January 2009: New Year’s Resolutions – Make a Plan

Happy New Year! I’m not always one for New Year’s resolutions, but on occasion I have been known to make some. Unfortunately, I never managed to keep them! Statistics vary but approximately 95% of resolutions are not kept. People often set unrealistic goals but the biggest problem is that they have no plan in place. It’s leaving a lot to chance. Like the time I planned to lose 5 lbs but gained 5 lbs instead! I thought by just saying it – it would magically happen.

So once again, I made the decision to lose weight and get in shape but this time I have a plan. I have hired a personal trainer and he comes to the house twice a week and in between, he gives me homework. So far, so good! I feel I can do it this time because I don’t just have a goal but I have the road map so I can see where I am going and how I will get there.

I recently read an article about how planning meals ahead of time aids in the battle of the bulge. It makes sense because if you know what you will eat, you will likely stick to it and not just grab something on the run. I have been doing this lately and it is great because I plan out meals and healthy snacks and stick to them. No more grabbing unhealthy snacks or meals on the run!

I often equate things in life to organizing. You can buy bins and you can say you want to get organized but if you don’t map out time or have a game plan, it likely won’t happen. I say – set a goal and then make a plan so it becomes a reality. It may look something like this:

  1. Set a goal (for example “I want to be organized by March 15th so I can throw a party”)
  2. Block off time to organize (get family members onboard and write it in your calendars)
  3. Buy supplies (bins and shelving)
  4. De-clutter one area at a time
  5. Make a plan to discard unwanted items (call your local charity, make a trip to the dump, bring hand-me-downs to a friend or family member etc.)
  6. Maintain your plan by blocking off time every week or month to keep things organized (so your house can stay party-ready!)

For those of you who PLAN to get organized this year I wish you much success!

Like they say “fail to plan - plan to fail!