Each new year we see the opportunity to refresh, revitalize, resolve and renew. Our goals are the road map we follow for the year. We determine what is most important to us and what we will honor as our priorities.
Start the year off spending time strategizing and writing what will be your focus in personal, professional, spiritual, wellness, family and other goals this year.
Write down your goals, being very specific.
The more detail you have written down, the more you have made the goal a reality. Keep your goals in view each and every day.
List the benefits and the obstacles.
The big question is why? What will be the worth of this accomplishment? What challenges will you encountered? Write these down so you know your reasons and rationale for your goals as well as your stumbling blocks.
Make yourself accountable with deadlines.
Set a date you want to complete the goal and each step along the way.
Create a team
Write a list of resources, groups and people to contact who will assist if you ask them.
Plan your work and work your plan
Create a plan with baby steps along the way that include every day actions. Strategize and list activities that take just 15 minutes a day to make your goal a reality. Make a personal commitment to act on your goals, live up to that commitment every day, and visualize yourself succeeding with this goal. Be sure your time and calendar reflect your commitment and advancement to your goal.
Take Back Your Life Symposium
January is the time of year when we all start thinking about change: starting fresh, cleaning the slate, beginning again. Some of us wish we could just make our lives simpler and stress-free. This year, make your resolutions a reality. Take a day off for yourself and let us help you get organized!
Join Professional Organizer Ellen Delap, left, and Professional Counselor Deborah Olson, M.A., LPC, for “Take Back Your Life,” a symposium designed to empower women to lead healthy, balanced and organized lives, Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 North Loop West, off 610 West at the T.C. Jester Blvd exit, in Houston. Learn ways to define goals and set priorities. Develop strategies for weekly planning and tools for your calendar. Learn the psychology of clutter and how to de-clutter your home. The day includes a continental breakfast, light lunch, snacks and supplies. Register early; seating is limited. Cost is $99 per person if paid by Jan. 31. Tickets at the door are $125. For information and to register, call 281.360.3928 or visit professional-organizer.com or kingwoodcounseling.com.
Ellen R. Delap
Making Time and Space for what's important to you!
Member/Past President NAPO Houston
Member National Association of Professional Organizers
Member National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization