Happy New Year!
A lot of people will start New Year resolutions and end up quitting after the first month. It usually can be attributed to bad habits, lack of motivation or simply feeling incapable of meeting their goals. Let me be the first to tell you that they are WRONG! I know what it’s like first hand to make New Years resolutions and fail because I was not prepared. So what’s my strategy now? Plan. Prepare. Repeat.
As a college student preparing to graduate in the spring my entire life has become one giant planner. Planning for the upcoming semester, planning for graduation, planning for future employment, it doesn’t stop! A great way I found to keep myself organized while I plan is to make lists. This might be the oldest trick in the book and hey, even your mom does it, but you’re mom is a pretty smart lady so it’s about time you listened to her (or me). Start by making reminders in your phone or using post it notes. I usually make a daily list the NIGHT BEFORE of things that I need to do or want to accomplish for the following day. If you’re really forgetful make yourself a note to make yourself a list of things to do. Post it on your bathroom mirror, pillow case, head board, or wherever you’ll see it and make yourself a list!
So you’re now a pro at making list. You’ve earned the title ‘List Master’. You’re unstoppable! Now it’s time to prepare. Review your list and look at the tasks you need to complete. Ask yourself, ‘what do I need in order to complete these tasks?’. Once you know what you need start to prepare for it. For example, if your goal is go to the gym then make sure your gym clothes are clean, gym bag is in order and membership card prepared to be swiped. Boom, you’re out the door. No excuses! You prepared! Here’s another example: Your resolution is to do better with money. Make yourself a budget list and include how much you have, an itemized list of how much everything cost and how much you can afford to spend. BE REALISTIC! Once you have your numbers together you can successfully have a good time and do what I call ‘ball on a budget’.
Lastly, repeat! Once you have gotten the hang of your list making and preparing you’ll notice yourself executing tasks like never before. You’ll be so productive you won’t even recognize yourself. Break your long-term goals down into short-term goals and break those short-term goals down into daily lists. One by one check things off your list as you have completed them. Prepare for your list and you’ll be on track to the new and improved you.
Now that you have recovered from your hangovers and a prepared to get out bed, let’s get started on those New Year resolutions.
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