Also known as, “The Procrastinator’s Guide to Kicking off their New Years Right”.
Okay, so maybe you weren’t on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon. Maybe you were too busy, or perhaps the holiday season was so stimulating, you could hardly take the time to reflect on this past year and decide where you want to go in 2011. Or maybe you spent your time playing Okami on the PS2 and marathoning Misfits. (Or…maybe that’s just what I did. Oops!)
Either way, maybe making a resolution list and checking it twice wasn’t the highest thing on your priority list but you still want to make a change. Good news: it isn’t too late!
Identify Habits Worth Changing – So maybe you weren’t able to brainstorm things you wanted to do, and the generic ideas (“eat better”, “go to the gym”) aren’t good enough. If that’s your problem, try to be mindful of your day-to-day activity and recognize behaviors you’d like to alter. The best part is that you don’t have to spend much special time doodling an impressive list – you’re just going about your day!
Maybe your cluttered desk is a source of irritation, or you realize that you’re spending entirely too much money on take-out and Starbucks. Take note.
Keep in mind, some of the things worth changing may not just be your habits – take a hard look at your living conditions or even the people you choose to surround yourself with.
Determine Your Next Action – The reason vague resolutions (see above) tend to fizzle out are because they’re so general, you don’t know what to do or even when to start. Eat better? What does “better” mean? More local? Less processed? More vegetarian? And how much “better” is enough? Make steps that have clear actions attached to them, and if possible, quantify your goals. (e.g. – read two books a month)
Do it – now! – Okay, so the whole deal with procrastination is the fact that you put this off until the last minute. But the surest way to get started is to get started as quickly as possible. The good part about waiting past New Years to form a list of resolutions is the fact that you don’t get to lose steam as you wait for January 1st to approach. Start tomorrow! Or even right now!
What’s your New Year’s Resolution, and how do you plan on keeping it?