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Resolution Tactic #1: Simplify


OK now that we’ve gone over my top 10 tactics for how to rock your 2012 resolutions, hopefully you have a good idea of what your resolutions & un-resolutions are AND how you’re going to achieve them! But if you are still uncertain on the how, I thought it might help to break each one down further to better utilize them this year.

So with that, let’s start with resolution tackling tip #1… Simplify!

I can’t stress enough how crucial this step is, and how applicable it can be to just about any area of your life. It should always be your first step, to make sure you are set up for success before you go diving into that big ol’ pile of mess.

So how does this relate to your resolutions?

Well let me ask you this: Have you made up your list of resolutions and are now wondering how the hell you’re going to actually do them all? Well before we get to the part of breaking those goals down into more easily digested pieces, let’s get a bit more realistic about the size of your plate.

Look at your list of resolutions and ask yourself:

  • “Do I really need this many goals?”
  • “Are any of these less important or too much to tackle all at once?”
  • “Can any of these be consolidated together?”

And be honest.

If you have more than 10, try narrowing your list down a bit.

Keep your list simple and actionable, and you’ll have a better chance of actually completing them all.

For example, I could have made a resolution to reorganize my entire house, but that would have been biting off more than I can chew, and might have taken longer than 1 year. Instead, I kept it simpler and easier by aiming to organize the clutter in just my work space only. I may be able to move on to other parts of the house from there. But for now, I’m keeping myself focused on this reachable goal first, and giving myself the option of saving the other rooms for another year.

Now let’s look at another example. The most popular New Year’s resolution of 2012, and very likely every previous year, is to lose weight. But try not to set your sights too big (or in this case, small). You may not reach your goal weight in one year – in fact, depending on how much weight you want to lose, it may not be terribly healthy to drop that much that fast. So instead, set your resolution to more realistic figures, and include other useful measurements besides just weight, like your body mass index (BMI) and percentage body fat.

Simplify by keeping each resolution to something you can actually measure and meet. Simple may not mean having a really short list with really few words. It’s good to keep it concise. But it is far more important to make your resolutions simple to achieve, than just simple to read.

Happy Simplifying!


Author: Rebecca Ahn

Writer. Producer. Editor. Warrior. And one Tough Cookie!

11 thoughts on “Resolution Tactic #1: Simplify

  1. Thanks for the tips; they’re very valuable to living a fruitful life. Without these important steps, we would all be walking zombies. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

    • Thanks for your comment, wartica! Glad you found the post valuable, and I look forward to your thoughts on more to come. 🙂

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