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Anti-Resolutions or Resolutions You Can Keep


 Resolution Reality:

  • Twenty-two percent of all New Year’s resolutions are broken in the first week according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Only 10 percent of people who make resolutions actually succeed, according to surveys. — Washington Pos

So how are your resolutions coming along?
If you’re anything like me and most Americans, you have great intentions and may even organize and plan to follow through, but it’s just not happening.

That’s why I choose to make Micro-goals. They’re teeny. And so they’re easier to make happen. When you complete one tiny-goal, start on another. String a few micro-goals together and you really start to get things done.

(Samples you can adopt or adapt)

1. I resolve to put garbage in the garbage can immediately.

2. I resolve to clean out my car  garbag and door pockets when I put gas into the car.

3. I resolve to learn to use at least one electronic device that I own (and currently don’t know how to use).
First I will find the manual for the ___.

4. I resolve to put all of January’s receipts in one place. That place is ________.  I’ll think about it again in February.

5. I resolve to throw out or give away one thing every day this week. (put into a give away box).

6. I resolve to throw out all my pens that don’t work.

7. I resolve to look at my shoes today. Tomorrow I will put  any shoes that are uncomfortable into a bag.  The next day, I will take the bag to the car. The next day I will drive to a charity drop spot and drop them off.

8. I resolve to keep only ____ rolls of wrapping paper in my stash and not buy any more until it is used.

9. I resolve to get a calendar today if I don’t have one or begin using an online calendar to keep track of appointments and tasks.

10. I resolve to write down this week’s appointments in the new calendar. Then I will look at the calendar to remind myself of the appointments.


Just for fun, you can also make some  ANTI-Resolutions that you know you can keep!!!

There are a few kinds of Anti-resolutions:

1. Things I know I won’t do in my lifetime

2. Things I might not do by accident

3. Things I will actually have to try not to do


Sample Anti-Resolutions (or TO-Don’t list)

1. I will not climb Mount Everest this year or ever.

2. I will not eat a dozen doughnuts in one sitting.

3. I will not spend ALL my potential retirement savings buying cool stuff.

OK, those were just for fun. Some real ANTI-Resolutions idas:

1. I resolve not to get on facebook or play other games for more than 30-minutes.
(set timer on your phone when you begin)

2. I resolve not to buy new clothes if there isn’t room in the closet.

Keep it short so you don’t have to keep track of what you are not doing.

Try making a short To-Don’t list every day! This way you can feel great about getting so much less done! And it will keep you on your toes!


Allison Carter likes fun and funky organizing. She is a creative, right brainer and thinks it is more fun to organize if you love how your space looks. So she utilitzes color, shape, pattern and texture to keep herself and her stuff organized. Check out her web site at The Professional Organizer!

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