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.)