January is designated as "Get Organized" Month by the National Association of Professional Organizers.
You probably set goals at the beginning of past New Years, and maybe you have some in mind for 2014. Some of the most popular goals set each year are:
1. Lose Weight
2. Quit Smoking
3. Spend more time with family and friends
4. Pay off bills and....
5. Get organized
So why is it that we don't reach this final goal? Well, being organized can mean different things to different people. For some, it can be as simple as the goal to stop spending (and wasting) time looking for things that they can't find. Getting organized can mean having systems and processes in place to make your household or business run smoothly and more efficiently.
I challenge you to make this year different. Here are some simple steps that you can take to make sure that you Get Organized in 2014.
Be clear with your expectations. I have a dry erase board in my kitchen that tells my family exactly what I expect to be done every day. This can be simple things such as: unloading the dishwasher, dusting and/or vaccuuming (just one floor of the house at a time), filing paperwork and a laundry schedule.
It can (and should) include calendar maintenance and a shopping schedule. There are a lot of time-saving tips that you can use to track these items. I have spoken about using a calendar on many occasions - and it doesn't matter whether your calendar is electronic or paper!
We all have many titles/hats that we wear every day. I am a business owner, mother, housekeeper, cook, church volunteer, school volunteer, blogger and just started my own cable television show. I don't say this to brag...I say it because it is all possible because of the following:
1. Maintenance - for business and my home, i.e. having a schedule
2. Communication with family members - I set expectations of everyone (even my five year old) and these are easily met through communication.
3. Scheduling your time and (more importantly) your energy. Focus on what is important every day. Be able to make decisions about needs vs. wants.
I challenge you to set goals for yourself and your family to make changes in 2014. Use Get Organized Month as your reason to get started because...Nothing Will Happen - Until Something Happens!
Don't Agonize - Get Organized!