Goal-setting for 2013

Are you one who agonizes every year about how to set resolutions that are realistic yet challenging enough to be worth your while working toward? Or do you just drift into the new year with the belief that whatever happens is fine with you?

Why do we even consider making resolutions when many of them are forgotten almost before they’re made?

At the top of most resolutions lists, in no particular order, are: lose weight, get organized, stop smoking (for those who still smoke), exercise more—you get the idea.

Let’s think about them as goals instead of resolutions. Somehow, the word “goals” seems more achievable. With this in mind, here are a few tips:

1. Visualize success:

Remember that vision board that was so popular a few years ago? Why not resurrect it with a new purpose? This time it can be a visual representation of what we want to do or where we want to go in the next 12 months.

Taking the “lose weight” idea as an example, find pictures that represent what you want to look and feel like once you’ve lost some weight. Be sure to note how many pounds you want to lose and some perks you’ll give yourself at specific places along the route. Say, if you want to lose 30 pounds, treat yourself at maybe 10, 20 and pounds down. Then have a great celebration when you’ve reached your goal. No high calorie foods allowed as treats.

If you want to get organized, decide what your home will look like once it is organized. Will you be able to do all this yourself, or will you need help? Often, I hear my clients say that even though they knew what to do, it was difficult to impossible to motivate themselves to implement this knowledge.

2. Prioritize:

Decide what part of the project is most important and do that first. If you’re a list person, write down each step in priority order so you can check it off once completed. Your list can be in whatever format works best for you—paper, smart phone, android device etc. just so it’s easy to consult regularly to visually check your progress.

3.  Measure progress:

Update your vision board regularly so you can enjoy having completed parts of the project and check those off your priorities list. Not only will this help you see where you are, it will help you be accountable for your progress.

You may find yourself adding projects to your vision board. If they’re replacing priorities noted earlier, be sure to update your list as well, so everything is synchronized. This will make dealing with working toward goals more coherent and you’ll be less likely to go off-track.

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© Moreen Torpy

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Moreen Torpy is the De-Clutter Coach, a Trained Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker. Her new book is Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In. See www.GoForwardDownsize.com for more about the book including where to purchase it, and www.decluttercoach.ca to learn about her organizing services and other books.

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