So – Day 13 of the New Year. How you doin’ with those resolutions?
If they were written out of frustration with yourself, I’ll bet you aren’t on track. It works better to write goals in anticipation of great new changes rather than from being angry or disappointed in yourself.
Look at resolutions as playing a game of NEXT TIME.
- Next time I have an excuse for not exercising, I’ll at least give it 10 minutes.
- Next time I reach for chocolate, I’ll have apples handy to snack on instead
- Next time I find myself staring in a trance at emails, I will get out of my chair and do something else requiring movement that will still help me get the job done.
- Next time …..
Make your own list. What are you doing that is getting in the way of making the changes you wrote in your New Year’s Resolutions? Start paying attention to the obstacles and tackle them one at a time.
Dedicate time to creating Conscious Space.
Find a way to dedicate time to creating Conscious Space. Some part of your office and home needs to be clear of clutter. Make this your New You Resolution, and the rest will fall into place.
I often talk about using a timer to help you get tasks completed. I call it Low Impact Housekeeping™. If you need help, get a friend or an assistant to sit with you and help. *
I recently did this with a friend. I sat in his office, set the timer for 30 minutes and told him we would do this for a limited time. When the buzzer goes off. We stop and go do something else. I grabbed the first stack of papers and went through each one. We filed, shredded, tossed, started a TO DO NOW pile… and we stopped when the buzzer went off.
He was so happy about the feeling of freedom when the desk was cleared in only 30 minutes, that he decided we would head out to the storage area. We spent 30 minutes there and – DING! – we stopped. Little by little, cobwebbed corners not touched in years began to show improvement.
The benefit of this? You see movement. You see clutter going away. You see your goals coming into focus. More importantly, you feel better. You will be motivated to keep the space clear, and you will get more done.
The real path to the New You? Clear the Clutter and you’ll find your path!
All the best in the New Year!
* And yes, you can hire me to help you do this. I don’t organize your space. I teach you how to organize your life.
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