There is no mistaking that the New Year brings out extra motivation in some of us. Resolutions are born out of staring down the face of a fresh new beginning and wanting to reach out and grab it. I’m sure it’s no surprise that a lot of resolutions center around getting ourselves more organized and being more productive. If this sounds like you, then…
Welcome to NAPO® GO Month!
The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals has designated January as Get Organized and Be Productive (GO) Month. This month-long event celebrates how NAPO® members improve the lives of their clients by helping them create environments that support productivity, general health, and well-being.
As a professional member of NAPO® (you can see my member bio here), I’m committed to doing my best to not only showcase a high level of professionalism but to help others see the benefits of a well-organized way of life. If getting more organized and being more productive is on your list of resolutions, here are a few tips on how to make your resolution a reality.
Visualize Your Goal
What does being organized mean to you? How will you feel when you reach your organization or productivity goals? Once you have a clear vision of where you want to be then write it down. This will give you something to go back to when you need a reset or need some motivation.
Make a List
Starting with a list is a great way to ground yourself in your expectations. It is also helpful to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper so that you can really focus on them. Your list should include the areas in your life, home, or office that need some help or organization. You can also keep it simple and make a list of two or three things you can do this month to get yourself started.
Prioritize and Make a Plan
Once you have a list, go back and put some order to it. Remember, your list, your order. Do you want a few quick wins? Put some 15-30 minute projects at the top of your to-do list. You’ll feel so good as you get them done that you may find yourself motivated to keep going. If you have a pain point that is blocking you, something like an overwhelming inbox that keeps you from getting any work done, then put that at the top of the list.
Set Aside Some Time
Make an appointment with yourself. Decide on a time you can jump in and put it on your calendar. Do what you can with the time you have. If you need to clean out your closet, but only have a half-hour, then maybe go through just shoes or just pants. Small steps still lead you to your goal.
Last but not least, if you feel like you are in way over your head, then hiring a professional may be just what you need. If you are interested in learning more about how Organized Priorities can help, check out our contact page and reach out for more information.
You can also check out the NAPO website at www.NAPO.net to find a professional in your area.
If you would like more information about NAPO® Go Month then head on over to their event landing page – https://www.napo.net/page/GOMonth2021.