Let me start the post by saying how weird 2010 sounds... seems like we should have flying cars and space suits... or at least cured cancer or achieved world peace by now... geeze!
So as a New Years baby I have been known to take this holiday pretty serious... party like a rock star the night before and clean the inside and out on the first for a fresh start. I have done a little research on New Years Resolutions and how to keep them for life. Because I have been told I am the only person who has a record of keeping my resolutions I thought I would share my knowledge (wink wink).
First, pick your ONE resolution carefully. Avoid resolutions that take too long to achieve or are too big to even last the first week. For example, loose weight, quit smoking, fall in love, travel to Europe... these type of resolutions will only set you up to fail. Instead think about one small thing that will make a difference in your every day life. For example, my very first successful resolution was to make my bed. It is a small chore that requires no help, materials, money, and there is no wagon to fall off. Making my bed made me feel like my room was clean and I love crawling into a made bed.
Next, make a plan. Think of exactly how you will execute your resolution. One of my other successful resolutions was to always have a book of stamps. So I found out where to order them on line, always buy two books at a time, and keep some at work and some at home- this way if I run out in one place I can pick some up from the Post Office on the way to the other place. I know it sounds like a stupid resolution, but do you know how nice it is to never run out stamps for bills and birthday cards that have to be sent on a time line!
Last, advertise your resolution. Tell everyone what you are trying to achieve. Good ole accountability! Plus, people are less likely to sabotage your goal if they know what it is! Another one of my resolutions, was not to save my "good"perfume, candles, undies, and lotions for special occasions... I was pretty bad about this at one point in my life and after I read one of those email chain letters about a husband whose wife died and he had to clean out all the stuff she never got to use , I was so sad I changed my ways. As soon as I get a candle I burn it. I bought a pumpkin candle in early October. I put it up to save it for later and Adam pulled it down and used it- ugh I almost slipped- thanks honey!
A few other resolutions I have kept include... flossing every day, cleaning out the trash in my car when I pump gas (although I don't pump gas very often so my car doesn't look like I do), throwing out stained clothes no matter how much I liked them. See, these seem so stupid, but they make my life easier in a small way.