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Article By: Aleeya Wilson
I’m sure that we all have started to get tired of hearing “New Year, New Me,” and seeing people post about their New Year Resolutions at this point in January. But with the recent addition of the new series “Tiding Up with Marie Kondo” now on Netflix just in time for the New Year, now would be a great time to think about all those projects that we want to start in the new year. Our resolutions can be as large as buying a new home, or as small as going to the gym twice a week. No matter what it is, there are four easy changes that we can make in the new year in order to make our resolutions possible.
Without a game plan, it is a lot harder to make our resolutions happen, and thus, it is easier for us to procrastinate on them. Although procrastination is easy, developing a way to hold ourselves accountable for our goals is a surefire way to stay on track. By becoming more organized in our day to day lives, we will finally have that extra time in the day to meet up with friends, call Mom, or even finally read that book that has been collecting dust on our shelves. By incorporating these four steps, we can all have a shot at having a more organized life in 2019.
Write out Goals and To Do Lists
It is difficult to stay on track of what we have to do if we don’t know exactly what we are doing. By keeping a to do or task list, it is easy to see what we need to do next in whatever area of our lives. For example, if there is a large project stressing you out at work, try writing a list of steps that pertain to your larger objective at hand. Just like writing an essay outline, by breaking a large goal into a series of steps, it is easier to build up to the complete task later.
Having a list of goals is also an excellent way to turn your resolutions into a reality. “S.M.A.R.T” goals is an acronym that makes your goals more realistic to attain. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. For example, if you are looking to buy a house, you wouldn’t want to try to get the largest mansion you can find in six weeks, the smarter goal would be to try instead to work towards reaching a down payment for your dream house within a time range that works with your budget.
Keep a Calendar
Much like “S.M.A.R.T” goals, keeping a calendar will help you stay on track with long term and short term projects. Although writing down your daily schedule is always a good idea to keep on track, keeping a calendar of things that you have to do holds you automatically accountable to not only your goals but also yourself. By writing down the things that you have to do, there’s less of a chance of procrastination.
Apps are also a great way to keep track of our to-do lists, and calendars. I use Google Calendar to keep track of all my event and deadlines. It’s the most convent way for me to intergrade all the moving pieces in my life into one centralized point. I can import events and tasks from Gmail, see what I have to do for the month, the week, or the day, or even by the hour. But the best thing is that I can have everything sync as it happens. I get push notifications on my phone as reminders, so I remain as punctual as possible.
Although calendars are mostly used for the more tedious parts of our lives, make sure that you schedule time for fun and hobbies!
Make Time for Hobbies and Fun
Life is more than just work, so make sure that you schedule enough time for having a little bit of fun! Although life can be serious at times, it is good to take a step back and do the things that make life enjoyable and fun for you. Is there a new movie that has recently come out that you can’t wait to see? A concert tour that has been announced by your favorite artist? Friends that won’t stop texting you to hang out? These are all things that you should make time for. You never know when you’ll have the chance to get to do them again.
Hobbies can also be tied to goals. Is there a video game that you just don’t have time to beat? A new gym that you’ve meant to check out? An original recipe that has popped up on your newsfeed, that you’ve intended to try? These are all goals that you can accomplish quickly, and that you will have fun also doing!
Keep A Consistent Bed Time
Let’s face it, no one is superhuman (well, technology hasn’t gotten us to that point yet), and that means that we all must sleep at some point each day. Studies show that having a more consistent bedtime is one of the keys to success in this day in age. Although as much as I want coffee to be a substitute to sleep, there’s no way to make up for lack of sleep beside sleeping. Most adults need around 6-8 hours of sleep, so try to make sure that your bedtime allows you enough time to rest for as much as possible.
This article from the National Sleep Foundation also has some handy tips for getting more sleep and making it a part of our regular routine.
Hopefully, these tips will help you stay organized this year! If not, there is always time to make these goals your new resolutions.