Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Fresh Approach to New Years Resolutions (Guest Post)

You know, Bootcampers, one of my favorite secular Christmas tunes is John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)". But although the tune is catchy, the lyrics leave me feeling a little sad.

"And so this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over,
And a new one just begun."

Gee, John, what have I done? I'm sure I made some New Years Resolutions last year, but for the life of me, I can't remember what they were. And that means I certainly didn't reach those goals, did I?

Today I'm honored to be sharing a guest post on this very subject, written by Simplify101's Aby Garvey.
This holiday season I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Simplify101 online workshop called "Get Organized for the Holidays." It has been entertaining, inspirational, and very instructional. I really thought there weren't too many more organizing tricks for this old dog to learn -- boy, was I wrong! The wealth of information was broad and deep, and my family has been reaping the benefits this season - which happens to be our busiest one in years. The teaching is clear, the worksheets are amazing, and the site is so easy to use. Beyond that, I've made some wonderful online friends from around the country and the world -- What a blessing!

It's too late for you to take the course THIS year, but it's not too late to be inspired in the new year! Simplify101's groundbreaking basic course, "Organizing 101: Learn How to Get Organized" is enrolling now! In fact, tomorrow is the last day to save 20% on the online workshop that makes it simple and fun to get organized and stay organized.

From Simplify101:
"If you’ve tried countless times to get organized, only to find yourself disillusioned with the process, Organizing 101 will help. Whether you find yourself panic stricken in the middle of an organizing project (because you've made a bigger mess than you started with,) you aren't sure where to begin in the first place, or you’re simply looking for some fresh ideas to build on your existing organizing systems, Organizing 101 shows you how to create an organized, functional and relaxing home. You’ll learn a straightforward organizing process you can use to organize any space, and build a customized organizing plan and prioritize your organizing projects. Plus, during the seven weeks this workshop is open, you’ll be motivated and inspired to take action and create change in your home. You’ll get prompt answers to your organizing questions from a professional organizer, Monday through Friday while the workshop is in session, and you’ll have the chance to share your organizing victories with the simplify 101 online community.

With the support, ideas and motivation from Organizing 101, you’ll start the New Year with a doable plan to get organized and stay organized."

The January session of the Organizing 101 begins January 25, 2011, but the early bird sale ends tomorrow! Sign up today to get organized for less!

Now on to some winter inspiration from Simplify101!

A Fresh Approach to New Years Resolutions 
 by Aby Garvey

Are you tired of making New Years resolutions that, by the end of January, are all but a fleeting memory? This year try a new approach. With four simple steps and four sheets of paper, you'll be on your way to making real change in your life.

Review Your Successes

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List your accomplishments on the first piece of paper. Write down those things you like about yourself or things you've done that make you proud. Do you have a great sense of humor? Are you a dedicated employee, a supportive spouse, or a loving parent? Dig deep and give yourself the credit you deserve.

Dare to Dream

On the second piece of paper, write down changes you'd like to make in your life. Would you like to improve your health? Change careers? Get organized? Spend more time with loved ones? Find more time for leisure or hobbies? Quit smoking? Start a new business? Write down the first five to ten things that come to mind.

Magic Wand Experiment

Now, with your list in hand, imagine you're handed a magic wand, guaranteed to make one of your resolutions come true. Which one would you pick? Write this down on your third piece of paper as a goal, using the following guidelines:

Make it personal: your resolution must be about you and only you. Use I and me to state the goal.

Be present: write the goal in present tense, as if you have already accomplished it.

Be descriptive: use adjectives that describe the benefits of achieving this goal.

Set a deadline: decide when you will achieve your goal. For example, "I peacefully and calmly live in an organized home by March 15, 2007."

Get started
On the fourth piece of paper, write down three actions you can take today to get started on your goal. These three items don't have to be monumental, just three simple steps that can move you in the direction of your goal.

Complete and repeat

Once you've completed the three things on your list, pull out your goal again and write down the next three tasks that will move you forward. Continue this process until your goal is achieved.

By focusing on just one resolution, and breaking it down into three simple steps at a time, you'll be well on your way to achieving success. Now, at the end of January, you'll be seeing real progress toward your goal, instead of a fleeting memory of what could have been.

Read the original article  at the Simplify101 site; Re-printed with express permission. If you'd like organizing tips delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for the Simplify101 newsletter


Thanks, Aby! I love your last line....real progress!
Go sign up for the newsletter or the course, and be inspired Bootcampers!
And then get to work!

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Heidi Schaap

Heidi is a child of God, a homemaker, wife to a studly backyard lumberjack, and homeschooling Momma to nine fun, highly energetic outdoorling children. Her family homesteads a small patch of woods in Ohio and when Heidi’s not in the kitchen baking bread or cookies, she’s growing veggies, playing tag with dairy goats, and shooing chickens off the front porch. Heidi loves books, natural living, and coffee…Actually, let’s put the coffee first. She is the author of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers, a book she hopes will bless you immensely.

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