CASA GRANDE — Here’s a fun fact: Over 80% of the New Year’s resolutions people make will fail by February (cue the “Debbie Downer” music).

Do you make resolutions? Are you going to be a statistic or have you been one in the past? In all fairness, we’ve all probably fallen on our faces at least once in our lifetime after setting a goal of some kind, no matter when we made it, so don’t feel bad if you’ve been a statistic.

Spoiler alert: Jan. 1 is not a magical day. The pain, failures, troubles you had the last 365 days aren’t going to magically disappear when the calendar turns to 2021, so with that in mind, and in an effort to head into this new year with positivity, here are some tips you might find helpful that you can work on at your own pace and as needed.

  • You are you, not anyone else, so stop the comparison game. The quickest way to lose your joy is to compare yourself to someone else.
  • Get organized. Organization systems in your house, car, office and anywhere else should ease daily stress if they’re done in an effective way. The first step in organizing should be to remove any and all clutter. Donate it to toss it, but remove it completely.
  • Manage your time. Time management is crucial for anyone trying to live a happy and stress-free life because your time is allocated in advance.
  • Budget your money. Dave Ramsey’s budgeting method is straightforward and simple so I’d suggest starting by reading or listening to his books and/or podcast.
  • Do more of what makes you happy and start to remove things, and people, who don’t. Time is finite, spend it wisely.
  • Be reasonable. You can’t run before you walk, so start out in a way that is sustainable. Don’t commit to running 5 miles every day because we all know that ain’t gonna last past the first day.

Last, but definitely not least, be kind to yourself and to others. Above all else, the world needs more kindness and love and that can start with each of us being a light to those around us. And as always, love your life!

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Contributing writer Skyla Teel is a wife, mom, professor, rodeo coach and life coach. She can be reached at skyla@skylateel.com.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.