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17th January, 2015

So, 17 days in, who still has a New Years resolution going then? According to Forbes just 8% of people who make a resolution manage to do it. Just 8%!

I am cheekily proud to tell you that I am one of that number. New Years Eve 2012/2013 I made a resolution which I keep to this day. Sometimes it is tricky but most of the time it delights me. I’ll tell you what it is in a minute and you’ll see why it was so blinding stupidly easy to keep!

The issue with most resolutions is that they mostly involve doing something worthy. Something good for us. Something that falls into one of those “should” “ought to” “must” camps that we all berate ourselves with most days.

“I must lose weight”

“I ought to do more exercise”

“I should really do some more networking”

“I need to spend less money on stuff I don’t need”

Do you hear any joy in any of those? Nope. Me either. They are all very important and I have no doubt that if we could by December 2015 we’d all be delighted to be thinner, fitter, richer and better networked – but ideally we’d like those things to happen without us doing too much work to get there! They all involve us putting in a smaller or greater amount of time and effort.

How about picking a lovely resolution that actually you can keep and that makes life better and gives you back some of your most precious time to with what you would like instead of what you should? These can be big or little but often we do things out of habit that take time when better options are available. Examples:

Spend all day Saturday cleaning and being a (slightly resentful) domestic slave? Could you afford a cleaner (once a month to have a weekend off or weekly) or outsource your ironing? Or could you share tasks better across the household?

Spend your evenings battling expense receipts and mileage for your tax records – get a VA for a couple of hours a month to keep on top of it.

Or you can go small. Tiny. My resolution?

“Henceforth, all black socks shall be paired with any other black socks. No more will I agonise trying to make pairs based on seam types, length or fadedness!”

Now in the 2 years since I implemented this has it saved me time? Without a doubt. Has anyone gasped in horror at my feet and noticed that I have two infinitesimally different seams on the tops of my toes? No. Strangely people aren’t that fussed.

I realise this has probably only saved me a grand total of 2 minutes per laundry load but if I do 2 loads a week that’s 4 minutes, over a year that is a staggering 3 hours plus! On sorting socks!?!?

It seems to me that if I can find other things I do that I really don’t need to do I could get myself whole days back. Days when I shall most certainly not be doing anything in the least worthy – I might go to a spa!

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