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Happy New Year! Making resolutions is a tradition that has been going on for decades, if not centuries. What is also a tradition is the habit of breakingHappy New Year Resolutions these traditions. Have you made a new resolution (or maybe even more than one)? I thought I would share a tip that I find very helpful (and I will be using this year) to ensure that my New Year Resolutions stick.

One of my goals this year is to not beat myself up because I don't reach a goal! To make sure that this happens, I'm going to use a tracking system. It is simple and easy and I'll keep it in my calendar - which is always open and in front of me. Of course, you could keep your tracking system on your phone with a checklist or on the refrigerator. Wherever you keep it, make sure that it is easily and readily accessible.

I will be tracking my goals 10 days at a time and will be using a Spreadsheet (Excel) to track the following goals:

8 glasses of water

15 minutes of Bible study - 5 days per week

30 minutes of exercise - 3 times week per week



                       DAY         1        2        3       4       5       6       7       8       9       10 


Date Started

Drink Water

4 glasses a.m. 

4 glasses p.m.

Exercise 30 minutes 15 minutes of bible study Does this seem really simple? I hope so because that is my intent. Keeping things simple and easy is the key to developing any new habit, keeping a space organized and reaching your goals.

I really like the system above because it will allow me to "see" what I have been doing, accomplishing and what I haven't been doing. Of course, this is all determined on me actually doing my checklist. This is the reason why it is really important to put this in a place that is again, convenient and accessible.

By concentrating on my goals 10 days at a time, there is a greater chance that I will reach my goals and set myself up for success. My other reason for using this type of a chart is that once I have mastered my original goals I can add to them. My next goal will be to increase exercise to 4 days a week and then 5 days a week. This will allow me to set myself up for success.

What are your New Year Resolutions for 2013? Start small to transform yourself, your home, your space and your life. I wish you much success!

Linda Clevenger, Professional Organizer



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About Linda

As an Organizing Consultant and Coach, mom and grandmom, Linda has found answers to the struggles that "moms" deal with every day. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home, you are usually the hub of the household. Linda will be sharing organizing tips, tools, techniques, support and motivation to help you enjoy each day to the fullest. Life doesn't have to be chaotic. Your can choose to be organized. You can read more about Linda and her services at

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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.


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