1 Jan 2017

Tired of Failed Resolutions? Try this New Year Mantra instead

That’s it. I have had enough of making New Year resolutions. I have made them year after year, and they have never lasted beyond the first week in January. I even tried calling them different things like ‘a lifestyle change’ in the hope that they stick. Trouble is, anything that you resolve to do after a night of merry-making, when you are slightly hung-over and wishing you were back in bed, is not really going to stick, is it!

So a slight change of tack this year. I am going for a New Year Mantra instead of making a bunch of non-stick resolutions. A single word to sum up my hopes and dreams for 2017. A word with the promise of increased productivity.

De-clutter!  That will be my mantra for this year. On a personal and professional front, ‘de-clutter’ is to be the name of my game in 2017.

I have felt clutter sap my strength. I have seen clutter cloud my thinking. I want to break free, to rise above the haze that surrounds me.


The only way forward is to de-clutter inside and out. No more clinging on to unwanted things around me. No more clinging on to unwanted thoughts inside me. I want a clear physical and mental space to pursue my goals in the coming days and months. I will need that space if I am to reach those seemingly unreachable goals. Not resolutions, goals. Personal and professional goals. For resolutions can be broken. Goals may get delayed, but can always be achieved with a little perseverance.

Here are 10 ways to de-clutter your mind and increase productivity.


20 comments:

  1. My mantra is minimalist. I am fed up of having stuff around so i am decluttering like you too.

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    1. It gives me a sense of calm, actually. Definitely better for productivity.

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  2. I gave up on resolutions a long time ago but I do tend to try something new about the third week of January as you have had time to focus on what you want to change by then and as it's not a "promise" to yourself you are less likely to give up ;-)

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    1. That's a good way of looking at it. I think there is too much pressure on Jan 1, and to go cold turkey after the excesses of December is just a tough ask.

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  3. Oh yes - I'm all over this positivity and clearing the mind for 2017! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. You are very welcome, Lauretta. Would love to hear how you got on.

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  4. I love this, especially social media can wait. I end up wasting far too much time nosying on social media, I'm going to make an effort to stay away more!

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    1. It is unbelievable how much time is wasted on social channels! I've found myself lost for hours doing nothing. Not great for productivity.

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  5. I definitely have problems focusing and social media does sap so much time. Your right allocating times would definitely help!

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    1. I've been trialling it, and it does seem to have made a difference. Fingers crossed I can persevere.

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  6. Some people seem to be empowered by having what I would call "too much stuff". Personal effects, people in their lives, and so on. As for me, I'm a minimalist. Less is always more. I think you'll find strength in letting go. Enjoy less clutter!

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    1. I hope so! I suppose some people thrive in chaos and clutter. Not me.

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  7. Sounds like the perfect mantra to have, good luck :)

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    1. Thanks Kara. It is like a cleansing almost. For the body, mind and soul.

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  8. Some great steps, I can't have a clean workspace ever. I think little steps an workable goals is how I need to approach 2017.

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    1. That is a good plan. Easier to work at something in bite-sized pieces.

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  9. Loving your matra for the year, I too need to do some de-cluttering mostly of my social media and my closets lol. Also I prefer to set achievable goals and its been working well for me so far

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    1. Well done, you. Always best to go with whatever works well for you.

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  10. I will be decluttering big time when we return from our cruise. I can't stand the extra bits of stuff everywhere and shelves and closest are crowded - makes me nuts. And that makes me unable to focus.

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    1. Same here! I have to have clear space to have clear thoughts.

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