Actually Make a Change to Your Life (& Home) in the New Year

Feeling stuck with your life or homemaking this year? Make a change to your life in the new year with one effective strategy.

Think about the past year for a moment.

Have you made any noticeable changes from last year at this time? Or are things pretty much the same?

If you feel stuck in a rut, it might be because you are stuck in a rut.

I’m willing to guess that you don’t want to feel stuck forever. But you might be stuck because you don’t know how to change. If you do know how to change, you just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

I completely understand. So often in life, I think there’s a funny pull in knowing what you should do and actually doing it.

When you follow through with the things you should do, you can see change – and typically change for the better. Yet when you ignore the changes you know you should make, for whatever reason, you end up feeling stuck. But you also have the annoying reminders that you need to change and simply haven’t.

Feeling stuck with your life or homemaking this year? Make a change to your life in 2018 with one effective strategy.

What needs to change?

In your home, this might look like you obviously know you need to get around to decluttering. Your rooms and spaces are bursting at the gills. You feel like you’re drowning in stuff and have absolutely no idea where or how to start digging yourself out of the mess.

Maybe you know you need some sort of plan of attack for cleaning. Weeks go by and your home gets dirtier and dirtier. You might have a cleaning spree every now and then, but the weight of household chores is dragging you down. You’d love to use some sort of a system to keep you on track, but you keep putting it off.

Or your daily routine is so random that it’s driving you up the wall. You need to find some sort of order – both for your own sake and your family’s – but every time to you try to figure out a daily or weekly schedule, it never works out for more than a day or two. Living in defeat, you keep muddling along.

As one year ends and you're faced with successful and failed resolutions, figure out a good approach to the coming year so it can be your best year ever.

An end to one year means the beginning of a new year

Every January 1st, I make resolutions – and goals – for the year. But left only  as resolutions, they usually fizzle out by February 1st.

Now that this year is wrapping up, I can think back to the resolutions I made on New Year’s Day and know exactly what I accomplished (purging and organizing my home – and keeping it cleaned and organized) and what I failed to do (get completely out of debt, file a huge pile of photos, seriously stick to an exercise routine, cut out sugar).

I’m afraid to put my failed resolutions on a to-do list for yet another year, because of my disappointment. Yet ignoring them won’t make them disappear.

As this year ends and I’m faced with my successful and failed resolutions, I’m trying to figure out a good approach to the brand-new year so it can be my best year ever.

To do that, even now before Christmas, I’m using a few days to examine what went well … and what didn’t. 

When you know you want – and need – to get serious about accomplishing something, try these 3 things...

The key to making lasting change

To make any difference in the new year, I know I need to use a strategy – the same strategy I used to actually accomplish any resolutions this year. I’ll gladly share it with you so you can make a difference in your new year, too.

When I know I want – and need – to get serious about accomplishing something, I do 3 things:

1. Know what I need to change.

Since I learn and remember things better by writing them down, I make a list of exactly what I want to change, along with every single step I need to take.

2. Know when I’m going to make the changes.

Once I know what I need to do, I figure out exactly when I need to do the hard work. This involves examining time to work and then scheduling it.

This step also includes setting deadlines along the way. If I don’t have a serious deadline to work toward, I’ll procrastinate or forget about my goal.

3. Get to work.

Now that I know what I need to do and when I can do it – and when I need to finish – I simply work my plan. Not that working a plan is necessarily simple. Plenty of grit and hard work is needed to stick to it.

But the actual process isn’t a difficult one.

As I set my goals, create my plan and then work my plan little by little, I also pray for strength, guidance – and, typically, plenty of multiplied time. I’m often reminded of Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

When I do pray, I notice work actually gets done. As I commit my work to Him – and as I work for His glory – it does seem like my plans are established. When I don’t, it’s easier to lose focus and drift away from what I know I should do.

You can use the same strategy in your own life – and home – now and in the new year.

By knowing what you need to change, making goals, creating a plan, and working that plan, you just might be surprised by the noticeable changes in your life next year at this time.

And you just might be surprised you’ve gotten out of your rut.

Know you need to make a change to your life in the new year? What is it?

Need peace?

If you focus on all the messiness of life, it can be easy to believe that peace is elusive, if not impossible.

Yet you can experience peace in the middle of any situation. Really! Over the next week, Hilary Bernstein will email you each morning with a Bible verse about peace, a brief devotional to help you hide it in your heart, and a printable Bible verse.
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