By Amanda LeBlanc
Has it been your goal to get organized for far too long? Don't worry, you're not alone. As a professional organizer, I hear this from many clients who have good intentions, but just need a little (sometimes a lot) of guidance. Don't be so hard on yourself! Next time you set goals for yourself, whether it be to get organized or to commit to a better exercise routine, follow these rules to ensure that your goals are attainable and realistic.
- Be S.M.A.R.T.
When we think about goals, where we want to be and what we want to accomplish, we need to remember the acronym S.M.A.R.T., which stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.This will help you create better goals that have a greater chance of being accomplished.
- Consider Short and Long Term Goals
In these goals, it’s important to also remember that you can have short term and long term goals. Another step to take as you are considering your goals is to think about a few important actions you will need to take in your daily life that will help you achieve those goals.
- Set Detailed Goals
First, getting organized is a very big goal and by itself is very vague. Let’s look at certain aspects of getting organized that you may want to tackle: creating a more efficient morning routine, having a better system for doing laundry, or even having an organized master suite. These are goals that are attainable and together they will create a more organized life.
- Building Blocks
Let’s look at one of the goals, creating a more efficient morning routine, and examine the goal to see what actions will help us accomplish this goal. Getting up 5 minutes earlier each week until you are up 30 minutes earlier, taking a shower in the evening so you will have more time in the morning, prepare the kids’ after school activity bags on Sunday for the whole week so that you aren’t running around looking for ballet shoes in the morning, etc.Building on these actions will get you to a better morning routine.
- Be Diligent
Well, it sounds easy enough yet each year millions of people fail to accomplish their goals. Why? Lack of self-discipline and desire cause us to quit trying. We are at war with ourselves. Self-discipline is what you need more than anything else to accomplish your goals. What makes people successful is the self-discipline to do what needs to be done. You must want this goal so much that when desire and motivation fade, self-discipline will push you to achieve!
Good luck and until next month…Keep It Organized! ~ Amanda