Resolutions — Resolving to Make Solutions

19, Feb 2007

“The process of resolving something”.
“A firm decision to do something.”
According to the dictionary, this is what we set out to do whenever we make New Year’s Resolutions. I often say, that a list of things to do is nothing more than list of intentions.

How successful are you in actually doing something about your list?

While speaking to a colleague of mine, Michelle Dunn, who is a Professional Coach, she tells me that the Top 10 New Years Resolutions are:

  1. Lose weight and get in better shape
  2. Stick to a budget
  3. Reduce debt
  4. Enjoy more quality time with family and friends
  5. Find a soul mate
  6. Quit smoking
  7. Find better work
  8. Learn something new
  9. Volunteer and help others
  10. Get Organized

I am not surprised Getting Organized is on the Top 10 List. At the beginning of each year, the phones ring off the hook, with overwhelmed people trying to kick the Clutter Habit once and for all.

According to research from Polivy and Herman:

  • 25% of New Year Resolutions are abandoned in the first 15 weeks (that’s the week of April 9, for those who are keeping track)
  • The average number of resolutions made is 10
  • Those managing to make a resolution last for 6 months or more, have already tried 5 or 7 other times, before finally succeeding

Michelle often works with her clients to help them to get a better kick-start in achieving their goals, helping them to deal with some potential barriers to their success. We both agree that you must adopt a different attitude. What will you do differently this year to make your resolutions work?

Here are some tips that we both agree on:

  1. Don’t expect to be perfect (you home or office does not need to be on the pages of Metropolitan Home, it just has to work for you)
  2. Setbacks and mistakes are great learning opportunities (there is never one solution for everyone)
  3. Keep goals realistic and attainable, with measurable goals (remember my 15-minute-sort?)
  4. Write your goals down, revisit them often, tell someone, ask for help
  5. Goals must mean something to you (it’s not about what the magazines, TV, your family or friends tell you)
  6. Start immediately — don’t wait for inspiration — take action now and inspiration will follow

Change is not easy. In fact it can be down right scary. Take the time, be kind to yourself, stay committed, and persevere. The rewards are huge. Just image…Walking into a room and finding anything in 15 seconds or less…Being able to have anyone drop by any time, without notice…Not feeling overwhelmed when you have to complete a project.

What are you waiting for? Make 2007 the year you get Out of Chaos.


  1. I found this by accident just because I have the same name as your friend. I do a much similar job, but loved your topic, this is a great post! I am glad I found it!
    Michelle Dunn

  2. Thank you for your feedback. Congratulations to you, for the fantastic work that you do in the Credit and Collections Industry. As an independant business person myself, getting a business off the ground and seeing it flourish is no small task. The Professional Organizing Industry is a young industry in Canada and predominately women entrepreneurs. I applaude you and your successes!
    Linda Chu

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