The Success of New Year’s Resolutions


January is Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month, an annual initiative sponsored by the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professional (NAPO). January is the time that most people reflect on what changes they believe need to be made in their life. Most Americans focus on self-improvement.

Inc. Magazine has reported the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2019 according to a survey of 2,000 people:

  1. Diet or eat healthier (71%)
  2. Exercise more (65%)
  3. Lose weight (54%)
  4. Save more and spend less (32%)
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26%)
  6. Quit smoking (21%)
  7. Read more (17%)
  8. Find another job (16%)
  9. Drink less alcohol (15%)
  10. Spend more time with family and friends (13%)

(I noticed that getting organized and being more productive is not on this list but, based on the long line of cars at the donation center I went to last Saturday to drop off donation for a client, it is likely in the top 20!)

Do you want to be part of the 8% of people that keep their resolutions? That’s right, only 8%. The best advice I have is to start small with one goal that is easily attainable, share your goals with family and friends, and celebrate your successes! Most importantly, don’t stress over your resolutions. Know when it is time to rely on others for support. You may even need to look for a professional to assist you reach more difficult goals. Professionals can help to save time and money, provide clarity, overcome obstacles, provide innovative ideas, build your confidence, and bring peace of mind.

Let me know if you made any New Year’s resolutions and what you are going to do to keep them?

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