Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions

Are you already struggling with keeping your resolutions? Are you discouraged because you didn't do so well in keeping them last year? Or are you just looking for some ideas to keep you motivated? Well you have come to the right place! Here I've listed several tips and tricks for keeping your New Years resolutions. Hopefully you will find something that can help you achieve your goals.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!
~Ithilwen :)

Chapter 3

Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for Being More Organized

by: Ithilwen
Whether your resolution is to keep tidy, be on time, or to save money, the tips included below will help you to be more organized and efficient. At the end of the chapter, you will find links to online resources that can help you beyond the little tips found here.

- Create a "morning playlist" that runs for the exact amount of time you have to get ready and out the door in the morning. Have each song become increasingly more energetic. You will be able to tell how you're doing on time by which song is currently playing.

- Spring clean all year round. "Spring cleaning" is when you thoroughly clean your space (vacuuming, dusting, etc) and sort through your stuff. Make this monthly practice so that it doesn't become overwhelming.

- If your closet is overflowing, a neat trick to sort your favorite clothes from the ones that are barely worn is to reverse the hangars. After you wear an item and go to hang it back up, flip the hangar back around. At the end of the year, you'll be able to see which clothes you wore, and which ones you should consider donating or getting rid of.

- Plan your outfits the night before. This will give you plenty of time to stand in front of the closet and debate what to wear, or to do any last minute laundry.

- If you don't already, do your own laundry. This is a great step to take if you're looking to be more responsible. If you're able to follow through all the steps (washing, drying, folding, and putting away) in one day, then you are well on your way to becoming a functioning adult.

- Set an Internet timer for 10 to 20 minutes a day. This may not seem like enough time at first, especially if you're an Internet addict. But this shorter time frame will encourage you to pick and choose your online priorities, and teach you how to efficiently go through them all. Also, try not to spend this time before bed, as the stimulus from a computer screen interferes with sleep.

- A good rule of thumb for staying tidy: don't go to bed until your space is clean.

- When doing homework, keep in mind that brain power is lost when switching back and forth between tasks. So if you have the TV running, are texting your friends, or singing along to music, you will have a difficult time focussing on your homework.

- The most efficient way to learn is to teach. Experts say that with this method, about 90% of the information is retained in your memory. If you simply read it, only 10% with be retained; if you write it out about 40% will. However, also take into account your personal learning habits... you may learn better by hearing, seeing, or physically interacting. So study yourself first.

- Another good memory tip: it's best to go over the material before bed. Studies have shown that you are more likely to remember something if you studied it right before falling asleep.

- Make a habit of writing things down. Even if you have a good memory or a smart phone, it's best to write down any engagements, assignments, lists, etc. Not only does the act of writing things down help remember them, but having them on paper (and somewhere visible) will hold you more accountable to them.

- Use cash as often as possible. This gets rid of the illusion that you have unlimited funds when you use a credit card.

- If you're saving up toward buying a special item, consider using a creative savings trick such as the "52-week savings plan." At the end of every week, place a dollar amount into a savings jar that is equal to the number week you are on. So for the 1st week, you’ll put in 1 dollar. The 2nd week you’ll put in 2, and so on, until the 52nd week where you will put in 52 dollars. At the end of the year you will have a total of $1,378! If setting aside large sums of money may be difficult for you at the end of the year (the holidays, etc), you can cut it off a few weeks early and still have over $1,000.

I hope that you found some of these tips beneficial toward your resolution(s). Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these ideas, would like more information, or have any corrections to report/ideas of your own to submit!

Helpful Online Resources:
Article on Distraction, Attention, and Multitasking:
Ideas to Organize Your Home:
Life Hacks:
10 Tips for a Mindful Home:
118 Ways to Save Money in College (some can work for younger ages too):

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