Tuesday, January 1, 2019

31 Days to Organization - Day 1: Make S.M.A.R.T. New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Make S.M.A.R.T. New Year's Resolutions

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Whether you've made a resolution to become more organized or a resolution for something else, be sure it is a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Following these guidelines will help you to focus and organize the steps you need to take to stick to your resolutions and attain your goal.

  • Specific - Instead of saying,"I'm going to become more organized this year!" be more specific by saying, "I am going to work to complete 5 tasks on my to-do list every day."
  • Measurable - Be sure you can measure your progress. Start with baby steps and work your way up. This keeps your goal from becoming overwhelming. "By January 31st, I'll will routinely complete 2 tasks a day. By February 28th, I will complete 4 tasks a day. By March 31st..."
  • Attainable - It wouldn't make much sense to make a New Years Resolution you probably can't keep so be sure to make one that is realistic. If you know your schedule is hectic, resolve to complete 5 tasks a day instead of 10. You'll feel better knowing you've reached your goal instead of only getting half of them done.
  • Realistic - Be realistic when setting your goals. It's not likely you will win the lottery this year. Just the same, it is not likely you will be able to switch from disorganized chaos to organized bliss overnight.
  • Timely - Your resolution has to be reachable within the time frame you allow yourself. The average person needs at least 3 weeks to form a good habit. That is 3 weeks of effort toward making it a habit. Give yourself enough time. If you feel too pressured or too overwhelmed, you will be more likely to slip back into your old "comfortable" routine. Keep your resolutions to a minimum and have them posted where you will see them frequently. Constant reinforcement will help you stick with it.

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