By Amanda LeBlanc
Here it is, another year. There are a lot of people who make ‘getting organized’ their New Year’s resolution - which as a pro organizer, this makes me incredibly happy! Now that we're almost three weeks into the new year, here's help to keep you on track of your home organization goals:
1. Be Serious.
If you are serious about making a change this year, then you have to be serious about the plan to get there. Time management can make or break you. Every successful person has a plan and estimates the time it will take to execute the steps of that plan.
2. Make the Time.
You need to look closely at how much time you have available in a day. Next, add the tasks that are non-negotiable, i.e. taking kids to school, cooking dinner, etc. After you have looked over how your time is being spent, then you will be able to determine what amount of time is realistic to spend each day getting organized.
I would say you need at least 15 minutes a day, but no more than an hour. What!?Could it really be that it only takes this long each day? Well, yes and no. I didn't say it was going to be a quick process, but I don’t want you to burn out and quit.
3. Keep a Record.
Call me an old fart, but I still have a paper planner and I write all of this down. I have learned that when it comes to managing my time I am a visual person. I need to see tasks for the whole day at one time. I need them to be color-coded and have tasks blocked off in time segments.
There are a lot of new gadgets and technology that we can feel pressured to try, but know who you are and don’t fight it.
4. Little Steps, Big Progress
One of my clients came to me after years of therapy and was ready to make a change. She booked us to help with her closet. The closet was at least 20’ x 20’ and it was packed floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall. She had to wait eight weeks before we could get to her project.
I told her to go in to the space and set a timer for 15 minutes a day until we could get to her project. During that time, I wanted her to bring two boxes in the closet; trash and donate.
When I returned eight weeks later, I could not believe the dent she had made on this space. I asked her how she did it and she told me, the egg timer!
This new method of only having to spend 15 minutes taught her that little steps would take you a long way. It also broke the project down into manageable steps. This is the second aspect of being successful, breaking projects down into smaller tasks.
5. Stay Strong
I see people walk away from goals or resolutions because they try to tackle too much, and it overwhelms them. Don’t let this mistake derail you from what you really want. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen if you take your time.
Maybe organizing the laundry room is going to take four small projects, but at the end, it will be a project worth having and one that is complete.
Good Luck, Happy New Year, and until next time- Keep it Organized!! ~ Amanda
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