2019 is here and with it comes the dreaded question “What are your new Years Resolutions?”. As I’ve grown through the years I’ve never really found the need to Make resolutions for the New Year. If I fail, does it mean I wait another year to reset my attempt? Why wait for the New Year to set targets and goals? However, I do see the value of it for some. A New Year reminds or renewal and rebirth. A second chance to get certain things done. After all, it was a Year ago I started this blog with the hopes of becoming more expressive, reflective and to gain a certain literary flair. I like to think I’ve achieved this to some extent.
It was a long journey for me to be consistent in terms of writing on this blog, and although I wavered in some months. It has become easier. Towards the end of the year, I really came into my element and this was because of 3 simple tricks. It’s only fitting that I share these tricks on the platform where it all started.
1. Get organized
This is easier said than done. However, the new year is the perfect time to reflect and review on things you couldn’t accomplish and want to do so now. Clear out old clutter both mentally and physically. This about the clothes you never wore, the articles you never wrote, dishes you meant to cook but never got round to. Collect all your thoughts, organize them into SMART actions and write a list. The best thing I ever bought for myself as old school as it sounds was a Filofax. It helped me through depression, anxiety and being an adult. One day I might even write a blog post on it.
2. Track your Habits
I am a self-proclaimed organizational nut. My only downfall is that I am inconsistent. A wonderful way to overcome this problem is a Habit Tracker. Write a list of habits you want to keep or learn. Recent research led by a team at the University College London thinks they have uncovered just how long (on average) it takes for something to become habitual. They believe it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit. Without tracking that habit you rely simply on your mind that can be cluttered by a whole host of things. A great way to do this is by investing in a Filofax or there are plenty of free templates on Pinterest. For some really pretty personalized layouts, Etsy is also great!
Personally, I have moved to the digital world and OneNote is a great way to sync all your accounts.
3. Find an Accountability Buddy
My best friend Daisy came up with an idea that for the remainder of last year we would choose three things each to focus on. I chose: blogging, Learning Guitar, and programming. Every two weeks on a Wednesday we would call each other and update on our progress and any priorities we had to set. This worked well in some areas and others it didn’t. However, what is important is having someone to hold you accountable for the targets you have set. You are more likely to keep to your resolutions that way. It’s like having a Resolution trainer as opposed to a Personal fitness trainer. You motivate each other and have something to look forward to at the same time.
These three simple tricks could end up transforming your life or just simply making every day a little bit easier, with smooth workflow. Hope this is helpful to all who read!