Or perhaps you’d prefer some chocolate or another ten more minutes of sleep in the morning? Pick whatever you’d like.)
5) There is always next year. If all else fails, you do have more time. There is no need to try to fit it into 12 months. I’m going to be cheesy again here, but you have the rest of your life to work on it. Don’t stress it.
With that said, I hope you all had a wonderful 2014. For those of you who did accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions – good job! And for those of you who didn’t, myself included, we can start this year. 2015 could be our year – if we decide to make it ours. Happy New Year’s fellow Bladinare!