It’s a New Year. So Begin Anew.

By now, just about everyone has hears of deep fakes. Deep fakes are videos, usually of a person, which have been altered so masterfully, that viewers can’t tell that the image has been artificially created, and the subject person never really did the things being shown.

Every day, our minds play a similar tricks on us. Our subconscious mind reconstructs past events, even those well into the past, to frame our expectations for current and future events.

For those who grew up in chaos and disorder, their expectation may be that this is just how it is. Even when presented with example households of structure and discipline, a person may believe that there is some magical barrier into this life which they cannot pierce. But this just isn’t so.

Furthermore, I believe that is the everyday chaos and confusion, more than anything else, which stops us from getting to where we want to be in life. It doesn’t have to be that way. Why not put the history behind you with a little information and some new habits?

To get started, most of us just need a little information on how to proceed and a gentle nudge in the right direction. To keep moving forward, we want a few accomplishments to boost our confidence.

It’s the beginning of the year. Why not start now. Pick some little annoying thing you’ve been thinking about doing for way to long, and decide to get it done. Here are some short-and-simple steps you can take today which will help.

  1. Write down your tasks, when you plan to work on them, their intended completion date, progress and successes. Trust me on this one. You’ll be amazed at the satisfaction, and confidence building, that comes from simply marking a task completed. Just grab a sheet of paper and get started today. But I recommend getting a journal to keep track of these tasks over the days, months and years.
  2. If needed, break your goal down into smaller tasks, or milestones, so that there are more accomplishments to boost your motivation and keep you moving forward.
  3. Add a reward for finishing the task. It doesn’t have to be a big reward. Just something that says ‘”Job Well Done!”.
  4. Tell others about your intended accomplishment. There are numerous studies detailing the positive effect of sharing your goals with others.
  5.  Place your journal where you will see it during your morning routine. Also, place a note or two around the house reminding you to review your journal and tasks. You may want to move these around every day or two so they don’t become part of the background scenery in the morning.
  6. Add a calendar item on your written and electronic calendars. Add reminder notifications to refocus your attention to the tasks.
  7. You may want to add a daily alarm to your phone as a reminder to work on your tasks.
  8. Work on your tasks as intended. Nothing will build confidence faster than just getting something done as intended. And keep notes of your accomplishments in the journal.
  9. Write down your completed milestones and tasks in the journal.
  10. Don’t forget the rewards for completing the tasks.

Remember, you may want to start small, to build confidence and habit. And it may help to start with a “fun” project. Whatever that means to you!

Managing a home and household can be overwhelming. But there are many steps which can be taken to cut through the chaos and streamline household activities….bringing a little “peace-of-mind” to the home. Steps For Today will soon be releasing its first book to guide readers to a happier home and lifestyle. Look for more information on the book and its upcoming release in future posts.

I’d love to hear any other creative methods you use to keep on task and get the job done.

Thanks again for reading.
And remember to take the next step…

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