The new year brings about the chance for a clean slate, so it's a perfect time for individuals to set goals for themselves commonly referred to as New Year’s resolutions. These typically revolve around things like fitness, diet, and finances. However, this refreshing time also presents the perfect time to set goals for DIY and home improvement projects. These goals can span a wide range of projects, varying in size, genre, and area of the home. Below, learn what makes a good DIY resolution so that you’re setting yourself up for success in DIY!
Consider What You’ve Already Accomplished
Part of setting attainable and realistic DIY goals for the year ahead relies on your ability to look back at what you’ve already accomplished. For instance, consider what DIY projects and goals you achieved the previous year. Did you set any goals that were not met? If so, reflect on why that may have been. Also consider what you did to achieve the goals that were, in fact, met and consider the way you crafted those resolutions just one year ago. This will aid in making your new resolutions reachable.
You’ll also want to reflect on these past goals as you may want to build off of them in creating those for the new year. Finally, thinking about these accomplishments makes for wonderful motivation to keep the momentum up!
Don’t Make Your Resolutions Too General or Too Specific
While you do want to zero in on goals that are meaningful to you in the DIY space, you should also want to strike the right balance between resolutions that are too general and those that are too specific. For instance, a resolution to "complete many DIY projects in 2019" may be too vague to stay motivated and on track. On the other hand, a resolution that states, "complete 12 DIY projects in 2019" may be too specific and almost limiting.
Instead, craft something more along the lines of, "complete at least one DIY project each season", or "complete at least one DIY resolution on each floor of the house". These are specific enough while not being limiting.
Focus on Talents and Areas for Improvement
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses alike, and that same rule applies to DIY skills. Resolutions are a time to pick what you want to focus on for the year, which can oftentimes mean sharpening already present skills or learning completely new ones. Be sure to specify in your resolutions whether your goal revolves around building on a skill that you already have in order to refine it or advance that skill, or if it’s one that you’re learning from scratch. This allows you to better set expectations surrounding the resolution.
If you’re building on a pre-existing skill, you can expect to achieve a more advanced position by the end of the year. If it’s something completely new, be realistic in how much you can learn and achieve when starting from scratch.
Have a Plan
Everyone knows the saying, "a goal without a plan is just a dream". This mantra applies perfectly to New Year’s resolutions. When setting DIY resolutions, you want to ensure that you have some sort of plan—even if it’s just a general framework—guiding you towards how you will realistically achieve it. For example, if you’re resigning to "improve your outdoor space through DIY projects" in 2019, map out a few feasible projects that you can choose from to make that goal happen. Also set smaller goals for yourself along the way, highlighting what times of year would be ideal to complete these projects and what materials are needed to complete them. Understand the financial commitment different resolutions require to ensure that they fit into your annual budget.
If you follow these guidelines, it’s almost guaranteed that your DIY resolutions will be not only feasible, but they’ll be fun to accomplish! Set yourself up for success this year as you embark on your refreshed home improvement journey and set resolutions the right way.
Sara LeDuc is a freelance writer for DoItYourself.com. She also writes for a handful of other websites and platforms. She has been growing her skills and client base for the past two years, but has been passionate about writing for as long as she can remember. She has worked with Internet Brands for over three years and enjoys learning about &mdash; and completing &mdash; DIY projects and keeping up with the latest and greatest home improvement trends.
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H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology