Do Not Make New Year’s Resolutions to Go Green

Do Not Make New Year’s Resolutions to Go Green

The clock strikes twelve on December 31st, 2012 and many people feel that their own clock has been re-set. Working their way up to this yearly calendar change is the culmination of a month or two of affirming a list of mental or recorded resolutions for 2013. How you will be better at your green mission or start one altogether should not have to be something that requires the pressure of a resolution. The percentage of people that make resolutions and do not stick to them is unsurprisingly high. After the festivities life winds back onto that redundant track and before you know it you have forgotten what your resolutions were altogether. This year, do not make any New Year’s resolutions to go green but instead try some other tactics that may set you on the path you would have originally intended when in the throes of the holiday season.

Don’t Go At It Alone

Rather than make a list of green changes you want to implement, search for a buddy instead. Find someone who is on the same page as you and feel them out. Do not approach them with a “Hey let’s do this together and it will be great!” attitude but instead bring up conversations about the environment. If they seem receptive then, regardless of the New Year’s date, ask if they would be willing to assist you in cleaning up a local park, starting a website for green town projects or sharing recycling chores. Setup a time and place to brainstorm and go.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Another problem with resolutions is that they can be overwhelming before they are even put into action. Simply choose a green change you would like to make and focus solely on that. Do not make a list that needs to be crossed off, do not make announcements of your intentions and most importantly do not put a start date on it. Pick one thing and do it then go to the next, that’s it.

Don’t Waste Your Time

So many people put so much effort into setting up their resolutions, life changes, new programs etcetera and end up wasting inordinate amounts of time before anything ever gets done. If you choose a green change make sure it will fit into your schedule. Manage your time realistically even if it is as simple as recycling. If you cannot fit a green change into your day then it will just become another source of unneeded stress. Figure out how to best make your green change work harmoniously into your life and do it right now.

Don’t Follow, Be Creative

There is no need to make a resolution that follows everyone else. Do not make a resolution, make a change and do it your way. Get creative with reusable material, start a ‘no resolution’ recycling mob or write a going green book.

There is no need for green New Year’s resolutions. There is a need for green action and green action now.

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