From Colleen ~ Yesterday I introduced my Monthly Habit Changing Challenges. As mentioned in yesterday’s post it was a comment by Moni, where she mentioned her mini resolutions or Mini-lutions as she calls them, which prompted me to do so. I had been considering this idea for a while and Moni’s idea confirmed for me I was on the right path.
On Sunday Moni sent through the following post to share with you all explaining her mini-lutions. So without further adieu here it is.
I have a lousy track record with New Year’s Resolutions, my best intentions to better myself tend to falter around mid January and are usually deemed defunct by February at the latest. Through the years I have googled various plans and techniques to succeed with New Year Resolutions and there is a lot of good advice out there. However, I’ve yet to learn to speak Spanish, run a marathon (or even around the block for that matter) or do a night school course in Mediterranean cooking. Statistically speaking, this puts me in the bottom 92% of New Year Resolution entrants, yes that’s right, only 8% succeed and the common theme amongst the success stories, is that they were short term, achievable and quantified.
So this year I’m going with Mini-lutions. I’m going to pick one or two small areas of my life/household that need some improvement and I’m going to set a time limit of 1-3 months to improve those areas. Once I have completed this challenge, I will pick another area of my life/household that needs some tweaking. Often we baulk away from something that we feel isn’t do-able or just doesn’t seem a high enough priority, but it takes just 21 days to establish a good habit and if I tackle even just 4-6 small areas in a year, over the next few years that has got to add up to a lot of improvement in how I run my home and life.
My theory is linked to two challenges that I participated in here at 365 Less Things, the first was Project 333 which was to run from April to the end of June, but is still is in effect today. The second was “Keep It Tidy November” which initially took some effort but eventually the new habit entrenched and systems fell into place to help maintain the concept through to 2013.
So, back to New Year’s Eve, while everyone around me resolved to get into shape, drink less, travel more and cut up their credit cards, I devised my first two Mini-lutions. Both are very humble in the scheme of things and spectacularly unglamorous, but both are areas that I knew I had loads of room to improve, were achievable and could make a difference to the bottom line of my household budget.
ONE: I am going to reduce my dryer usage. (I did mention ‘unglamorous’ didn’t I?) I now have two friends who don’t own dryers and though they both agree it isn’t always easy in a country with a fairly high rainfall count, they both manage. I’m not planning to never use my dryer again, but I’m going to save it for the times when all other options are out. I’m going to look at whether it is a time management issue or simply just a long established habit.
TWO: I am going to reduce the amount of wasted food in my house, especially from the refrigerator. There were improvements in my household over 2012 especially thanks to ideas from 365 Less Things, but I want to see this wastage stopped and this means I need to rethink the quantities I purchase, possibly how I purchase, how I prepare meals, how I deal with the left overs and how I can make sure that food doesn’t get overlooked in the fridge. As someone who describes herself as “Cateringly Challenged” this definately requires some re-education and research but there is some great advice and tools via the internet that I have put into action.
So, fellow 365’ers…..what Mini-lutions do you have?
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter any baking trays or cake pans that weren’t used over the holiday period. Let’s face it if they weren’t use in December when will they be. I came up short for one spring form pan which I borrowed from a neighbour. This is something I would rarely ever use anyway so I don’t feel the need to own one.
Eco Tip for the Day
Use some sort of reusable splatter guard when heating in the microwave. This can be rinsed off and used over and over rather than wasting paper towel or plastic wrap. I use a large plastic microwave safe container lid when reheating most dishes or a glass casserole dish with a lid when cooking from scratch.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here