As we round the corner into the holiday season, it’s the time of year we often contemplate all that the past year has either done for us (or to us); but more importantly, it’s the time of year when we can reflect on the last 300+ days and think about setting some goals for the new year.
What are your goals for 2019?
For me, 2018 has brought me immense gratitude for the support of all of the amazing doctors, therapists, aides and nurses that helped Peter go from being in constant pain to pain free, the amazing support of the members of my team who support the mission of Your Organizing Consultants and my trusted advisors, friends, family and of course the wonderful clients that we serve.
Taking stock of the year is really similar to getting organized. The process is generally the same, but instead of working through the physical stuff, it’s working through some of that mental clutter. We’ve all got it, packed away in our thoughts. Think about it…
To sort through the physical stuff, you have to pull out all the stuff that’s been packed away and stored for who knows how long. Then, you have to sort through everything that you’ve pulled out. Setting aside what you want to keep and tossing out what simply does not fill a purpose or as Marie Kondo would say, “rid our lives of things that don’t spark joy.”
Sometimes you just need inspiration….
Relax, we’re here to help. Some tools you might consider when thinking about mapping out your goals: a bullet journal set (a useful tool when planning), an actual planner (which we’ve talked about before here), and maybe a whiteboard for your home or office (which FYI, this whiteboard is not only stylish, but it almost looks like a piece of art).
Also, Huffington Post shared some questions a few years back that I liked and think about this time of year. They might help you to spur some ideas or guide you in the process of reflecting on your year. The first six questions focus on looking back, while the last six help you to look forward.
- What went well?
- What surprised you?
- What did this year teach you?
- What are you noticing or even have hunches about?
- What needs to be left behind?
- Wrap up the year with a name that fits: “2018 was the year of ____.”
If we had to put an “organizing” twist to these questions, you could say…
- What system or process went well in 2018?
- What did you learn about yourself in 2018?
- What new skill or process did you learn in 2018?
- What are you noticing about your habits in 2018?
- What can you let go of in 2019?
- Wrap up the year with a new vision for 2019: “2019 will be the year I cross ____ off my list.”
So, you’ve got your process in place, you’ve got your next steps mapped out. Now all you need is a little time to make it happen, right? If we could make one wish for you all this holiday season, it’s that you consider your goals and make yourself a priority in 2019, and if you need help, we’re here for you!
Happy holidays to you and your families.