Conditions for Success in the New Year: Your Home Environment Matters

A couple years ago, I listed to a podcast interview where a woman with six kids was asked how she found time to also write and publish a book. She said the single factor that made the biggest difference was putting her coffee maker in her room, and having it turn on automatically each morning, so that she was more motivated to wake up and write before everyone else got up. That’s it. That’s the only change she made to her daily life and schedule.


As we enter the new year, when you may be setting goals and resolutions for yourself. Remember to also think about how you will set up your environment to support your goals.

Resolution: Eat more nutritious food

Supporting Environment: Declutter your pantry, invest time in meal prep, and ensure that you have enough reusable containers for snacks and lunches that are accessible and organized.

Resolution: Spend less time on social media

Supporting Environment: News Feed Eradicator. I installed the News Feed Eradicator this summer and LOVE it. Instead of a news feed, I just get an inspirational quote. I can still use Facebook to communicate with friends in other countries, to join local groups, and hear about events, but I don’t lose time mindlessly scrolling.

Resolution: Prioritize self-care and health

Supporting Environment: Turn your bedroom into a retreat. Read the details here.

Resolution: Get control over your schedule and feel like you’re living a life you want to live, rather than one you’ve defaulted into.

Supporting Environment: It might seem like a small step, but finding a planner that works for you can support you in designing your life. After all, your life consists of how you’re spending your time each day!  Read more about finding a planner that’s right for you here.

Resolution: Have friends over more often and actually ENJOY spending time at home

Supporting Environment: Whether you live in a cramped apartment or a sprawling mansion, you should take advantage of these environmental psychology hacks to make your house feel more like a home.

Again, your environment matters.

Do you have any goals or resolutions for the new year? If so, how are you setting up your environment to serve you? Leave a comment below to share your ideas and inspire others.