Keeping Resolutions


It’s time to make your New Year’s resolutions. It’s hard to make a big change in your life. A little planning can set you up for success.

From Wikipedia: A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.

Be realistic -- Don’t make your goal unattainable. Break down big goals into smaller ones that are easier to manage.

Write it down -- Putting your plan into words and tracking your progress will help you focus. If you do, you are more likely to follow through and stay motivated.
Do it daily -- Incorporate your resolution into your daily life. The changes you are making will become so routine that you won’t even have to think about it.
Don’t go it alone -- Tell someone what you goal is. Ask that person to support your efforts. Or find a buddy with the same goals, so you can motivate each other.
Reward yourself -- Set short term goals, and then reward yourself when you reach them.
Start right away -- Don’t put it off.
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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on January 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve been quite drawn to the “small” resolutions this year. I’ve hard them called “micro resolutions,” or monthly goals. I like these because they seem less intimidating, more achievable, and flexible. I can choose to focus on a professional goal one month, and then shift to a personal goal. Or, I can have a theme for my year, and set a monthly goal against that theme all year long. Here’s to success!

    • Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2020 at 9:18 am

      I like the idea of small resolutions. I might try this. Long-term goals are harder to continue motivation.

  2. Linda Samuels on January 6, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    It’s interesting that some years the big goals seem to dominate, while others, I focus on smaller goals. This year I am looking at an open intention. While there are a few things that I want to work on, I mostly want to remain open to ideas and opportunities that aren’t on my radar yet. I also recognize that certain habits I’d like to alter begin with micro (the term Seana used) shifts. So one thing I figured out is that I’d like to eat better this year, which includes eating fewer sweets. That also means NOT bringing home from the market my favorite- frozen chocolate-covered bananas. I ate my last one yesterday and when it’s time to shop this week, I won’t be buying any more. I’m sure I will have other temptations ahead, but for now, at least this particular one won’t be in the mix.

    • Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2020 at 9:21 am

      Yes. You and Seana are of like mind! I do think that small goals are easier to achieve.

  3. Janet Barclay on January 6, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Like Linda, I haven’t set specific goals this year, but I do have a one-word intention which applies to every aspect of my business and personal life.

    • Janet Schiesl on January 7, 2020 at 9:25 am

      What’s your goal for 2020? Mine is life balance.

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