Will it be a “New” Year?

As we look back to another year gone by, we think ahead to the things we want to change in the up-coming year to make it a better one.  Here comes the New Year’s resolutions.  We join health clubs to get healthy; we hire financial advisors to get our money in order; we buy products to help us stop smoking and we take classes to become further educated.  Among the top ten resolutions made are getting organized and being less- stressed.  These two actually go hand-in-hand; the more organized you become, the less stress you will have.  Most of the resolutions made require help from the outside, yet we try to get organized all on our own.  They require changing long-time habits, but we think we are strong enough to go it alone.  Hence, why getting organized is among the top five resolutions that fall quickly by the way-side.  Why try to do it alone?

  • Make an appointment with a trusted friend or relative and be accountable to it. Make sure it is someone you trust to be honest with you in the tough decisions; someone who will be able to ask you the right questions and give helpful advice. Have them over and explain to them where you want to become more organized.  Develop a list of action plans to accomplish in a desired length of time and ask them to return to see your accomplishments.
  • You may want to begin organizing in the area which causes you the most stress.  It will give you great relief.
  • Also, discuss with your family your plans to get organized and explain that you need their support.  There’s nothing worse than someone coming along behind you and un-organizing you!
  • Making labels, laminating pictures and color-coding things are great tools to help in the organization process.
  • Throw out anything that gives you negative thoughts or feelings.  Who needs um?

Getting organized and relieving stress does not have to be a daunting task when there is someone along- side you to assist with the job.  With their help, you can make this a “New” year.