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Tips of the Season
January - April 2015
Smart Goal SettingSmart Goal Setting.

If making changes in your home or office are at the top of your list for the new year you are on target. Getting organized is one of the top three new year's resolutions every year. Like any change, taking small steps get you to where you want to go.
Be sure to set positive, specific, measurable, date driven steps to accomplish your goals. Write it down, exactly how you will go about the change and the deadline you have. A measurable goal helps you see what you have accomplished and making yourself accountable to a date makes your success assured. Here are some ideas to help your organizing and productivity this year.

If your goal is to declutter your home and get organized

  • I will declutter one junk drawer in the kitchen or other small space in my home in 2 weeks.
  • I will keep 10 pairs of pants and eliminate the rest by next Sunday.
  • I will spend 10 minutes every day going through my mail and eliminating paper.
  • My family will have a nightly 10 minute pick up time to get toys and clothes back to their homes.

If your goal is to work smarter and be more productive

  • I will add one hour first thing in the morning to work toward a project that is of primary importance.
  • I will add 10 contacts to my data base this week to grow my business.
  • I will have a 5 minute meeting daily with my assistant to set my plan in motion for the day.
  • I will spend 15 minutes at the end of the day writing my list for tomorrow, putting paper back into folders, and filing emails to get ready for the next day.

If your goal is to be more organized about money, save money and improve finances

  • I will save $10 a week by automatically withdrawing to a savings account.
  • I will write down every expense for one month by category to determine where I can spend less.
  • I will schedule one hour every week for administrative time to pay bills and work with paper.

If your goal is to improve your health

  • I will walk 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
  • I will drink 2 glasses of water each morning before I leave the house and 1 glass with each meal during the day.
  • I will be in bed by 10:30 every other evening.

Whatever your goal, whatever your steps, remember to establish these firmly in a spot during the day. I like to do my baby steps first thing, early in the day, or otherwise the day gets away from me. If you miss a day, just get right back to it the next day. We can't do every goal and be successful. Aim for one big area this year and see what you accomplish. Tackle your goals in small bites and see the difference for yourself!

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