By Jennifer Ascher of Organizing without Limits
It’s the end of February. Have your New Year’s Resolutions fallen by the wayside and are all but forgotten? One of the reasons that resolutions don’t work is because they are generally not specific enough, are focused around I want to… (Lose weight, get organized, get rid of debt etc.) and are made with no action plan as to how to go about accomplishing them. So if resolutions don’t work, what is one to do?
You hit the rewind button and switch your resolutions to very specific, intentional goals. Setting up goals will help you accomplish what you set out to do because they …
- Are manageable and attainable
- Are specific and not vague
- Provide you with laser sharp focus
- Give you a sense of direction and purpose
- Require continuous action
- Give you long-term vision and short term motivation
Now that you know how setting goals will help you. Here are some action steps you can take towards achieving them.
1. Get very specific with what you want it.
Make sure your goals are simple, clear and focused. Saying you want to get organized is way too broad and overwhelming. Saying I want to organize my pantry is very specific, clear and meaningful.
2. Know the Why.
Goals need to have a purpose. Make sure you truly understand why you are investing time and energy in accomplishing said goal. Without the why you will lose motivation and interest.
3. Write it down, make it a priority and do 3-5 daily tasks that will bring you closer to your goals.
Writing out your goals is an important step to make them a reality. Think of it as a visualization and reinforcement for your brain to keep you from procrastinating and on task.. An easy way to do this is when you write out your to do list for the day. The very first thing on that list should be your goal and the 3-5 intentional, action focused tasks you need to do for the day specific to that goal.
4. Set deadlines and review.
You need a way to gauge your success and see if you are on track. By setting specific deadlines it will enable you to track your progress and adjust fire if need be.
5. Get Help.
If you are having a hard time and are not making progress. Think about enlisting the help of a coach who can help you. Sometimes you need that support, accountability and guidance from an outside source to keep you on track and motivated. I see this in my clients all the time.
6. Never forget
To stay positive and that action + consistency = results.
Jennifer Ascher (better known as an Organizing Geek among her friends) Professional Organizer and founder of Organizing Without Limits started the company because of her sheer passion for organizing and helping other people. Being a busy mom and business owner, Jennifer understands the importance of getting and staying organized as well as efficient time management. With her hands-on approach Jennifer prides herself on being able to meet client’s needs on a personal level. It is her belief that organizing goes beyond pantries, closets or even time management. It’s about taking control of your WHOLE LIFE.
Organizing Without Limits provides organizing solutions to transform your life and offers both hands-on and virtual organizing services. You can reach Jennifer at her website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.