I learned about something wonderful recently. I think it's going to be revolutionary. I mean, REALLY revolutionary. I got it from the book I haven't been able to stop talking about: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Check out her blog at:The Happiness Project
As she goes through her year-long experiment of trying all kinds of "how-to" tips on being happy, she employs a very effective tool: The Resolutions Chart. So here's mine:
The way this works is the days of the week are listed along the top row and the resolutions I've made are listed down the column on the left. I've bought shiny metallic stars (gold, red, green, and blue!) to award myself every time I complete something. At the end of the week, I can see how many of my resolutions I have kept. For someone who likes visuals and who likes checking things off, I can tell this is going to be a fun way to keep of the things I want to employ in my life.
Feel free to take this template and update it for yourself. If you look at my resolutions on the left, I will tell you what my rationale was:
1. Build in some wins.
There are some things I already do every day. Since I don't deal well with failure, I've put in some things that I know I will do. Instamatic Win-o-matic.
2. Focus on the whole package.
I didn't want this to become all about my weight, or all about clutter. I wanted something more holistic. Yours can be totally different. Maybe what you really want to focus on is improving your finances. Your life should be your guide.
3. Think about your ideal self
I came up with a lot of these resolutions by thinking about the traits I would most like to have. Then I built actionable steps to get me to that place. I want to be a tidy person, thus all the decluttering resolutions.
Here's another resolution. I am going to take a picture of my resolution chart at the end of each week and post it here every Monday so you can see how I am doing. Will you share with me also? We'll keep each other accountable!
I realize it's kind of unfair for me to post this thing the day I'm starting, so if you like, give yourself a week to get prepared, and then start with me next Monday. But if you're ready to jump right in, c'mon!!
Let's do this together.