It’s a new year! You want to be your best self. Get organized. Lose weight. Exercise. These are some of the most popular resolutions (or goals) year after year. Here’s a reality check: They are all great ideas but they are NOT goals.
Why? Because they are too vague. How can you know if you’ve achieved them? What do you want to organize? How much weight do you want to lose? Do what for exercise? When?
To be successful, remember this acronym when creating goals – SMART.
S Specific: Who, what, when, where, why
M Measurable: Track progress and outcome
A Achievable: Able to be accomplished
R Realistic: The goal and time frame work for you
T Time-bound: When to start and end
Here are examples of how to make them SMART goals.
- I will organize my bedroom by getting rid of clutter, giving everything a home so I can find what I need when I need it by working two hours every Sunday in January in order to complete the project by the end of January.
- I will lose five pounds in January.
- I will walk two miles on the treadmill, four times a week, starting today, to increase aerobic exercise.
See the difference? On February 1st, if the bedroom is organized, you’ve lost five pounds or you walk two miles, four times a week, you accomplished your goal! Conversely, if you haven’t met your goal, don’t give up. Just start anew.
Write down your goals. Schedule blocks of time in your calendar to work on them and honor those appointments as you would if they were with someone else. Close your eyes and imagine achieving your goal. Give yourself little rewards along the way.
Most important is motivation. Without it you’re unlikely to succeed. If you’re not motivated on your own to organize your bedroom and it’s something you really want to do, post a photo of your dream bedroom so you can see it every day. Think about how it would feel to actually live in this room. If you need help, ask a friend, family member or professional organizer.
Have an organized 2016!
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5-Tier Steel Shelf Rack
Start 2016 by getting rid of all your clutter! Get rid of the stuff on your floors, tabletops and counters, then organize what’s left.
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Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford
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