New Years and Resolutions

Starting a new year is always a time of reflection, for me and for a lot of people, I’m sure. I have been thinking about setting resolutions for 2013 (I ALMOST wrote 2012) and realized that they just don’t work for me. I don’t know if it is the pressure of it, or if the determination just sort of fades away after the first weeks days of January, but regardless I never can seem to keep them.

This year, I decided to do something a bit different. Instead of making a resolution, I am choosing a theme for the year–a single word to kind of represent how I want to improve myself this year. It kind of falls into every aspect of life, and it’s a sort of mantra to live by. My word for this year: “Organized.”

I chose this word because I know that I have a lot of areas of my life that are really disorganized: clutter in my home, how I spend my time, food (I am always a “last-minute” type of person with food, which means scrambling to make something or, more likely, going out or ordering something in), pretty much everything, embarrassingly enough.

So, my goal is just to organize my life better. I might choose to focus on one area each month ala¬†The Happiness Project¬†(for example, do meal planning in January, tackle clutter in February, and so on), or just take it a day at a time. I’m not sure which yet, but that’s not the point of the whole thing anyway. The point is to remember my word when making choices and try my best to live by it. Now, since this has always been a bit of a weakness of mine, I have my work cut out for me! I do know that it will improve my quality of life, and so I am prepared to work hard to get and stay organized!

What are you doing for New Years? Are you making resolutions? Goals? I would love to hear about how you are welcoming the new year.