Yes, I know it is the 3rd week of January. Yes, I know that most people (especially Professional Organizers) began their resolutions at the beginning of the month. Well, good for them. For some reason I can never seem to really kick off my New Year until about this time … when the kids are back on schedule, holiday decorations are a distant memory and I have gotten used to writing the new date on my checks. So please indulge me as I share with you one last blog about resolutions.
For those of you who follow my blog, you know that at the beginning of each year I choose a motto that I hope will frame my experiences for the upcoming year. Usually around November I start paying attention to what is floating around – on social media, in print, on the radio (although I do have a strict policy of not paying attention to anything that comes from Miley Cyrus…).
There are tons of motivational and inspiring quotes out there but I keep searching and wait until one of them grabs me and resonates. I look for one that will force me to grow – one that sometimes scares me a little – one that if I accept its challenge will surely put me in a better spot on December 31st than I was 364 days before. I even have an awesome friend who does this with me and then we keep each other accountable throughout the year. As a matter of fact, her phrase last year was “Get Sh!t Done” – and boy did she have a productive year!
So here’s a super quick re-cap of the previous 2 years…
It’s awesome to have a big year with a lot of significant accomplishments but you can only do it every so often – it’s downright exhausting!
Another winner! I really stepped out of my comfort zone last year and not only did I survive, but my world became so much bigger. I can proudly say that I am now much more comfortable challenging what I think my limits may be.
And now ….(drumroll please) for my 2014 motto….
I know – it seems kind of simple. And not really much of a call to action. But here’s what it says to me … I have opportunity. I have the opportunity to look with a fresh perspective at all that I do and decide if it is still serving me. Life is so hectic and once we are used to doing something a certain way, it’s too easy to get caught up using that routine without stopping to figure out if it is still the best way for us. Think about how much your life has changed in the last 3 years … amazing, isn’t it? But I bet there are a good number of systems and routines in your life that you just use on automatic pilot regardless of how much your circumstances have changed. After all, isn’t it easier to just make do rather than re-work the whole system?
Well, no more for me! Making 2014 my year means that I am going to look at how and why I do things and consciously choose them rather than just assume them. I’m going to question what I am doing – “Do I really need/want to attend this function or would I rather be home?” I’m going to question how I do things – “Do I really still need save all these papers now that so much information is online?” I’m going to question why I do things – “Do I still enjoy serving on this committee or am I doing it more out of obligation?”
Sometimes the answer will be yes and sometimes the answer will be no … but I will be choosing how I am going to do things this year and make sure it all fits with who I am and where I am in 2014!
PS – Since January is National Organizing Month I wanted to share a super easy but super effective organizing tip that you can implement right now. Use the 2 Minute Rule… anything that needs your attention and can be done in 2 minutes or less DO IT RIGHT THEN. Don’t put it off until later! If you can make this one of your daily habits you will significantly reduce the clutter and the items on your to-do list. Some tasks that fall into this category would be….
- Schedule an appointment
- File daily incoming papers
- Enter contact info into your database
- Wash a few dishes
- Send a thank you note
- Delete emails you don’t need
- Sort the mail as you bring it in
- Put an item away rather than piling it for later
You get the idea … remember, it’s the little things that add up to make the biggest difference!