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New Year, New You!

posted Jan 5, 2011, 8:04 AM by Kristin Mastromarino Vander Wiede

It’s National Get Organized Month and getting organized makes the top ten list of popular New Year’s resolutions every year.  As Wendy pointed out, while the tradition of setting resolutions is a positive one, feeling as if you failed immediately when you have made unrealistic goals or too many to achieve at once can be more of a detriment. 

Making a list of your goals never hurts.  Wendy is already on the right track because she wrote them out.   There is something to be said about your success level with any goal if you put it on paper and look at it often. 

Wendy, I want you to do more than just write these goals down in the blog so you are reminded of them often.  Here are some ways you can keep them on the forefront of your mind throughout the year to hold yourself accountable.  Do what works for you.

·         Make an enlarged list of these goals and post them on your office wall.

·         Print them and stick them in the front of a journal. 

·         Hang the list in your bathroom to look at in the morning when you get ready.

·         Put a list in your car.

·         Create a vision board with magazine cut outs representing your different goals if you are more of an abstract thinker.

·         Set a day on your calendar each month to review your goals and assess how you are doing, what is realistic for you and what you want to still work on.

·         Reward yourself for achieving parts of your goals (i.e. being on time for a week straight)

·         Have a friend check in to see how you are doing with your resolutions.

Good luck with your resolutions.  I want to hear back next week to see what worked and what didn’t!

Kristin is a professional organizer and owner of Livable Solutions Professional organizing ( as well as The Organized Lifestyle Store (  Check in next week to see Wendy’s response!