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Organize + Energize: Get It Together In 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

 

Here's a New Year's resolution you can actually keep...get organized for 2014!

It won’t be long before the new year! Take some time to reflect on the past year. What changes do you want to make in 2014? Is getting organized on your list of things to accomplish? Start writing your list of everything you want to do. I love writing down goals, because you can reflect on everything you have accomplished and crossing off the list gives you that sense of accomplishment. Get motivated and energized in 2014 and tackle those organizing projects.

Do you want to save money, have more free time, less stress, more energy, and run an efficient and productive home or business? You can have all of this in 2014, just by getting organized. You really can!

Why get organized?

Think about your home or office. How much money have you wasted this past year due to your disorganization? You probably have checks, cash, and maybe gift cards hiding in those piles! That’s motivation alone to get organized. How much time did you waste searching for items? Add up all the time you wasted searching for items over the past year and it just may have added up to an extra day you could have been on the course playing golf or soaking up the sun on the beach. At any point throughout the year, did you find yourself getting anxious or stressed due to your disorganization? Sounds silly, right? We have many more important things to stress about.

If you have an entire home or office that needs an organizing overhaul, don’t get overwhelmed. If you look at the entire project on a whole, you will get stressed and frustrated and nothing will get accomplished. You will have the attitude that it’s just easier to continue to throw onto the piles because it’s easier than figuring out how to tackle the project.

Getting started

Getting organized is a process. Don't feel you need to tackle every project at once. Break up projects into small tasks. Have a plan and follow through with the plan until it is completed. Spread your projects out over the year and by the end of 2014, you will have become organized!

The key to maintaining your organization is having systems in place. The systems have to work for you. You have heard me say this numerous times—the simpler the system, the easier it will be to follow and maintain. The systems you develop will create habits and those habits will form routines and from there, they just become a way of life without even thinking about it. Also, don’t forget to limit your distractions and stay focused during the process.

You can do this! It’s not as difficult as you may think. Think about the benefits. You will have more free time, you will save money, have less stress, more energy, and be more efficient and productive and people/clients will have more confidence in you.

Organizing In RI will be giving presentations throughout RI in the month of January. Do you need a little push in the right direction? Do you need motivation to get you energized to complete your project? Drop in to one of these presentations. They are free and you can find out more by heading over to my website.

Happy New Year!

 

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.


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