It's likely that someone popped the question this season. No, not the "will you marry me?" question, but "what is your New Year's resolution?" Finding more time to work out, losing those last five pounds, spending more quality time with the kids all top the list. So does the pledge to get more organized.
It's great that so many people want to join the club, but with statistics suggesting that 75 percent of people give up their resolutions within a matter of weeks, how can you stick to your guns?
Sarah on "what you don't organize can hurt you"
People think organizing is just about having a closet with all of the same hangers or keeping all your shoes lined up by color. It's really not about that. Instead, living an organized life means that you're free from the last-minute scramble. If you don't organize important things like your finances, your personal medical history, etc., when you need that information you'll be even more stressed. A little organization can transform your life.
Alicia on "spending time doing what you want"
I always find that if I take the time to organize a few things, then I can spend my time doing what I want. For instance, I cook meals on Sunday so I don't have to rush around the kitchen when I get home from work. Instead, I just pop my premade meal into the oven or microwave and spend that time instead helping my daughter with her homework and hearing about her day.
Three Tips for Sticking to Your "Get Organized" Resolution.
1. Find a buddy. Whether it's a fellow slacker who wants to get organized or she's the one you want to copy, find a friend who will help you keep your promises. Meet to kick off your plan and check back four to five weeks later, when most people quit. Also, plan a weekly check-in by phone or e-mail, and report to each other what you've accomplished. It keeps you focused and feeling successful.
2. Trade duties. Sit down with your buddy and determine your strengths and weaknesses. Don't be afraid to provide insight into your weaknesses and trade duties. If you hate scheduling, let her take over yours and you take over what gives her the most difficulty.
3. Make some things nonnegotiable. Your photo pile can wait a few more weeks, but there are some non-negotiable items when it comes to transforming your life with organization. Emergency plans, medical details and legal and financial information are musts and should be accomplished before any other projects. Buttoned Up's Life.Doc is a great starting point.
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