Our household paper organization system with binders for school paperwork for Diva, Receipts & Taxes, Hobbies, Book Club, Classes, Organizing, Magazine Ideas including Fashion, Decorating, Art Projects and Makeup/Hair
Watching that calendar roll over to a new year triggers something in most of us – a sense of new beginnings, a new starting place. Many people make resolutions to eat better, budget better, be better.
But, according to this article on Forbes.com, about 54% of people who make New Years resolutions abandon their big life-changing goals by June.
I think it’s time for a resolution revolution. Instead of resolving to fix a big problem – or ten problems – why not take the long-distance, slow and steady approach by breaking off small pieces of our larger New Year’s goals?
For example, let’s say you are like me, and need some improvement in the organization arena. Okay, you could use some help finding the word “organization” in the dictionary because said dictionary is buried under a pile of miscellaneous office crap in your attic. Instead of jotting down on a piece of paper that you WILL GET ORGANIZED, followed by a baker’s dozen exclamation points, why not start by saying you will get one thing – your family’s schedule, or maybe just your kitchen cabinets – organized?
One of the best organizing goals I ever set for myself was to give our daily incoming paperwork a home. It wasn’t like this one thing was going to magically fix all our organizational needs. But it took care of the daily problem of What the heck do I do with THIS random piece of paper?
Just last month, when we decided to see if we’d spent the money we’d saved in our flexible spending account for 2012, all I had to do was open the three-ring binder where I’d stashed the paperwork and add up the numbers. I used to have a panic attack any time my husband asked for a specific piece of paperwork. Now I open the appropriate folder or binder, and it’s usually right where it’s supposed to be. The solution wasn’t something that happened in one day. I gathered the tools I needed, made a plan, and now, here we are with most of our daily paperwork sorted into the correct slots.
The most important part of bringing order into one’s life are finding the tools to make it possible. You can’t build a tree house without lumber, tools, a tree, and most importantly, a plan.
That brings me to the New Year’s Resolution Revolution giveaway. We’ve taken three of the most common New Year’s Resolutions (lose weight/get fit and healthy, maintain a budget/save money, and take better care of oneself) and bundled solutions into one neat package for a lucky NNY Life reader.
Debra Patterson of Yoga by Debra and Alice Andrew Salon are teaming up with NNY Life to give away a package worth $300. The package includes a one-on-one private yoga session with Debra as well as a spot in one of her popular Restorative Yoga classes. Alice Andrew salon is chipping in a manicure/pedicure, a massage and a haircut, and NNY Life is throwing in a copy of The Money $aving Mom’s Budget, a book written by Crystal Paine of the tried-and-true most frugal website out there for moms – Money Saving Mom.
All you have to do is click on each of the options below, complete each of the four entry options, and voila, you’ll be eligible for the 2013 New Year’s Resolution Revolution package!