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Dec 31

Commit to small changes rather than resolutions – Utica Observer Dispatch

Deborah Cabral| Guest Columnist

The new year is here, filled with hope and promise that well all have a much better year than the last.Rather than make New Years resolutions, which studies show most of us do not keep, consider committing to making small changes. Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, save money, be happier, or get more organized, making small changes over time can produce significant results.Here are some ideas to consider:

Save a certain amount of money per week (start with $5 or $10) -How many times a week do you stop to get a coffee or tea? Most of us do it often because its easy, we love it, and especially so we can see our friends at Utica Roasters and Wisk! We cant give it up all together, why would we want to? If your budget is struggling this month, try making coffee or tea at home once or twice a week. The same goes for eating out at lunchtime. We really enjoy it when someone else makes our meal and we just get to chow down - I know I do. Maybe try limiting the amount of times you eat out weekly. We all can save $5-$10 a weekif we really try. What can you do to save money? Even if you only save all of your change on a weekly basis, it really adds up. Give it a try.

Commit to working out 10-15 minutes a day -We all can find time to move our bodies more. Pick an exercise or activity that you enjoy and do it for 15 minutes each day. I wear a Fitbit and make it my goal to get 10,000 steps a day. On days that I feel more energetic or have more time, I increase my goal. Go for a walk, do stretching exercises while watching TV, stand and walk while youre working or talking on the phone. The possibilities are endless. Be creative.

Quit one bad habit -Most of us have bad habits that we want to quit and have wanted to do so for awhile. Try focusing on just one. Have you always wanted to stop smoking or biting your nails? Do you over spend and now want to create and follow a budget? While changing habits can be hard, the rewards are great. Make a commitment to stop one bad habit. Keep in mind, when you have rough days, dont worry, re-start the next day.

Eat healthier -We cant give up everything we love to eat to lose weight, because it just doesnt work. If we feel deprived, we wont stick to whatever plan were following. Instead, decide to make small changes such as adding more vegetables to your meals or reducing your fat or sugar intake. Try makingthe switch from white bread to whole wheat or soda to water -you get the picture. Change doesnt need to be drastic to produce results.

Declutter one area of your home -What areas of your home cause you the most stress? Make a commitment to declutter one area of your home for 15 minutes a day, every day until your home is how youd like it. Spending a little bit of time each day decluttering can be refreshing!

Small changes can make a big difference in your life. You dont need to make major, drastic changes (unless you want to) to feel a sense of accomplishment and success.

Happy New Year and heres to a happy, healthy, safe and successful 2021.

Look for more organizing tips from Deb in the Observer-Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb. com anddceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation!organizationmotivation.com.

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