"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
- Albert Einstein
Starting the year off right is so important to achieve your organizing goals. It gives you a good foundation and motivation to make the rest of the year an organized success. Here are four tips to achieve your organization goals and start your year off right. Let's begin.
Start your goals this year!
Set realistic goals for you. Determine your final organizing goal and write it down. This organization goal would be your 5-year plan goal. Ask yourself, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?" Then, for this year's goal, find an organizing goal you will need to make now to get you to this final organization goal. This goal would be your goal for this year. By making realistic goals, you will have a clearer and more defined vision of what you want this year and, as a result, be able to make them a reality.
Make a house rule to keep the floors cleared of clutter. The small items in the home are usually the issue when it comes to keeping the home organized. Removing the small items laying on the floor from last year is the priority. Then, make a house rule this year to find a home for every small item that comes into the home. By creating this habit, it will help you clear the clutter throughout the year and help you reclaim your home.
Be a friend to your notepad. Many people keep all their to-dos in their mind. By doing this, they get overwhelmed about what needs completing in their lives. By writing down items you need to do, ultimately gives you the strength to go and do them. Start with today's to-do list. See how it works. Any unfinished tasks today move these tasks to tomorrow. By making to-do lists, you will be more inclined to do them and get them out of your mind and into action.
MAKE conscious decisions about everything you hold in your hand. Working with many clients over the years, I realized there is one phrase that comes up most often in our consultations. That phrase is "I will put it here FOR NOW." After a few meetings from this mentioned phrase meeting, the item usually hasn't moved; I draw attention to that fact that this thing hadn't moved and they meant to put the item there. And, to change this pattern, they should ask themselves, "where does this object work most efficiently in my home?", before putting the item down anywhere. This way, it will be in a place where it is most likely to go.Making conscious decisions help to prevent laziness and procrastination and will keep you on track to keep your home and life organized.
By doing these four tips, you will be well on your way to achieving your organizing goals this year. What tips do you use to help you stay focused on organizing? I would love to hear from you.
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