The new year is here, filled with hope and promise! Rather than make New Year’s resolutions, which studies show most of us don’t keep, consider committing to making small changes. Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, save money, be happier or get more organized, making small changes over time can produce significant results. Here are some ideas to consider.
Save $10 per week
How many times a week do you stop to get a coffee or tea? Most of us do it because it’s easy and we love it. We can’t give it up totally, why would we want to? If you do it daily, try making it at home twice a week. The same goes for eating lunch out. We really enjoy it when someone else makes our meal and we just get to chow down! I know I do. Maybe try limiting the amount of times you eat out weekly. We all can save $10 a week, if we really try. Even if you save all of your change on a weekly basis, it really adds up. Give it a try!
Commit to working out
We can all find time to move our bodies more. Pick an exercise or activity that you enjoy and do it for 15 minutes each day. I wear a Fit Bit and make it my goal to get 10,000 steps a day. On days that I feel more energetic or have more time, I increase my goal. Go for a walk, do stretching exercises while watching TV, stand and walk while you’re working or talking on the phone. The possibilities are endless. Be creative!
Quit one bad habit
Most of us have bad habits that we want to quit and have wanted to do so for awhile. Try focusing on just one. Have you always wanted to stop smoking or biting your nails? Do you over spend and want to create and follow a budget? While changing habits can be hard, the rewards are great. Make a commitment to stop one bad habit. When you have rough days don’t worry, just re-start the next day.
We can’t give up everything we love to eat to lose weight, because it just doesn’t work. If we feel deprived, we won’t stick to whatever plan we’re following. Instead, decide to make small changes such as adding more vegetables to your meals or reducing your fat or sugar intake. Make the switch from white bread to whole wheat or soda to water, you get the picture. Change doesn’t need to be drastic to produce results.
Declutter one area
What areas of your home cause you the most stress? Make a commitment to declutter one area of your home for 15 minutes a day, every day until your home is how you’d like it. Spending a little bit of time each day decluttering can really be refreshing!
Small changes can make a big difference in your life. You don’t need to make major, drastic changes (unless you want to) to feel a sense of accomplishment and success.
Happy New Year and here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2019.
Look for more tips from Deb Cabral in the Times Telegram every Tuesday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show, "Organization Motivation!," at organizationmotivation.com.