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.
February 9, 2011If you don’t love it then maybe it’s time to donate…sell…discard it. The spaces that we live, love and work in should make us feel good. Sometimes that means that we are surrounded by beautiful things, but sometimes that means we have less things in our surroundings to make room for the flow of energy, ... Read more
December 27, 2010Well another holiday season has come and gone, hopefully it was filled with fun and loved ones. Was your holliday also filled with more “stuff”? More cards, gift wrap, bows, toys, household items, clothes, and so on? This is a great opportunity to organizer your closet before you put those new clothes into it. When ... Read more
December 16, 2010What would be the 2 most important areas you would (re-) organize? Would it be your calendar and schedule? Would it be your car trunk and garage? Whatever your top two are, let it be a manageable project that gives you an immediate feeling of calm and sense of accomplishment. TIPS: 1. Have a plan for your ... Read more
December 13, 2010There is so much suggestive selling during the holidays, enticing us to buy things that we don’t really need. What if you could really use it, but don’t need it right now? Before each purchase ask yourself, “Do I need it now or can it wait until after the holidays when it goes on sale?” ... Read more
December 9, 2010Enjoy whichever holidays you celebrate by keeping them low key and stress-free. TIP: If you are cooking you can organize & simplify your menu by including tried and true recipes, especially those that can be prepared ahead of time. Also, make sure that you have a combination of dishes that can be served chilled or at ... Read more
December 7, 2010Traveling typically goes much smoother when well planned. Think of it like a project and organize backwards from your departure date. You’ll need to have your itinerary, and depending upon your mode of transportation items like tickets, boarding passes, information about security requirements and so on. Going abroad? Check your passport expiration date well in ... Read more
December 3, 2010Great minds think alike, so in this season of giving, share your ideas. Check out more ideas about reducing the holiday overload. It’s never too late to organize. http://www.oprah.com/home/Organize-Holiday-Cards-and-Gift-Shopping Read more
November 30, 2010I am clearly not the only one with ideas for gifts this season. See Martha Beck’s article: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Affordable-Pleasures and comments on Oprah.com. Read more
November 29, 2010No matter what holiday you celebrate, feeling organized is important. In order to enjoy the holidays you might consider the following: 1. Schedule time to create and write down your budget. 2. Schedule time to make your list of who you want to acknowledge and how (purchase, gift card, personal coupon). 3. Identify priorities based on who needs ... Read more
November 21, 2010It’s clear that everyone can benefit from organizing their space, their stuff, and their time. ‘Tis the season to think about giving more by giving less! Most people have the things that they need, in fact, most people have too many things…things that don’t fit, don’t work anymore, don’t get used or displayed and so ... Read more