Did you set goals or resolutions this year? According to the Wall Street Journal, this is the week we start to poop out on our resolutions. In other words, in the third week of January, “resolve starts to waiver.” Have you found this to be true? Has your resolve started to waiver? Mine hasn’t. And do you know why? It’s because I did not declare resolutions this year. Although I am a goal-oriented, resolution-setting kind of person, I decided to try something a little different this year. And so far it’s working. I am turning goals into habits. Instead of a few hard core resolutions like I have been known to make (I will NOT eat sugar, I will NOT lose patience with the kids, I WILL lose 10 pounds, I WILL organize and micromanage every possession I own, I WILL brush my dog’s teeth every day) – you get the idea, I changed it up to see if I could be successful for more than three weeks! For each month of the year, I set a goal that I want to become a habit. I am hoping that focusing on just one thing each month enables me to work diligently for 30 days to form a new habit.
A new habit should be realistic enough to be reachable but challenging enough to be worthwhile.
One of my goals, for example, is to organize my pictures. This has been on my NY resolution list for at least 7 years. I NEVER get it done. I have broken that larger task into smaller to-do items and they include:
- Rounding up all of the pictures from my phone, computer, and camera and corralling them on my computer.
- Organizing the pictures into events and storing them in folders by year. (I think – I still am not sure about this Mac lingo)
- Deleting all duplicates and bad pictures
- Uploading the pictures to a site where I can print albums for each year
- Making and ordering the albums
- Setting up a picture process so saving pictures becomes automatic and pictures stay organized.
That last bullet is the most important and it is the habit that I hope to create. After I clean up and organize the mess, I must create a process by which I will be able to process the pictures from the various sources in an organized manner so I never have the mess again. Another one of my goals has to do with processing e-mail on my computer and phone. I will devise a process to clear out my e-mail box by the end of every week. Hopefully, by the end of the month it will be second nature to process my email and I won’t see “450” peaking out of my phone’s mailbox. Although it takes 66 days to form a new habit, my goals will be cumulative so I think it can work. By that I mean I will continue the habit(s) from the previous month(s) as I move forward through the year. I should have 12 great new habits by the end of the year! Are you sticking to your resolutions?