Are you ready for a new year? A new year can be a fresh start and an opportunity for a new beginning. Unfortunately, when we think of the new year, we also think of broken New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions tend to be broken because often the goals set are unrealistic. Although it’s not unrealistic to stop smoking, if you’ve smoked for the past 5 years, it’s better to give up gradually and give yourself more time to quit, than expect to quit in a week. The same goes for weight loss. It’s best to think in terms of a lifestyle change rather than giving up everything you love to eat in the first week. There’s a less chance of failure when you’re not feeling deprived of all of your favorite foods. All you’ll need is a bad day at work and you’ll be off your “diet”.
Getting organized is also one of the top 5 New Year’s resolutions that people struggle with. However, it’s important to remember that getting organized cannot be achieved overnight. It’s better to have a goal to be better organized and to give yourself a few months to learn how. Allowing more time gives you the opportunity to learn new organizational techniques in the areas you struggle with and time for some occasional backsliding, because we all make mistakes when learning something new.
Let’s say that you procrastinate when it comes to dealing with the mail. Then to make matters worse, when you finally begin sorting the mail, you don’t quite know what to do with all of the paper, so it remains in a pile of clutter. Suddenly it’s clear why you procrastinate! Why? Because dealing with the mail is frustrating to you because it never seems to really get done.
So, in order to stop this never ending cycle you’ll need to learn some organizational systems for dealing with the mail and find a system that doesn’t leave unfinished paper piles. Once you’ve set up a system that works for you, you will be more likely to deal with the mail on a more frequent basis – ideally, daily!
January is also Get Organized Month (GO Month). Sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), GO Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and of hiring a NAPO professional organizer.* NAPO chapters around the country will be holding GO Month events to raise awareness in their community. To learn about the NAPO chapter in Baltimore, visit the NAPO Baltimore chapter website at www.NAPOBaltimore.org.
For more info:
NAPO national press release “Meet 2010 Resolutions during January’s Get Organized Month”
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