Common sense organizing tips
The beginning of a new year is often the time when people set their intention on setting goals for self improvement and making resolutions to “do better”. Do yours sound anything like these?
This year I’m going to…
- Be more organized.
- Be on time.
- Save more money.
- Get in shape.
- Lose weight.
- Eat healthy.
- Read more.
It’s great to set your intentions and make goals so that you can feel more productive and successful in all areas of your life. If you are one of those people who sets goals consider that there are 3 important factors.
Common sense organizing tip #1
First, make your goal(s) achievable. Of course you want to stretch yourself but at the same time it’s important to make it possible to actually achieve what you are setting out to do. Remember that you can always enhance the goal or add another after you achieve the first one. Achievable goals are measurable, incremental, and easy to integrate into current routines.
Common sense organizing tip #2
Second, strive for consistency. Changing or creating new behavior and habits can only succeed with practice, repetition and reward. When you focus on implementing the new behavior on a consistent basis and the reward that you get from doing so overrides the difficulty in doing it, you will succeed.
Common sense organizing tip #3
The third factor in achieving your goal is to have a system of accountability. If you are a visual learner you may benefit from using a log or checklist to monitor your progress. If you are an auditory learner, check in with an accountability coach on a regular basis. Perhaps you are a tactile-kinesthetic learner. If so, create a token system where you can drop something into a container, or tear off a tab from a master chart.
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October 19, 2012Did you know that 1 of the reasons why clutter accumulates is that we don’t manage our time effectively? 3 TIPS to combat that: #1 – Schedule everything! Use your planner to schedule tasks, not just appointments. #2 – Time yourself! Set a timer to help you make quick decisions…keep? recycle? shred? #3 – Organize regularly. Remember, organizing ... Read more
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October 2, 2012Despite the current heat wave I can’t help but begin to think about ideas for a holiday wardrobe. Keep it simple and use layering and accessorizing to expand your outfits. Color continues to be big this season. I love this silky print under the gorgeous hip length jacket. Dress it up with a vintage brooch, ... Read more
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September 19, 2012This week Outside In Organizer and Makeovers is offering more organizing tips for optimal planning, preparation, and practice. At the risk of sounding like my girl scout self let’s talk about being prepared! These are the basic elements of preparation: clear goals, reasonable time allocation, and availability of necessary resources. Goals are essentially your destination. You ... Read more
September 17, 2012September is the perfect time to organize. The change of seasons lends itself to making plans and preparing for all things new. This week I’ll share tips that will help you plan, prepare, and practice for this time of year. Today, let’s look at what you might want to start planning. Planning is simply a ... Read more