Let's Get Organized!
There are so many different ways to get distracted, and areas of our lives to hold our attention. It's more important than ever to find a way to organize your time to achieve your goals. While everyone has to find the way that works for them, follow these easy five steps to get a jump start on getting organized - and staying that way!
Set SMART goals
I'm sure we've all heard this before, but you can't achieve your goals if you don't have any. A new year brings the opportunity to turn over a new leaf and identify what we want to accomplish. I have found that making sure your goals fit the following criteria sets a workable guideline, and allow for a more successful path.
Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Timely
This is the difference between "I want to lose weight" and "I am going to lose 10 pounds in two months, through going going to the gym three times a week".
Set Measure and Reset
Setting a SMART goal once will not lead to success. You will learn along the way that the goal you set will need to be adjusted, tweaked, and changed to fit the realities that come. An important aspect of getting organized is finding a way to measure your progress - whether it be through journaling, an excel spreadsheet, blogging, or any other solution. Find what works for you, and keep a detailed note of how your goals are being accomplished. Don't be afraid to veer from your original plan if it is not meeting your expectations.
Someone once told me that everything in your home should bring you joy. I believe this to be true not only in your living space but in every space you occupy - whether it is paring down your wardrobe and knick-knacks, clearing the excess papers off your desk at work, or reducing the amount of social media you use, simplifying your life can be a very freeing experience. It may seem obvious but if you want to get organized and focus on what is most important, get rid of the aspects of your life that serve only as a distraction.
Find an accountabili-buddy
Having a person to hold you accountable can be extremely effective in staying organized. Find someone you trust (and communicate with on a regular basis) to lean on through the organization process. I often find that I can maintain focus and motivation on a goal for only a limited period of time before I stray and return to old habits. When building a structured life, it's powerful to have someone help along the way.
Respect the 80/20 Rule
One of the most important lessons that I have learned when it comes to staying organized is that you have to be kind to yourself. No one is perfect and you cannot expect to be disciplined 100% of the time. Allowing yourself time to bend the rules in an intentional way can lead to you accomplishing more with a more sane mind.