Want to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions? Learn How to Manage Your Time

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Are you looking to keep your New Year’s Resolutions?

The keys to success don’t lie in the resolutions you’ve vowed to keep, but rather how you manage your time.

Today’s post offers a few time management reminders to assist you in keeping your resolutions for 2014.

If you’re looking for some tips on how to plan a successful resolution, be sure to check out my post from last year, Organizing Tip: Plan A Successful New Year’s Resolution With A Memo.

Manage your days, not your year.

When it comes to resolutions, it’s best to not think about managing the entire year that’s ahead of you, but instead managing each day that comes to you during the year.

Stop focusing on 365 days and start focusing on one day at a time. Are your actions in sync with your resolutions? How can you use the time that is given to you today, this very day, to help you get one step closer to your resolution?

Any time spent working towards your resolution is time well spent.

Let’s say you made a resolution to practice playing your guitar for 60 minutes each day. If you’re starting out cold, you realize you can’t commit to the full 60 minutes at first. Should you give up? Of course not! Instead of focusing on time itself, simply work on your actions of picking up the guitar for a few minutes each day. Don’t worry about not meeting your final time goal right out of the gate, or if you’re putting in “enough time” towards your goal. Just put some time, any time towards your goal. It’s all a step in the right direction.

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There is never any wasted time.

Did you fall off your weight-loss resolution by eating that whole pint of ice cream last night? While it might seem like you’ve taken a giant step back, wrong turns, mistakes or errors are not wasted time. They are opportunities for you to correct your path and really commit to your goals. At the very least, you did enjoy yourself eating the ice cream, right? On a more serious note, okay, you didn’t spend your time in the manner in which you intended, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes right now and learn from your mistakes. Each moment is a new segment of time for you use to your advantage.

How about you? Do you have any resolutions for 2014? What are they? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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