A New Year always seems to come with resolutions. I read somewhere recently that the average resolution only lasts 6 days. Sounds more like your average bout with a cold to me, yet I can relate.
I guess a big problem is that we try to do too much all at once, making some huge commitment to change all at once, overnight. Yeah, like that works!
We get all enthusiastic about what we want to do and try to do it all in one shot and then end up falling off the ladder. We get back on and try again, and then fall off again. Wow, that sounds kind of like the last time I tried to put myself on a diet.
It comes down to habits. If we don’t adopt successful habit changing methods, we may just keep falling off the ladder and then get discouraged and quit.
Well this year, lets take a look at how we can use some habit changing methods to change that, one or two habits at a time. Lets not try to change every habit all at once, because the more we try to do the less the chance of success. When we can change just one or two habits then we can move to the next.
With a small amount of initial discipline let’s start out. Here are some tips to help create those new habits and make them stick.
1. Commit to 21 days. I have heard it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Let's mark our calendars with the start and end dates of our new venture. This will help motivate you when you see the date is really not that far away.
2. Start simple. Don’t worry about perfection and don’t try to completely change your work habits in a day. It is easy to take on too much. Just do a little, but do it everyday.
3. Set reminders. About two weeks in you may start to forget why you started, maybe some of the pain that drove you to making the change has subsided. Place reminders in your view so you don’t forget your goal. If you stop in the middle it defeats the purpose of starting in the first place.
4. Get a buddy. A co-worker, a family member, and on-line friend, whoever you can trust to support you and keep you motivated.
5. Stay positive. If negative thoughts come into your mind like “I’m no good at this”, replace it with, “I’m struggling with this now, but soon I will be much better at it.”
6. Make room to succeed. If clearing your desk off is a priority, have the proper tools, like a desk file sorter, to put your files into. Whatever the goal consider what you need to make it a reality.
7. Use a Role Model. If you know someone who is really great at what you want to do, spend time with them, learn from them and try to mirror them.
8. Consider the benefits. Get books, read articles and familiarize yourself with the benefits of a change. Imagine yourself enjoying those benefits.
9. Know the pain. Be aware of the consequences of not changing. Expose yourself to realistic information about the downside to not changing. This will add some motivation.
10. Do it for yourself. Don’t let other “Should” on you. Doing things out of guilt makes for an empty resolution.
When most people are tired after a hectic day at work, they long to go home as it’s the only place that gives them comfort, relaxation and peace. We feel so relaxed when falling into our cozy beds to enjoy a deep slumber after a strenuous day at work. Our 'Home Sweet Home' holds great importance in many of our lives.
Just imagine coming back home at the end of a long day to find your home in a great mess. All your belongings scattered here and there. Would this take away from pleasure of being home after a long day? What would others would think too, if by chance any of your guests or friends arrives during such a scenario. Would you be ok with the image your guests will see as they walk in your door?
Regardless of whether or not your guests would rate you as a disorganized person, most of us would not want this to happen. Generally speaking most of us will agree that coming home to a clean and clutter-free home is ideal. An organized and welcoming home and will not only keep you happy, yet will also help depict your good image in front of your visitors.
Let us find out how you can organize your home in a better way.
Every living area of your home is unique as they are made for a purpose. Each room in your home will generally hold specific things. For example, you will have bedding items, clothing, shoes and other accessories in your bedroom. Similarly you will have utensils, kitchen appliances, and food items in your kitchen. Your garage will store your sporting gear, gardening tools, perhaps laundry and other items. Your living area will house entertainment devices, hobbies, books, paintings and more.
The best way to organize your home is to identify what activities takes place in any specific room. This will help you in organizing your belongings according to when and where you use them, and organizing them in such a way that you are able to find what you need the moment you need it.
Having things organized by 'Zone' will help you remember where your things belong.
The most important thing will be for you to return your belongings to the same place from where they have been moved, when you done with using them.
The checklist below will guide you in placing your belongings according to your needs. You too can make your own depending upon what works best for you.
The above checklist will help you arrange your belongings according to the activities you perform in different living areas of your home. You can manage your spaces better if you plan everything in a systematic manner.
Keep the following tips in mind. They are a great help for making home spaces clutter-free!
I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to create a space that will serve as a peaceful and comfortable resting spot at the end of a hectic day.
Making it your 'Home Sweet Home' heaven.