I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t start a diet or a new work out plan with the rest of America. I’ve learned that saying I want to be more patient doesn’t actually make me more patient. I’m not vowing to read more books, eat less red meat, or buy more organic. It’s as good as it’s gonna get. Especially in January, when my fingers are practically frozen because my spouse insists that heating the house to 62 degrees is actually heating the house.
I don’t need resolutions. Resolutions are like promises, they mean nothing and nobody seems to really care if you break it.
But solutions? Solutions I’ll take any time. If anyone can solve the mystery that is my never-ending laundry problem, I’ll be tap dancing my way into that solution.
This year, I decided to implement one solution. Just one. It won’t solve world hunger or fix our economy. But it makes ending the day and starting the next one so much easier for me.
My solution is to take the last 30 minutes of the day (okay, by then it’s actually night) and organize my home office. Okay, it isn’t really a home office - more like a converted old kitchen table that I’ve reclaimed as my workspace. Items that need actioning, get actioned. Papers that need recycling, get recycled. Everything has a place and gets put in its place. And I can go to bed with a nice clean desk and wake up in the morning feeling like I’m starting the day in a better place.
It’s a small change. It’s the start of a solution to a bigger problem in my life. I’ve got to learn how to manage the chaos. My learning path started with the realization that if I’m not helping myself manage it then I am contributing to the chaos. So with a clean desk I start a new slate called 2010.
What are your resolutions solutions this year?