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Want To Make Your Organizing Efforts Last Longer? Here’s How To Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Want To Make Your Organizing Efforts Last Longer? Here’s How To Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

So you recently made a New Year’s Resolution “to get organized.” Well, you’re in good company! Organization is always a popular top ten resolution every year.

But now that you’ve set the organizing goal, how do you successfully negotiate the ins and outs of accomplishing it? Here are four simple tips to do just that.

1) Have a plan.

Don’t say: My New Year’s Resolution is to get organized.

Do say: My New Year’s Resolution is to better manage my time. (Or: tidy up my closet, organize my estate, etc.)

Speaking in generalities leads to doing in generalities, and you’ll rarely be happy with the outcome. In other words, if you don’t have decisive organizing goals, you won’t get decisive organizing results. Take the time to make a plan … you’ll be glad you put in the extra effort.

2) Make a schedule.

Don’t say: I know what I want to organize, and I’ll get to it when I have time.

Do say: I know what I want to organize, and I need to make a schedule of when to do it.

If you treat your organizing sessions like a regular appointment, you’re more likely to take it seriously and follow through with your plan.

3) Focus.

Don’t say: This week, I’m going to overhaul my kitchen, organize my files, get ready for taxes, clean out my closet, update my address book, re-do my schedule …

Do say: This week, I’m going to organize my tax-related files.

If you try to take on too many organizing projects, you will surely fail. Focus on one task – and one task only – until it’s complete. And let that success, as little or as big as it may be, propel you onward.

4) Have a positive attitude.

Don’t say: Man, this is gonna be hard! I don’t know if I can …

Do say: It may be a challenge to organize my house, but it’s a challenge with big rewards! I will have a home that makes me happy and that I’m not embarrassed to have other people see.

As Thomas Jefferson put it: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Your thoughts channel real power to help you achieve your organizing milestones – so think positively, and put those brain bytes to good use!

© 2013 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

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