Leslie Huikko, Nicely Done Organizing

At this time of year, we hear a lot about resolutions.

What is a resolution?

Here is my favorite definition of a resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

And here is what I like about it: The “firm decision” part sounds, so, …well…decisive. Being a Decider is empowering and fun. The “to do or not to do something” part is sufficiently vague to make it seem like anything is possible, without getting all bogged down in the details of how or when or what comes first.

For a resolution to be powerful, it needs to be personal. You’ll need to do a little reflecting to find the right “firm decision” for you. Ask yourself what you want more or less of in your life, and your resolutions will flow from there.

Resolutions are not One-Size-Fits-All

Some people benefit from resolving to say “yes” more often, while others need to get comfortable saying “no.” Making the conscious decisions that your current job suits you and supports your goals can transform how you feel when you arrive at work each day. On the other hand, deciding to pursue new career goals propels you in a different direction. You get the idea.

Change is inevitable once you have made a resolution. Change is invigorating and gives you hope. That said, even when change is on your own terms, it can be hard. You will need support in whatever form works for you: a cheerleader, an accountability partner, on-line support, or all of the above. Be sure to line up support in the beginning and celebrate with your supporters when you get where you are going.

While the new year offers a logical time to launch yourself, you can make a resolution any day you feel like it. If you are not ready to roll with yours on January 1, no worries. It might help to schedule some time with yourself to give it consideration. If you know today what you want to change, don’t wait for January 1st; get on with it. Once upon a time, I believed there was a magical point in the future where there would be “more time” to do things. I have since realized that there is absolutely no better time than right now to get started on just about anything.

So go ahead. Make a resolution. It’s no big deal. Unless you consider that a good resolution can make every single day better. In that case, it is huge.

About Leslie

I founded Nicely Done Organizing in 2007 to help people gain clarity and make good use of their space and time. Many years in the social service field taught me that taking action is the most powerful antidote when we feel stuck. I help clients get unstuck by offering practical strategies, accountability, support, humor and perspective. I have a highly-developed sense of “don’t tell me what to do,” and my working style respects that others feel the same way. My degree in Business Administration and Masters in Social Work guide my work daily. In addition, I hold a Level II Chronic Disorganization Specialist Certificate and Level II ADD Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.


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