Business Practices & Tips You Can Use at Home to Accomplish a New Year’s Resolution.
Peoples’ lives are very much run like a business. Although the morals and ethics of each individual’s life is diverse and unique in a special way, everyone utilizes standard operating procedures that help define who they are or how they operate within their personal lives.
The new year is rolling around the corner, and many have their personal intentions in mind to solve the past year’s, or past years, of unresolved matters.
There’s nothing a little strategy and campaigning couldn’t handle when it comes to forming a workable New Year’s Resolution proposal, however.
For those who want to obtain a beach body for the summer, make investments, plan for a family, purchase/renovate a house, or even drive up in a brand new car, it takes brainpower and effort to do those things. This means that behavior and actions play a major part in executing a well-thought-out plan.
Plans to make a behavioral change follow the effects of a ton of behavioral models. Among the many that exist, simple ones such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs cover an individual’s level of needs (from physical safety to emotional and self-development), and how they are likely to base their decisions upon whether those needs are fulfilled; Patrick Jackson’s behavioral model covers the primary steps central to influencing a human being to make a behavioral advance on a decision, product, service, etc. These models inherit the organization and structure to motivate you to achieve those goals once the new year rings in.
So, the question may be, why bring up behavioral models and theories of motivation to help with a resolution? Well, the answer is easy: The outcome of any resolution depends on how you think on planning, and act on pursuing it. Below are a few tips on planning your future accomplishments within your resolution checklist.
Step 1: Prepare
Before you get to the “meat” of your plan of action, it’s always good to find time to sit down, and take notes of all of the primary things that need to be completed within the home, first: food, health, safety, money and BILLS.
Simple tools used to get this process started are a pen, basic legal pad, two-inch binder with college-ruled paper, a moleskin booklet, or even a blank Word document (for those would rather type than write).
Purchase a medium to large-sized calendar to record and keep track of scheduled milestones and events, and for those that are upcoming or need a reminder, purchase colorful sticky notes (or any personal keepsake) that will help alert you.
Smart phones can be of great use, too. Calendars and special applications may reduce the need to purchase paper calendars and notepads.
After gathering notes on whether the house needs a new roof, what needs to be insured, and what kind of food is going to occupy the table for the new year, higher needs (and wants) can be addressed. The next step focuses on detail, organization, and planning.
Step 2: Set Goals & Play it S.M.A.R.T.
When preparing for a New Year’s Resolution, it is always good to set objectives and goals ahead of time. Although setting them may be one of the easiest places to start, playing it S.M.A.R.T. can be a challenge. S.M.A.R.T. is a public relations (PR) planning tool used to help business professionals effectively measure the progress and results of a project.
In the case of a personal pursuit, successfully anticipating the Return on Investment (ROI) of time, effort, and money starts with dealing a S.M.A.R.T. hand in the game of planning the ideal resolution plan. This includes:
- Being Specific and clear about what you’re trying to accomplish within a certain time period – If it is losing 10 pounds within three months, with March 2018 being the start date, then that would make a short-term goal. If the overall goal is to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out three days per week and eating a particular diet, then, that would be a long-term goal.
- Having Measurable objectives will determine whether the goal is worth pursuing – A broad goal needs numbered steps to be achieved. If purchasing a $200,000 home by the end of 2018 is a goal, the objective of saving towards that goal must have definite and even more specific measurements of action (monthly, weekly, and/or daily method of achieving the goal).
- How fast you are able to take Action on the pursuit matters –Are you able to deliver results in a reasonable amount of time? Starting a task and being persistent is what helps deliver accurate results and progress. Taking action is what brings one closer to an intended goal.
- Matching the objectives with Realistic intentions is necessary for a plan’s success – Being realistic is a time of honesty and reflection. While a deadline is set for this New Year’s Resolution, the question that should ultimately be asked is whether the factors of time, measurement, and action are realistic. Could a $200,000 home be fully purchased by the owner (no mortgage) with only an income of $60,000 a year and no prior savings? Or, could a 200-page book be completed in 4 weeks by only completing 2 pages per day?
- Measurements and actions should be tied to an intended deadline – Ensuring that a plan is Time-Based keeps tabs on tasks getting done and a goal being acquired.
Step 3: Order of Importance, Motivation, & Consistency.
Ordering one’s steps is a part of time management. Without a list of priorities, ideas and tasks become cluttered and scattered all over the place. When it comes to meeting New Year’s Resolutions, time is of the essence, and it cannot afford to be wasted.
Before anything is prioritized in order of importance, tasks must be properly organized. Step one covered note-taking and light assessment. This step looks into organizing those notes. A part of organizing includes placing certain items in sections and groups similar to its description. For example, all bills go into one section; the type of bill can be sub-categorized (insurance, utilities, car, misc., etc.).
Next, comes prioritizing. As explained earlier, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs specifies the level of human needs by way of importance. One of the many problems that New Year’s Resolutions face is procrastination. The main contribution to procrastination is wasting time, in which that action could be minimized through organization and prioritization.
Having the drive to carry out these actions related to attaining your goal takes energy and undying motivation. Of course, there will be times when you feel like giving up, but an inspirational reminder that may have encouraged you to pursue the challenge in the first place, may tune up focus.
Fitness journeys, for example, can be tough. Diet and exercise creates a fight between the mind and body. So, if another cheat meal becomes a menace, referring to a prominent fitness favorite may rekindle a few sparks to help remain firm on objectives.
Step 4: The Best Part.
These steps can definitely be counted on one’s fingers, but the most important task of all is maintenance. Maintenance involves habit; and, because habit is formed out of repetition, it is important that desired (good) habits replace, or suppress, the more undesirable (bad) ones. The real test comes when endurance runs its course. The good thing about habits is just that: when they are formed, it’s hard to let go of them. Research suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit. After that, it’s all about influences that could potentially break a habit to cause one to relapse. Some of the best advice would be to keep positive company who has faith in your goal, and you will have greater chances of achieving it.
As time winds near to the end of your resolution plan, be sure to have completed a well-prepared checklist that highlights every objective that you’ve pulled through on. Has it generated any useful data? Is there a visible change since day one? Whether you’ve fully reached your goal or not, the challenge was worth it and a big leap of faith! Happy New Year!