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 mostThen:

  1. Assign a time in your calendar to deal with it.
  2. 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
  1. Resolve to finish it.
  2. Reward yourself.
  3. 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.


About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on January 15, 2015, in Office and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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