Friday, March 5, 2010

make organization your goal

There are lots of goals and resolutions made on the 1st of each; however, just because it is now March doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a few new goals for the rest of the year! One of the most important goals you can make is one that will affect every area of your life. That is to resolve to be more organized!

No matter what your goals are, organizing is at the crux of those goals. If you don't apply organizing principles to the things you wish to do, your thoughts, ideas and results are going to be haphazard.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

1) Remove the clutter. Whether it's clutter in your bedroom or basement, clutter in your email inbox, paper clutter, or clutter in your mind, it's taking up precious space that could be used for the important things in your life.

2) Balance your schedule. A schedule that's all work and no play is just as bad as a schedule of all play and no work. Work to achieve a balance in your schedule that leaves time for work, play, family, goals, friends, education and all the things that are most important to you.

3) Get it on paper. If it's just in your mind, it's floating around up there with everything else you have to think about. Get it on paper, make it concrete, and get it done.

4) Prioritize 1-2-3. Have a minimum of three important things to complete in every day and do them in the order of importance. If you don't complete one of them, that should be on your 1-2-3 Priority List tomorrow.

5) One in? Two out! If your home or office is already cluttered, make it a rule that for every item you bring in, two have to go. By the end of the year, you'll have lightened your load tremendously.

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