Everyone is busy signing up to their Resolutions, but how they are achieved is sometimes beyond us. This is because everything changes.
For those of us who freak out about change, coping is really quite simple.
It’s taken me roughly four decades to work this out, but change is cyclical and there will always be something constant… something that doesn’t change.
If I focus on ensuring I’m organised for the things that don’t change, then I’m halfway to coping with the overall change.
Getting finances sorted is a worthwhile Resolution. This one underpins much of what can be achieved and what cannot.
- How finances work is a very easy example. Bills don’t arrive randomly. Utilities are usually billed every quarter, even though the food budget may change a little depending on season (although that can be brought to order easily too with some know how).
So, the idea is to work out how much the utilities cost for a year (if this amount cannot be calculated, I multiply the bill I do have four times to give me a rough cost) and then save towards that amount every three months.
So randomness is brought to its knees and now there’s more control in our hands. Change is curtailed and more manageable.
And there’s always the trick of getting your finances as well as the rest of life into a routine that takes some of the unpredictability out of life.
An old suggestion but a good one.
What change are you focusing on managing into the New Year?