Everything takes a simple decision. Either we do or don’t. Either we will or won’t.
Simple, right. Or is it?
When it comes to our clutter it all boils down to the decision we choose to make or not make. We can make the decision to put our things back where they belong. We can make the decision to take 15 minutes each day decluttering one area of our home. Or we can just decide not to start or do something else that won’t get us closer to our goal. Simple.
No matter how hard it may be to hear, it is a simple decision and that decision starts with YOU. You can decide right now to start somewhere. Anywhere. But just start.
Simple decision, but big reward.
Recently reading the book “The Power of Perseverance” by Joseph M. Ripley, Sr. I read a statement that said “Make up your mind to move forward before you see it.” Reading that statement I thought about how that applies to getting organized. Most people are paralyzed to move because they can’t see the end. They can’t envision the space uncluttered.
But you don’t have to see the end before you get started. The important thing is to get started. If you make up your mind to start and press on you will eventually accomplish what you set out to do.
I want you to go into this new year with a sense of determination and perseverance to finally get organized. Start where you are and don’t let anything deter you from finishing what you start.
Here we are at the end of the year and I can’t help but look at all of the things that have happened this year and where I was a year ago. I have made strides from last year. And I look forward to even greater in the new year.
I have learned from the setbacks of this year and have grown from the disappointments. I have found hope in the triumphs and even stretched myself out of my comfort zone this year.
It hasn’t been easy but nothing worth having in life is. I’m encouraged to keep pressing forward and celebrating the little victories. No matter how small any step is worth celebrating. I encourage you to take time to reflect and process what has happened this year, but to also look ahead with great anticipation for what the new year holds. Don’t let any disappointments get you down. Take the lesson from any setbacks and keep pushing forward.
I will see you in 2014! Let’s reach our goals together.
If you have been reading my blog for any time now you should know how I feel about resolutions. I hate them! Why you ask? Because we never keep them. I prefer to set attainable goals instead. But a lot of people still make New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I would share with you a great survey infographic done by Franklin Covey to find out if people have the same resolutions from year to year or do they change.
It’s a new year. What decisions are you planning to make this year to get you closer to your goals? This is the time to get organized and start fresh and keep it going. Make decisions this year, not just resolutions.
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Thinking about the end of the year and what I want to accomplish for the new year, I have decided to write down goals. Now I am not into resolutions because those never last past January. But I am into making goals and planning out my next steps.
Concrete goals are what you need to be successful. So as the year comes to an end I want to take this time to think about what worked this year and what didn’t. I want to think about how I can stretch myself next year to get out of my comfort zone. I want to think about who I can help in the new year to get to where they need to be. This is the time to sit down and map out a plan for our next year. Push yourself to do better, do more, be more!
Start mapping out the first 90 days and what you want to see at the end of that time period. I read an amazing book, The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time, that helps you to grasp the 90 day planning concept. (affiliate link). I actually use the planner that comes in 90 day increments to help plan my 90 days out.
To help you get started I’m going to list just a few of the things I want to accomplish in the next 90 days.
- I want to make more tutorial videos.
- I want to redo my web design business website.
- I want to launch my training website.
These are just a few of the things that I want to accomplish in the next 90 days. I hope you will join me and take time to not only list what you want to get accomplished, but provide action steps and get started. Follow me on Twitter to see how I am coming along and leave your comments and one goal you want to accomplish in the next 90 days in the comments below and let’s keep each other accountable for accomplishing more in 2013.
Here’s to a bigger and better productive new year! See you on the other side!
***This article was originally posted in my Organize Life! newsletter. I thought it would be a great thing to revisit in this New Year of 2012. I have edited it from the original. Enjoy!
Photo credit: Marmit at sxc.hu
The New Year usually inspires everyone to start making New Year’s resolutions (that we know we will not keep) and you may be tempted to do the same this year. Well, don’t! Instead try making decisions and setting goals.
I find that when I make up my mind to focus on having a set of goals that I want to meet for the New Year and actually go through the steps of putting down the tasks to meet the goal I have a lot more success. When you make a goal instead of a resolution there is more accountability. Usually you let yourself off the hook with a resolution because everyone does it and it is okay. But with a goal you actually have to sit down and think about how you are going to accomplish it and write down a blueprint of how to get there.
Every year I write down 3 to 5 goals that I really want to focus on for that year. I write down the steps that I am going to take to get it done and post them somewhere (like my smartphone) where I can be reminded of what is important and what is not to accomplishing this goal. With all of this in place I can go about with my weekly planning focusing on my goal and planning my to do list and schedule accordingly. When you simplify like this you spend less time on things that are not helping you reach your goal and more time on the important things to you that contribute to you reaching your goal.
It is never to late to start putting down goals. Why don’t you start right now with writing down 3 goals (3 important things that you would like to accomplish) this year. They don’t have to be huge unless that is what you want, but just small doable goals. Put them somewhere you will see them daily. Then start on making tasks to accomplish those goals.
May this year bring you more accomplishments than any other!