You may already know that "getting organized" is consistently one of the top five new year's resolutions. Maybe it's been on yours. It ranks up there with losing weight, quitting smoking and spending more time with family.
Most people end up not following through with their resolutions. The ones who do have this in common: they got support. They joined Weight Watchers, for example.
Support is necessary because we're creatures of habit. Making positive changes in your life is much easier when you don't try to do it all by yourself. Having help can be the difference between achieving a goal that's dear to you and resigning yourself to failure next year, again.
If getting organized is on your list of resolutions, I'm here to help you. You can have more ease, more space and more time in your life.
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Getting organized, along with losing weight and quitting smoking, is on most people's list of new year's resolutions. Here are some ideas for resolutions, and three rules for increasing your success at keeping those resolutions.
First rule for any resolution: keep it small enough to be do-able. You want a goal that's reachable soon, even if it seems insignificant. You're setting the stage for the next, bigger goal. Success breeds success.
Second rule: It's all about you. Don't compare yourself to others, especially that more organized neighbor or relative. You have your own unique skills, talents, desires and motives. Work with them, not against them. Start where you are now.
Okay, here are some suggestions. Scale them up or down as needed.
- I will sort my mail every day
- I will spend 30 minutes a week decluttering (use a timer!)
- I will give away magazines before the next issue arrives even if I haven't gotten around to reading them
- I will keep a shopping bag in my closet to put clothes I'm donating in
- I will keep my to-do list small and manageable (put it on a Post-It)
How do you remember to do all these wonderful things? Despite your best intentions, you may find it hard to work these new behaviors into your life. Make it easier with reminders that work for you. Use Post-Its on the bathroom mirror; a classic. Programmed, regular email reminders are my favorite. Find a partner to trade reminders with on the phone every week.
Third rule: don't beat yourself up if you get behind. Just start again. Remember when you learned to ride a bike? How often did you fall off before you were able to fly down the street on that thing? Once you were flying, you probably didn't think about the falling part anymore. So, get on the bike.