Mindful Behaviour vs Resolutions – From Professional Organizers of Canada
It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions is depressing.
The New Year is often seen as a catalyst for wanting to make new changes in behaviour and lifestyle. Although most people feel they want to start positively – a fresh start can begin at any time of the year. Change the term of resolutions to mindful behaviours.
Recognize a lifestyle change is important and working towards it happens one step at a time. Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year – instead of a a singular overwhelming change – is usually more successful. Perhaps your frustrations are with:
- Clothes piled up on the floor or a chair
- Paper scattered all over the dining table
- Stacks of unread magazines
- Overflowing counters
Choose a habit or area that bothers you the most. Then:
- Assign a time in your calendar to deal with it.
- Make the dreaded task as pleasant as possible.
- Put on some enjoyable music
- Get a favourite beverage
- Bring in a friend to keep you motivated
- Resolve to finish it.
- Reward yourself.
- If you’re pleased, schedule another task
Be Realistic and Reasonable
By making your expectations realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep your goals throughout the year, incorporating healthy behaviour into your everyday life.
Replacing unhealthy behaviours with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
Perfection is unattainable. Don’t give up completely because you still have a pile of papers, the closet is still full or the decorations are still scattered because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes.