So, how are those New Years Resolutions coming along? Are you worried that failure is on the horizon? Perhaps it is because the resolution you made was too all encompassing, and therefore a recipe for failure.
As a Professional Organizer I see this a lot. January is typically a fairly quiet month as most individuals have resolved to make changes and are all gung-ho to do it on their own. The calls for help start arriving toward the end of the month when they find the organizing task is just too overwhelming. But if you are interested in continuing to organize on your own, the best advice I can give is to START SMALL. This and a couple of other tips are in a previous post, and may help you on your journey to a more organized life.
There are also many books out there to provide you with inspiration, advice for keeping on task, and strategies for every room in the home. (Some of my favorites can be found in Organizing 4 U’s Amazon Bookstore.) A winner for this time of year is Small Move, Big Change Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold. It takes the START SMALL step a bit further and may prove to be the best $3.91 you have ever spent.
Ms Arnold, writing from personal experience, provides The Seven Rules of Microresolutions. She then shows these rules in action in the following areas: sleep, fitness, diet & nutrition, clutter, relationships, spending, punctuality and organization. WOW, this covers a lot of territory! The author cautions, however, to take on only two microresolutions at a time. “A new habit takes hold only through consistent repetition, and that takes concentration and effort.”
Overall, the guidance provided in this book is set up to help you form habits in the areas you wish to improve upon. “Any system you create for yourself will be only as strong as the habits you build to support it, so start with a simple system and elaborate it as needed over time.” Great advice!
All the best in 2016! Let me know how you are succeeding with your MICRORESOLUTIONS.
Thanks for reading,