‘Tis the Season

…For getting more organized.

by Amanda LeBlanc

I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already. I know most of you feel the same way. The years seem to be passing by at a much faster rate and nothing is slowing them down. Many people get to December and think of all the things they didn’t get to do this year; the things that only a year before they had been so optimistic about accomplishing. Many people feel down in December as they see another year come to a close and only wish they had taken better advantage of their time. Though this may be true, December is also a time to prepare for a fresh start, a new year ahead, and a better plan to make this one count.

In my life, I have never made New Year’s resolutions. I know why people do, but I just feel it isn’t productive for me. I have goals, and I usually find time near the end of the year to think about my life and reflect on things that have happened and where I want to go from here. I am a firm believer that God is in control of my life, so for me, this time of reflection also includes a lot of prayers. I pray for direction, for clarity in my path and for God to direct my desires.

During this time, I pull out the previous goals that I have written down over the years and look to see which ones I have accomplished, which ones no longer are a part of my wants and which ones I am still working on. I am always surprised to see how many I have accomplished without even consciously working towards them. I attribute this to the reflection and deep thought that goes in to writing those goals down. They are the true desires of my heart, and that doesn’t go away just because that piece of paper isn’t in front of me on a daily basis. I firmly believe this is the way we should look at goals and the possibilities of the New Year.

When we think about goals, where we want to be and what we want to accomplish, we need to remember the acronym S.M.A.R.T. which stands for specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely. This will help you create better goals that have a greater chance of being accomplished. In these goals, it’s important to also remember that you can have short term and long term goals. Another step to take as you are considering your goals is to think about a few important actions you will need to take in your daily life that will help you achieve those goals.

Since many of you are going to have getting organized as one of your goals, let’s look at how you can break this goal down.

First, getting organized is a very big goal and by itself is very vague. Let’s look at certain aspects of getting organized that you may want to tackle: creating a more efficient morning routine, having a better system for doing laundry or even having an organized master suite. These are goals that are attainable and together they will create a more organized life. Let’s look at one of the goals, creating a more efficient morning routine. Getting up 5 minutes earlier each week until you are up 30 minutes earlier; taking a shower in the evening so you will have more time in the morning; prepare the kids’ after school activity bags on Sunday for the whole week so that you aren’t running around looking for ballet shoes in the morning; etc. Building on these actions will get you to a better morning routine.

Well, it sounds easy enough yet each year millions of people fail to accomplish their goals. Why? Lack of self discipline and desire cause us to quit trying. We are at war with ourselves. Self discipline is what you need more than anything else to accomplish your goals. Motivation will wane. Excitement will diminish. Talking about or thinking about your goals is much easier than doing what needs to be done to accomplish them. We simply don’t want to not eat that piece of chocolate cake. We aren’t interested in waking up earlier, and we don’t want to spend our free time studying something new. So, we fall back into old habits and our goals begin to collect dust. What makes people successful is the self discipline to do what needs to be done. You must want this goal so much that when desire and motivation fade, self discipline will push you to achieve! Good luck and may you have the best year of your life! Until next month…Keep It Organized!

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