by Maria Gracia

There are lots of resolutions made on the 1st of the year including taking off some holiday pounds, eating better, being nicer to people and spending less.

However, one of the most important resolutions you can declare for yourself is one that will affect every area of your life. That is to resolve to be organized in 2009.

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.

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) Get help. If you’re constantly trying to do it all yourself, you’re going to get stressed, exhausted and frustrated. If others are living at home, delegate responsibilities to them. If you live alone, hire help or ask for volunteer help from students or neighbors when you have projects that require extra helping hands.

From Sarah – being organized is what saves me in my life – the way I write my to-Do lists, the way my office clutter either works for me or doesn’t – my kitchen – Maria gives you lots of free stuff, and a very inexpensive, very helpful ebook here, where you can get organized once and for all! Visit Maria at GetOrganizedNow->

(Note from Sarah – any commissions we get from Maria’s book sales go directly to children’s charities – so look around when you land on the link page, see if any of the books interest you, and buy through that page if you want to try one out (I really like them) – then to see all her free tips, go to the bottom of the page where it says “return to getorganized now” and you’ll land on her main page.)


  1. Sandra on January 13, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I find articles like this of help because in today’s live it is very easy to lose focus on what one is dong, and the ease with which things can become overwhelming is never very far off. I am a career woman, with hubby, kids, cat and dog, and finding time for them is never a problem, time for me is a luxury! Better organization and delegation is the way forward for me!

  2. Tina on January 13, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Excellent article for starting off the new year! I have adult ADD and organization has always been a challenge for me. Most people who know me say that I am over-organized. They don’t realize that I need to structure of the calendar and multiple lists to keep me focused on my goals and moving in the right direction. If I can get organized, anybody can!

  3. connie on January 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    This is some very good advice-I especially like making a top 3 list for every day, and writing stuff down. I also like removing the clutter, but wish that would have been expanded on a little-like how? That is my problem! But, really a good article.

  4. cangel on April 6, 2009 at 7:56 am

    This article is great reading for any day of the year. I was impressed when you said that we need to unclutter all parts of our lives. A lot of times I concentrate just on eliminating things and forget about the other aspects of my life that need to be uncluttered. I live alone and I have been feeling guilty about using my limited budget to get help from others. I finally sat down and decided that, not only would I be helping to unclutter and cleanup my space, but I would be helping someone else who could use the money. It is a win-win situation for both of us.

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