Get Organized Month 2015 is winding down – is your motivation winding down with it? If so, now is the time to recommit yourself to end January in a more organized space and state of mind.
If you need some extra motivation to finish out the month strong, try the following tips:
1. Review Your Goals – Pull out your Get Organized Month goals and review them. Didn’t write them down? Do so now, so you have a visual reminder of what you want to get done. This is an important step so don’t skip it – research has proven that writing down your goals, as opposed to thinking about your goals, makes you more likely to achieve them.Remind yourself not only what you wanted to get accomplished, but WHY you wanted to accomplish those tasks. Maybe you wanted an organized bathroom to make for easier mornings, or a meal planning system to save time grocery shopping and help yourself prepare healthier meals. Once you’ve remembered your main motivation for the project, hopefully it makes the task to achieve that goal less burdensome.
2. Book Some Time – There’s not a ton of time left in January so it’s important to make sure you’re using the time you do have wisely. Once you’ve reviewed your goals, book time on your calendar to complete your tasks. Realistically evaluate each task and the amount of time it will take you to complete, but also keep in mind your personal working style. Are you most productive in the morning? The evening? Weekdays? Weekends? Can you sit and work for a two-hour stretch or do you start to get bored after 20 minutes? Then plan accordingly for maximum organization benefit.
3. Seek Help – Still struggling to get your list done? There’s no reason to go it alone if you’re feeling really discouraged. There are an abundance of resources to help you reach your organization goals. On the web, there are some great online resources to help you get on track and give you unique ideas, from organizer blogs to Pinterest (for instance, our “Organization Inspiration” board.) Or you can recruit willing friends or family to help you tackle some of the tougher tasks, or just to lend a hand to help you finish a task twice as fast. Still having a tough time? Check into hiring a Certified Professional Organizer. There are organization experts that specialize in everything from photo organizing, moving organization, calendar coordination, new baby organization, paper organization and more to help you tackle your problem areas.
4. Reward Yourself – Sure, the accomplishment is a reward in itself. But giving yourself an additional treat when you finish a challenging task helps you learn good behaviors and keep them. Consider rewarding yourself with something related to your project to help you celebrate what you’ve accomplished. For instance, if you’ve organized your closet, reward yourself with a new outfit or those pretty storage bins you’ve been wanting. Or if you’ve organized your kitchen pantry, reward yourself with a special dinner at home or a new cookbook.
So get going! There is one full week plus two weekends left in which you can meet your Get Organized Month goals.
And remember: “Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, but better.” –Andrew Mellen
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