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Tips on how to stick to your New Years Resolution

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New Year’s resolutions are as easy to break as they are to make, but experts say keeping it simple helps people hold onto those promises of self-improvement.

From losing weight and eating better to fighting less and giving more, resolutions run the gamut, but usually have one thing in common — they’re hard to keep. Only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions stick to them, according to research from the University of Scranton.

1.  Realize that New Year’s day is just another day and that making resolutions on this day is no different from making a resolution on any other day. While it’s a convenient time because it’s a new year and therefore feels like a new beginning, placing too much emphasis on it being a brand new start of the day your whole life is going to change is unrealistic. Think of the occasion more as a catalyst for change and a jumping-off point.

2.  Pinpoint your most realistic resolutions. Review the different areas in your life and think about what is working as well as what isn’t. Instead of picking the same old resolutions that you can never seem to keep, like losing weight, giving up smoking or winning an award, choose an area that you know needs improvement rather than a radical change. Think long term and make sure it’s something you can realistically see happening. And reduce the amount of resolutions you make – hone down that list of 10 resolutions to just one or two, or be prepared to approach your resolutions one after another rather than all at once.
  • For instance, perhaps you don’t see enough of your friends or you never ring your Mom. Working on these seemingly simple things may be more rewarding in the long run.
  • Longer term goals such as learning a new language or controlling your temper are also fine but they must be broken down into chunks so that you don’t have unrealistic expectations and then give up too easily.
3.  Write down your resolutions. Once you have decided on your achievable resolutions, write them down. You could even make a contract with yourself stating what you will set out to do and sign it to make it official. Writing down the resolutions creates a greater connection between your thinking self and your doing self and makes the resolution appear more real than if you simply think it in your head.

4.  Focus on one change at a time. Rather than trying to have several large changes underway at once, such as trying to lose weight, quit smoking, and increase your exercise regime, break the changes down into smaller lots and focus on one single resolution at a time. Your focus and energies won’t be spread too thinly this way and you can give the single resolution all of your attention.

  • Break down each change into smaller steps and make the first step incredibly easy. For example, if you want to start flossing, the first step can be to locate the floss in the supermarket.
  • Find routine trigger points during your day for implementing your resolution. For example, when you’re eating a meal, brushing your teeth, putting out the pets, etc. Choose times that provide natural triggers for doing whatever it is your resolution is about an tack the resolution behavior onto the existing habit.
5.  Use positive language rather than negative demands when thinking about doing your resolution. For example, rather than thinking “I can’t be bothered going to the gym”, think “I always feel so much better for going to the gym and I love that feeling.” Highlighting the benefit to you is far more motivating than focusing on the negatives and self-deprecation for not doing it as expected.

6.  Make the change a gradual one. A resolution is unlikely to be enduring if you implement it in its totality the first day. Giving up your favorite daily treats cold turkey will probably cause you to think about them endlessly and finally give in to resuming eating them. Instead, slowly wean yourself off the treats by eating less of them each week, until you are no longer including them in your daily eating regime.

  • Give yourself plenty of time to make the change. At least 21 days of pursuing a new habit are needed to break the old habit, and a good period of time to set a new resolution in place is around two months, after which time it should feel much easier to meet your resolution.
7.  Get some support. Tell a friend or your loved ones whom you trust about your resolution. They will provide you with support and keep you focused on your goal. And if you are wavering at all, their support will ensure you don’t give up, just in case you feel like a quitter.
  • Consider joining an online support group for specific resolutions such as losing weight, giving up chocolate, or training for the next marathon. Having people you can talk to at any time of day or night can be an enormous source of instant support, especially if the people are going through the same experiences and concerns as you. In turn, be sure to help boost other people’s resolutions!
8.  Review your progress. Break your resolution down into stages so you can track your progress. Look back after a couple of months and see what you’re doing right. Try to fix anything that you’re doing wrong. For instance, if your resolution was to go to the gym three evenings a week, perhaps you haven’t been sticking to it because you always work late. Try going in the mornings instead. Making a minor adjustment could be the key to success.

9.  Build on your resolutions. When you’re doing well at keeping your resolution, you may discover that you are feeling better about other areas of your life too. Going to the gym may lead you to cut out smoking too. Similarly, if you have given up something as part of your resolution, try to find a pleasant and diversionary substitute to keep your mind occupied. Quitting smoking may encourage you to exercise more.

10.  Celebrate. Remember to celebrate your successes, but make sure the way you celebrate doesn’t go against your resolution. If you cut down on drinking alcohol, clearly it’s best not to reward yourself with a glass of wine. Instead, treat yourself to those shoes you’ve had your eye on, or tickets to a play you’ve been dying to see. You deserve it!

  • Keep going. Why stop now when you’ve done this well? Extend the timeline of your resolution and work it into your everyday routine. By next year, you’ll be more than ready to face your next challenge.
Happy New Year – 2014 from all of us at Florida Moving Systems, Inc.  Best Wishes in the upcoming new year! (source: wikihow, NY Daily News)

Moving Do’s and Don’ts

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DO:  

 

Do start planning your move at least a month in advance.

Do go through all of your closets and drawers and get rid of items you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time.

Do have a yard sale or donate items you no longer need.

Do make a list of all of the packing supplies you need. Ask your mover for assistance.

Do get at least three written estimates

Do label boxes with the contents and room

Do stay present on moving day. The movers are going to have questions and you need to be there to ensure a smooth move.

Do stay hydrated during the move and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Do get a good night’s sleep before the move.

Do have a “moving day survival kit.” These are items that you need in the event you don’t completely unpack. It should include toiletries, towels, a change of clothes and bedding.

Do make a list of everything you need to do on moving day.

Do make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. Ask your mover for assistance.

Do make necessary arrangement for pets.

Do make sure you have necessary medications.

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DON’T:

Don’t have small children with you on moving day.

Don’t select your mover on price alone. Make sure the company is reputable, insured, licensed and experienced.

Don’t overload boxes. Ask your mover for advice on what should be packed in the appropriate sized box.

Don’t pack valuables such as jewelry and important documents. Keep them with you.

Don’t forget to make the necessary arrangements for correspondence and utilities.

Don’t forget to make arrangements for meals and snacks before during and after the move.

Don’t forget to check your calendar for scheduling conflicts and ask for necessary days off at work.

Don’t leave packing for the last minute. Be done in advance so that you are free to supervise the move or deal with any unexpected issues.

 

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Preparing Kids for a New School

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At Florida Moving Systems, Inc., we know it’s tough enough for kids to adjust to a new school year, but it adds a whole new level of stress to be the new kid on the block. We’ve put together some tips that can help you make it easier for kids to adjust to the new environment

Explain

Talk to your child about the reason for the change in schools. Be sensitive to his or her feelings of fear, sadness or anger related to leaving the old school and friends behind. 

Be Prepared

Make sure your child is registered early and make sure to communicate with the school to determine any special needs such as dress code, lunch options/fees, study material, activity sign-up deadlines, before and after school care, etc. so that your child is prepared to handle the first day of school. 

Dress for Success

For a little confidence booster, take your child shopping for a new first-day outfit and let him or her help in selecting the pieces. Also include your child in selecting a cool backpack, lunchbox or other supplies.

 Introductions

Have a conversation with your child about his or her feelings about making to friends and offer tips on how to make introductions. Share your own experiences. Highlight the fun things like play dates and sleepovers. 

Punctuality

Make sure you get your kids to school on time. Walking in late can be embarrassing for your child. For older children, make sure they understand how important it is to make it to all classes on time.

 Get Involved

Get to know the parents of your children’s classmates and introduce yourself to teachers. Volunteer for school activities such as bake sales or dances. Getting to know your child’s environment can make it easier for you to support your child socially. 

Familiarity

If possible, arrange for a tour of the school so that your child knows how to find classes, the gym, the office, lockers, pick-up/drop-off locations, etc. 

Activities

Help your child get involved in whatever clubs, sports or activities he or she has enjoyed in the past. You and your child may consider trying something new. It’s a great way to make new friends and expand your child’s experiences. 

Special Needs

Make arrangements to meet the principal or other administrator to discuss any concerns or special needs such as medications, health issues, etc. so that the school is prepared to support your child if necessary.

 

With a little homework and communication, you can help your child enjoy a happy and successful new school year.

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