The new year is often marked by newness of all sorts including new goals, ideas, and projects. As you may have noticed, gyms are often overcrowded as people resolve to finally lose that extra weight. Many are quitting old jobs, starting new ones. Adjusting their budgets, etc. However, you may have also noticed that by the end of the first quarter, people are totally over it.
This is when we tend to drop the ball.
The good news is, there is a way to conquer those goals and finally check off those items on your new year to-do-list. But it all starts with getting organized. Sure, you may have a plan, but are you taking the steps necessary to execute it?
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Here’s the deal, we gotta get organized. Every solid plan can benefit from a bit of organization. So let’s explore a few tips you can use to get organized for the new year and finally start crushing those goals.
Be Realistic with Your Goal-Setting
Building an elaborate vision board is awesome (and I do highly recommend). Writing out that bucket list is great (and I recommend that as well). However, there’s no need to stress yourself out with your goals. Be realistic and consider where you currently stand.
If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck, you’ll only stress yourself out by making “Become a millionaire by the end of the year” one of your goals. Now, while you may very well be able to accomplish such a thing, I do suggest breaking this milestone into smaller chunks. For example, you can make it a goal to double your income, or save X amount of money each week, or clean out X amount of debt.
All of these steps can ultimately take you closer to millionaire status but each step is small enough that it doesn’t totally freak you out and kill your confidence.
Use a Calendar
A calendar and/or a planner is an absolutely must-have. Whether you choose to go digital or use a paper calendar or dry erase board, just make sure you have a place to jot down your daily schedule.
I personally love the Erin Condren Planner and Calendar Collection.
Here are some of my favorites from the collection:
From my experience with getting organized, I have learned that a good planner is a necessity.
I am obsessed with fancy planners that boast beautiful colors, inspirational quotes, and fun stickers. It makes planning that much more exciting!
And I will admit, I am wayyyy more likely to remember to use my planner when I actually have fun using it. You can check out my Erin Condren Coiled LifePlanner™ in the image above.
So if you really want to overcome forgetfulness and boost productivity, use your calendar.
Focus on Daily Goals
It is so easy to get overwhelmed with your long New Year to-do-list. This is why I really like to emphasize breaking to-dos into smaller steps.
Focus on your daily schedule. Don’t worry about the future. All that truly exists is the present, and as difficult as it may be, we need to focus more on being present.
Use your daily schedule pad to stay on track with today’s list. Your LifePlanner can be used for your larger to-do-list by the week, month, or year. Although you can also use your LifePlanner to stay on top of your daily schedule. But I am a huge fan of the schedule deskpad that I use in my home office and the pocket planner for when I’m on the go. These items help me to work towards my larger goals without getting overwhelmed.
Organize Your Files and Paperwork
There’s nothing worse than not being able to find what you need when you need it.
I’m sure you’ve been through this before. And if so, you know how frustrating this can be. It is important that you set aside some time to organize your files and paperwork, and set up a system that is sustainable for the long term.
You’re going to need a few things to accomplish this task:
- File folders (physical and digital)
I currently use Erin Condren’s Designer File Folders to separate my paperwork by category. This is where I store my tax documents (I also have a digital folder saved on my computer for this), insurance paperwork, bills, etc.
If you have a ton of paperwork, you may find that you need to invest in a good filing cabinet to hold your folders. Otherwise, you can simply use a small filing box.
You can also scan these items and create digital folders to save on your computer if you really want to keep down the clutter.
Speaking of digital folders, this concept also applies to your digital documents which can easily become a hot mess on your device.
Whatever the case may be, an effective filing system will definitely save you a ton of stress.
- Just a few rules to keep in mind when filing your paperwork:
- Keep it simple- You don’t want to have too many different categories. You want it to be quick and easy to locate your files. So try to keep it minimal.
- No longer need it? Shred it. Don’t even waste time filing away documents you know you no longer need. Just send it straight to the shredder. Bye-bye.
- Put some thought into naming your files. Consider what keywords you would typically search for to locate that item. For example, 2020 Tax Documents
- Consider using services such as Dropbox, iCloud, or One Drive to store your digital files
Consider DIY Organization Solutions
You can use some of these cool DIY Organization Hacks to tidy up your home and have some fun in the process.
Simply add some of these organization projects to your daily/weekly to-do-list, and by the end of the year, your house can be in tiptop shape.
Out with the Old, In with the New
If you don’t use it, don’t plan to use it, and it simply adds no value to your life – GET RID OF IT.
Just let it go. Make room for the new.
I like to declutter by getting three bags/boxes and labeling each: Trash, Donate, Gift. When I am cleaning out a room (or my car), this is the concept that I use. If it’s a total waste of space and energy, it goes to the trash or recycling bin. If it is something that is still quite useful, just not very useful to me – I donate it. If it is something valuable that I no longer have space or time for, I gift it to a friend or family member that could get some use out of it.
Using the tips outlined in this post, you can start the year off strong. Don’t give in to the chaos. Get organized and live your best life this year.