More ways to get organized for the New Year

We’ve seen the first week of 2013 pass—how much of your organizing projects have you completed? If you’re struggling to move forward or simply staring at the laundry sorters and cabinets for garage storage that you purchased, don’t worry, we’ve got some foolproof strategies for approaching your organizational goals.

Write it down. Studies show that one of the best ways to motivate yourself is to write down your goals, resolutions and anything else that you want to accomplish. There’s something about writing down and regularly reviewing your objectives that makes you feel accountable and keeps them at the forefront of your mind. Professional goal-setting consultants claim that writing down your goals enables you to clarify what you want to achieve, helps you overcome resistance and gives you a way to measure progress.

Be specific. Take it a step further and write down all of your appointments and to-do lists, for both your work and your personal life. List deadlines for deliverables at work, weekly goals for your home life and a schedule of all your recurring events.

Implement the easy items first. Laundry sorters are the perfect example for executing this simple strategy. If you’ve bought one or two, then make space in your closet and start using them pronto. If you bought a filing cabinet, label just a few files at first and insert the appropriate items. File paperwork that is always in your face, such as bills or invoices, rather than trying to organize your entire filing system at once. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed by the tasks at hand and you’ll see progress right away.

Scratch the surface. Address the actual surfaces and areas that are in your face before you go deep. Again, this will help you feel the benefits of your progress immediately and will inspire you to go bigger with your attack. Start by tackling that old pile of receipts on your desk, sorting through old books and periodicals, and organizing all those boxes into clearly labeled cabinets for garage storage.

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