Intern Elizabeth’s New Year’s Resolution: To Become More Organized

Need a little help setting a resolution that will last this year? We’re here to help! Throughout the month we will be sharing healthy resolutions from our team members, community members, and a few nutrition and health experts along the way. Want to share your New Year’s resolution with us? Send us your answers to the questions below and we’ll share your resolution with the rest of the Around the Plate community!

Many of you probably already know Intern Elizabeth. She has been with Around the Plate for quite some time.  What you might not know is that Elizabeth wears many hats. In addition to being a part of our team, she is also a community coordinator for Chobani Champions. Between the two, she talks about food and health a lot! Yet even Elizabeth has many health-oriented goals she would like to tackle. We asked her to share her 2013 resolution with us, and this is what she had to share:

AtP: This year, my resolution is to:

Elizabeth: To become more organized- specifically in my bedroom, but hopefully in all areas of my life as well.  I like to think of my current organizational methods as “organized chaos”, which is not ideal in any way.  I’m organized enough to know where something is, and by where I mean I know which pile of chaos it has been piled into.  The shirt I want to wear to work?  It’s in the pile of unfolded laundry sitting on a chair.  That important document I need? Piled with incoming mail and other important documents that have been shoved in a box under my bed.  You get the picture.

AtP: Do you expect to encounter any obstacles in achieving your New Year’s Resolution? How do you plan to overcome them?

Elizabeth: Oh heck yeah!  If it were easy, I’d be organized by this point in my life!  My problem is that I’ll take a large chunk of time to organize everything, and then as life gets chaotic and busy (as it always seems to at some point), order and organization are the first things to go.  I plan to overcome this by setting aside 15-30 minutes each night to organize an area of my life.  If I break up the organization into smaller tasks, it won’t feel like such a daunting task.  Plus, this way things will stay organized for longer periods of time.

AtP: What’s your first step towards achieving your goal this year?

Elizabeth:  The first step would be to take one day of the weekend to thoroughly go through all unorganized parts of my life and get organized.  This may not seem like a fun way to spend the weekend, but if I start out with a ‘clean slate’, then 15-30 minutes each night should be more than enough time to organize new things that come up.

AtP: How do you plan to keep yourself accountable? Do you have an accountability partner?

Elizabeth: I plan to keep myself accountable by regularly inviting my friends over- maybe to stay for dinner or just as a place to meet up before embarking on our adventures.  Seriously, is there anything more motivating to stay clean and organized than the thought of someone else seeing your chaotic mess?  I will ask some of my close friends to make plans on a weekly basis and to be sure to stay on my case if my room is looking anything less than organized.  I’ll even have them check the closet to make sure I didn’t just pile up my chaos in there. (Yes I used this trick several times as a child before my mother caught on).

AtP: What advice do you have for someone else who is looking to set a New Year’s resolution?

Elizabeth: Be sure to set S.M.A.R.T goals!  After all, a resolution really is a goal, isn’t it?  In order to measure your success and know when you have truly achieved your resolution, be sure to make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Risky (not what you may think), and Time-sensitive.  Instead of making a resolution of, for example, “losing weight”, be sure to indicate how much weight you would like to lose, a timeline for losing this amount of weight, and how you will go about losing the weight.  Be realistic.  If you set the goal to lose 50 pounds in a month, not only would this be an unhealthy amount of weight to lose in that period of time, but you may also get very discouraged considering that this resolution would be very unrealistic.  Be sure to also take chances though, and to push yourself to grow.  Achieving a resolution that doesn’t really force you to push yourself and change isn’t any better than failing at an unrealistic resolution.


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