It’s ironic when every year we make a resolution is also when we break our pledges to ourselves, whether it’s due to a lack of motivation, resources, or simply just a loss of interest. Here, we show you why you don’t stick to your own resolutions and how we remedy that mindset by turning to your resolution S.M.A.R.T-ly.
What are SMART goals, aside from its being coined as “wise”? You’ve probably heard of it many times before with its different variations; this acronym stands for: S-specific, M-motivational, A- attainable, R- realistic, rewarding or results-oriented, and T- time-bound, tangible and traceable. With these guidelines, you’ll find it harder to stray from your resolutions together with determination and focus. But before that, let’s take a look at why you don’t often stick to your so-called “new you” plans.
Reason 1: Extremely Lofty Resolutions
If you’re want world peace and end war, it might be a far-off goal to achieve, and it is not as much results-oriented obviously, because of its scale. Sometimes we question ourselves if we made the resolution because we really want to commit to it, or if we wrote it because we’re supposed to do it.
S stands for specific; this comes in handy if you’re confused what to achieve first. A resolution can always be lofty is because it’s not specific. By writing it down to measurable specifics like how many pounds to shed off and what weight to achieve or what to vices to avoid on certain days, it becomes clearer because we can picture it in our minds.
Reason 2: Time Management
Sometimes we realize our resolution is a bigger time commitment than we originally intended. Instead of trying to accomplish it all in one day, break it up into manageable increments. One way to adapt to this technique is by habit. It might be uncomfortable at first. For example, you might want to try to be clutter-free and organized for every 5 minutes until it becomes a nature to be organized.
M is for measurable, effective goals. It helps to specify what success looks like, and you do so by including measurement. This specificity is much more effective than the hope for a vague outcome. Start it on a span of minutes, days or months to give you ample time to commit to a goal.
Reason 3: Fantasy Resolutions
We fantasize a flawless and toned figure or that six-figure job, but can we really make it happen before the year is over?
A is for attainable. You can set ambitious goals, but make sure that you break down the goals into attainable steps. With this mindset, we are able to get at least one step closer to the ideal goal and stick to what is attainable. Same goes of R- for realistic; these aren’t just goals that you’re able to attain, but they’re also goals that you are willing to attain that comes with a change of behaviour, so pick up the confidence and stick with it. It is far better to succeed with a smaller, more manageable resolution than fail at a larger, loftier one.
Reason 4: Not Believing in Yourself
Motivation comes a long way to a certain resolution/goal. That’s where we are tested. Sometimes we need a pat on the back and congratulate ourselves to be energized, and look back to a progress and continue achieving the initial goal.
T for time-bound or tangible. Finally, a goal is a good as one that’s time-limited. You’ll find yourself giving a time frame that will boost your motivation. Just don’t make it too short, because you want to give yourself time to complete the goal while also making the behaviors into a habit.
Congratulate yourself with the progress. The problem is that sometimes we see the goal with a black and white perspective; there will always be a grey area.
An additional tip is to do the same goal with a friend. In that way, we can also motivate ourselves to do the resolution because we have a companion who is doing the same goal as well. With friends, we often offer kindness, praise, warmth, and positive feelings, but most people don’t speak to themselves that way. Commit to offering that same kindness and compassion to yourself. Avoid listing those typical resolutions, instead list them as your SMART GOALS to a prosperous new year.
Trendy Renovation Ideas for the Home or Condo. Part 4
by Christa M. Cañizares IDr.
Part 4: Upgrade your Choices
A. Create different moods with lighting. The use of warm colored indirect lighting such as lamps, colored LED back lights, or even string lights can create a cozy and relaxing vibe after a day’s work.
B.) Convert to smart home systems. From door locks, CCTV cameras, you’ll also be able to control and turn on lights, appliances even if you’re away from home. All you need is a wifi connection and the applications on your mobile phone.
C.) Hire a professional interior designer. We always get an impression that hiring a professional would be expensive, but they actually help you make the best choices and save you from making bad purchases.
Trendy Renovation Ideas for the Home or Condo. Part 3
by Christa M. Cañizares IDr.
Part 3: Maximize Impact of Small Spaces
A.) Storage spaces. You can go with concealed storage systems such as built-in cabinets on walls, under the bed or seating. Keep the items that you use often more reachable than the occasional ones. Choose what works best for your space and for your convenience.
B.) Showcase your collection of interesting conversation pieces, like items you acquire from past travels, an artwork, an heirloom, coffee table books or a collector’s item. Make sure to save a special place for them in your home.
C.) Move things around to attract renewed energy into your space. May it be moving a sofa to the adjacent wall, creating a dining nook near a window, shuffling your accessories on to a different shelf? Little efforts go a long way.
Trendy Renovation Ideas for the Home or Condo. Part 2
by Christa M. Cañizares IDr.
Part 2: Create Visual Interest
A.) Update your space with a fresh coat of paint. Some would love the white / minimalist theme, but one must also not be afraid to make a bold statement and have an accent wall, or even a wall mural.
B.) Mix materials and textures to create depth and contrast. Wallpaper is an amazing decorative material that you can use for an instant upgrade. Another inexpensive approach is to use patterns and texture on soft furnishings such as curtains, pillows and sheets.
C.) Setting up a coffee station, bar carts, vinyl corner, or workstation seems to be a trend to the young professionals nowadays. Add functional pieces that serve as décor at the same time.