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6 Foolproof Organization Tips To Keep Your New Years Resolutions on Track

You’re motivated.

You’re focused.

You. Are. Ready.

Your New Year’s Resolutions aren’t getting away from you this year.

These are easy claims to make when it’s still January.

How do you maintain this level of inspiration throughout 2018? Are people that stick to their resolutions all year long magicians? What kind of coffee are they drinking?

The truth is that maintaining your New Year’s Resolutions isn’t rocket science, and it has nothing to do with magic (although coffee of any kind will probably help). A few organization tips are all you need to stay on track with your goals.

Try these six foolproof tips from MakeSpace, a convenient and less expensive alternative to self-storage that serves Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC. You’ll still be going strong come July, no witchcraft or wizardry required.

1. Write it down

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Saying to yourself, “I’d like to read for an hour before bed instead of playing on my phone,” is great. Jotting that goal down is even better. By identifying your objective and physically documenting it, you’re more likely to follow through.

Write your resolution(s) down in a place you’ll see every day to serve as a constant reminder of what you’re aiming to achieve. Keep your list inside of your daily planner, pinned on your family’s command center, or simply stuck to the bathroom mirror.

2. Establish a time frame

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Getting finances in order is a popular New Year’s Resolution, but a tough one to enact.

Deciding that you’d like to save money in general is a good start. Now determine how much money you’d like to save, and how soon.

Let’s say you’d like to save $2,000 by the end of the year. Dividing that up quarterly, you should have $500 saved by April 1st. With a measurable period of time by which you can deduce whether or not this goal is feasible, you’ll be able to determine the possibility of the resolution as a whole.

So if it’s March 15th and you’ve only saved $150, it might be time to adjust your expectations. Either become more stringent with your budget, or modify the total amount saved by December to reflect your current spending.

3. Re-adjust your routine

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Truth time: If you expect to notice differences in your physical and/or mental health, you’re going to have to change some things up.

A complete overhaul of your routine isn’t helpful (or realistic), but a minor change or two will help facilitate the kind of “new you” you’re going for.

For example, if your resolution was to become healthier, you’ll need to adjust your schedule to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity two or three times a week. Whether that means setting your alarm a little earlier in the morning, or getting home a little later at night, rework your routine to incorporate your goal.

4. Track your progress

How do you know how phenomenally you’re crushing your goals if you don’t record your progress?

Keep track of each success, no matter how small. Observing and celebrating each aspect of a larger accomplishment will help keep you motivated.

Start a food journal and write down everything you eat and drink throughout the day. As you work to make changes to your diet, examine what might be hindering your success. Is that 2pm Diet Coke entirely necessary, or could you get the energy boost from a cup of green tea? What would happen if you kept fast food lunches to just Fridays?

As you slowly swap in healthier options, you can begin to take notice of how your skin, sleep, and mood are affected. Write it all down. Nothing’s more motivating than having your happiness documented.

5. Break it into chunks

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Having a huge, all-encompassing resolution for the year gives you one thing to focus all your energy on.

Great for zeroing in on making a big change.

Not great for maintaining long-term motivation.

Instead, break this substantial goal into manageable pieces. If your main resolution for 2018 is to get a promotion, figure out the steps you need to take to get there.

Step 1: Request more responsibilities.

Step 2: Educate yourself to properly execute these responsibilities.

Step 3: Exhibit leadership qualities.

Step 4: Accept and build upon constructive criticism.

Step 5: Confidently request the promotion.

It would be easy to get overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on a new role. By taking it one step at a time, you’ll be able to excel at each level of the process and demonstrate your value to your company.

6. Find an accountability partner

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Sticking to a New Year’s Resolution is tough stuff. Why not make it easier on yourself with a buddy?

Find someone who’s hoping to achieve a similar goal as you, or who might be a bit ahead of you in reaching this goal. On days when you need an extra push, you’ll have a motivated partner to provide that boost (and vice versa).

If it takes more than an inspirational text to keep you liable, download an accountability app like 21Habit. You’ll initially pay $21, and for every day you work toward your goal, you receive a dollar back. On days you fail to follow through with your resolution, you donate a dollar to charity. This is a great way to establish a habit by tying some monetary incentive to it, so that when the 21 days are up, you can stick to your goal on your own.

This year, eliminate the phrase, “I’ll try again next year,” from your vocabulary. With some simple organization tips and a dash of drive, you’ve got the magic elixir for finally sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions.

This post was written by MakeSpace, the hassle-free alternative to renting a storage unit that picks up, stores, and delivers your stuff right back to you. Leave schlepping back and forth to a storage unit in 2017. For a new year and a new you, there’s MakeSpace.

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