Got a New Year Resolution? Hold on….

January 4th, 2013

Happy 2013! I do not know about you but I’m really looking forward to the new year. And I’m not going to freak out about the number 13, it’s going to be lucky. Do you have lots you want to accomplish this year? Me, too! Have you made your resolutions? So have I! Have you already jumped in feet first and began those resolutions? STOP!! Hold your horses!! I never begin my resolutions in the beginning of January. I know that may sound strange but keep on reading and I’ll tell you why & maybe you’ll agree with me.

36% Of All New Year Resolutions Are Abandoned Within 30 Days

Yup that’s the honest truth. And by the 6 month mark over 50 percent of people have called it quits on their resolutions. I’m pretty convinced that starting these new life habits; whether it’s to lose weight, quit smoking, or my personal favorite – get organized, should not be attempted in early January. Here’s why:

1. Many of us are still worn out from the holidays. I mean they JUST ended. We need some recovery time. Who wants to start exercising when what we may really need is a nap?

2. The Christmas tree is still up. At least it still is in my house since I’m waiting for my neighborhood’s annual mulch fest this weekend. You cannot begin anew with a sparkly tree staring you in the face.

3. Post holiday blues are still lingering. Yes, they do exist and it takes a couple of weeks to get over it.

4. We are just now getting back into our daily routines. Holiday parties, shopping/prepping/cooking, staying up late with the little kids, traveling, sleeping at relatives homes and no school for many days on end have thrown our daily sleeping, eating and exercise habits into a tailspin. My son just went back to school this Wednesday. We just finished all the left-overs tonight. I need a full week of normalcy to get back on track.

Right about now you’re probably thinking “OK Ms. Smartiepants. When should I begin my New Year quest for greatness?”

I’m a HUGE fan of easing yourself into it and making sure you are fully prepared both mentally and physically. Take the next week or so to realistically think about what you want to accomplish this year. Put it all down on paper. Be extremely detailed. Instead of saying “I want to get organized.” Be specific about exactly what that means to you and what area you want to start in. When will you accomplish each task? Write down dates next to these tasks to help keep you on track.

Do your research. Get books, look in magazines or YouTube to see just what accomplishing your resolution entails. Talk to friends that have done it and get tips. Seek out professional help if you really need it. Even just one session with a pro can make a big difference.

Once you have a step-by-step plan in place and you’ve given yourself a giant pep talk, then set a date on your calendar to begin. Don’t procrastinate. Begin no later than Valentine’s Day.

So here’s to 2013. With a bit of planning, I know your resolutions will become a reality. May everything you wish for come to you this year! You deserve it!!

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