As the year is wrapping up, we are getting into a very good time of year to set goals for next year. If you want a more organized home, follow these steps to get really clear on what your goal is, why you want it, and to uncover other subconscious beliefs surrounding your goal. Get out a notebook and a pen, and spend some time answering the questions in this post. Once you’ve gotten clear on your goal, make sure to write it down somewhere that you see often, so you don’t forget what you’re working towards.
- State goal in the positive. What do you want? Make sure to always say what you want rather than what you don’t want. Focus on what you want. For example, your goal could be something like “I want to be able to find the things I’m looking for in my home”, “I want to feel calm in my home”, or “I want to process the mail on a daily basis.” Examples of goals stated in the negative are: “I don’t want to have clutter on my desk”, “I don’t want to have a dozen random to-do’s spread out all over the house”, or “I don’t want to be overwhelmed by clutter.” Your ideas about what you don’t want can help you get to what you do want, just make sure you are focusing more on what you DO want.
- Initiate and maintain yourself. Make sure your goal is something you can control yourself rather than relying on other people. For example, you can make sure YOU pick up after yourself, but you don’t make your goal reliant upon other people in your home dealing with their own clutter.
- Get present. Notice where you are on your goal setting journey now. You may even want to take photos of yourself or your surroundings to objectify your current situation.
- Get specific. What will you see, hear, and feel, when you have your goal? Make this really compelling for yourself. You can even imagine a photo or video of yourself in the future, once you’ve accomplished your goal.
- Have you tried this before? What happened? What stopped you?
- How will you know when you have achieved your goal? When goals are vague, it can be hard to recognize when you’ve achieved them, and you can get plagued with a feeling of “never doing enough.”
- What will achieving this goal do for you, give you, or get you? Why do you want this? What would happen if you achieved your goal? What would happen if you didn’t achieve your goal? These next two questions are tricky… what wouldn’t happen if you got your goal? What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t get your goal? Spend some time giving thought to these questions.
- This is an important step. Don’t skip this question! What does maintaining your old behavior/habit/situation do for you, give you, or get you? This is a very important question to answer! Every undesirable habit/ situation always has some kind of a positive intention. Recognize it. For example, having a lot of clutter around could give you a good excuse not to do something else.
- What resources are needed? What do you need to get to your desired outcome?
- Now that you’ve achieved some clarity on what your goal is, visualize it. Close your eyes and use all your senses to visualize the future version of yourself. Describe what you see, hear, and feel once you’ve seen yourself achieving your goal.
Now that you’ve been able to spend some time getting clear on your goal, what beliefs did you uncover about yourself that were the most surprising? Send me a message, I’d love to hear about it!
Posted By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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