Great tips to stay organized

March 10, 2010 | 34 Comments

I subscribe to this great website that helps remind me of great tips to get and stay organized. Here’s a sample of some of their tips:

Personal goals can help you accomplish an assortment of objectives and serve a variety of purposes. Goals may be short term and relatively easy to accomplish like cleaning the house or making a casserole for dinner before picking the kids up from school. Alternatively, your goals may be more long term or complex and involve multiple steps and processes such as shedding weight before a vacation or saving enough to retire by the age of 65. Whatever they may be, the goals you set for yourself will guide your daily actions and steer your life in a direction you deem satisfying.Setting goals, especially long term goals, can be an intimidating process. After all, these objectives will determine what path you will take and directly affect your level of satisfaction with career, family, and life. An organized approach to goal setting will ensure your goals are appropriate, purposeful, and when achieved, will result in a satisfactory outcome. By taking an organized approach to setting goals, you can target your objective and achieve success with minimal stress and maximum fulfillment.

1) Know your purpose. Motivation is a key factor in successfully achieving goals. If you are not able to recognize the reason why you have set a goal, you may find it challenging work towards completion of that goal. If your goals include getting a promotion at work, remind yourself that the effort and hard work you exert to achieve that promotion may ultimately lead to an increase in pay, better hours, a nicer office, or other benefits.
2) Set a reasonable time frame. Rome wasn’t built in a day and many goals cannot be accomplished in one either. Give yourself a specific start and end date for your goals and include benchmark dates along the way whenever appropriate. For most people, spring cleaning your home will take longer than one afternoon to accomplish. Ask yourself what a reasonable length of time would be to achieve your goal given your schedule. Break larger goals down into smaller, more manageable sections. Consider addressing bedrooms one day, bathrooms another, and common living areas on a third day.
3) Choose goals that are reachable. Setting goals that are impossible to attainable will only discourage you, resulting in a lack of motivation to achieve that goal and others as well. If your goal is to slim down, don’t expect to lose a bunch of pounds in the first week. Instead, consult your physician to determine what a healthy goal weight would be and together you can establish a reasonable weekly target.
4) Be Specific. Do not set goals that are vague or unfocused. When setting goals, always ask who, what, where, why, and when. Do your goals include planting a garden this year? Before you begin, ask yourself, who will participate. Is this a family garden or just for mom? What will you plant–flowers or vegetables? Where will you plant it? Why do you want to plant a garden? Is it for stress relief, to save money, or possibly a hands-on science lesson for the kids? When is the appropriate time to prepare the garden and plant it? Answering these questions before your project begins will ensure it is a smooth process and promotes successful completion.



5) Base goals on your own actions. All goals you set should be based solely on your own actions and things that are within your control. We would all like our children to achieve perfect grades on their report cards, but a child’s grades are not within your control and therefore should not be a personal goal for you. Instead, setting aside 30 minutes every evening to help your child with their homework is something you are able to control and can ultimately help your son or daughter achieve good grades.
6) Write goals down and review them often. Goals should guide your life on a daily basis and frequent reminders will help you remember what you are working towards. Once you have set your goals, write them down in a place you will see them regularly. A brightly colored post-it note on your agenda or calendar can catch your eye each time you glance at it and remind you of short term goals. Alternatively, if your long term goal is to retire by the age of 65, designate an annual date to review your progress with a spouse, personal financial planner, or accountant and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that you are able to achieve your goal.
7) Hold yourself accountable. Become your own critic and be critical of the progress you make in achieving your goals. Only you know what your best effort looks like and what you are capable of. If your goals are reasonable and there have been no unforeseen circumstances, you are the one responsible if goals are not met. If finishing the laundry today was your goal and you spent an hour chatting on the phone with a friend instead, you may need to skip your bedtime reading to complete the laundry.
8) Reward yourself! When you have completed your goals, give yourself a small reward for all of your hard work. Knowing there will be a worthwhile incentive in exchange for your efforts will motivate you to finish and inspire you to set more goals for yourself in the future. If you worked hard and saved up enough money for a family vacation, buy yourself a book to read on the airplane or schedule a spa service at your destination hotel.

Setting goals, whether they be short or long term, no longer needs to be a stressful or intimidating task. An organized approached to goal setting will greatly increase your chances of success and help you develop a positive attitude towards setting goals. When you take an organized approach, you minimize barriers such as disorganization, inefficiency, lack of motivation, and confusion thus clearing the way for you to accomplish whatever goal you set your mind to!




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