In my opinion, creating resolutions for the new year is not very helpful. Often, we create super vague and grandiose resolutions that set us up for failure. Our goals for the new year tend to be very lofty, such as:
I want to lose weight
I want to get healthy
As someone who gets overwhelmed easily, new year’s resolutions like these are extremely hard to attain because they are not specific enough. Last year, I unfortunately made the resolution to cry more. Ummm…be careful what you wish for! This year, I have cried all the tears of my whole lifetime this past year. So, I guess that means I accomplished that one goal at least. 🙃
I think there’s a better way to navigate your goals for the new year.
Instead of creating one big goal for the new year, let’s treat a set of our goals like the One Room Challenge! Think about it: the One Room Challenge takes place over 8 weeks, not the whole year! By focusing on one space for a certain span of time, you make the goal of transforming a space more attainable.
Not to sound annoying like your boss at your job, but there is truth in that whole SMART goal analysis. Why not translate that to DIY and decor?
In review, goals that are SMART are:
Ready for the aha moment? The One Room Challenge is an exercise in SMART goals.
I know, I know…mind blown! 🤯
Firstly, this goal should be at the forefront of your design for a room or inception of a renovation project. Even in the planning stages, you should be asking if your goal for the space you will be transforming is SMART. Consequently, you can avoid sitting in your room with 5 DIY projects drowning you with 2 days to spare. In cases like that, maybe you got a little too much dip on ya chip!
(I know the goal of the ORC isn’t necessarily to finish, but it feels good to finish.)
But what does all of that have to do with the new year?
Alas, allow me to propose addressing a set of goals for the new year like they are mini challenges. You can chunk the year up however works best for you. What’s your January goal? Your February goal? What is your goal for the spring? For the fall?
In sum, your new year doesn’t need just one resolution. Your new year just needs a series of 6 One room Challenges. 🤣