Did you end up making some New Year’s resolutions in January? Perhaps it’s time to scratch this annual routine!
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t actually see the value in them at all. A Professional Organiser without a list? What??
Of late, I’ve been reading a lot of articles in the media about the importance of setting New Year’s resolutions and it made me question, “what sort of Professional Organiser am I that doesn’t believe in writing goals for the new year?”.
That was until I had this discussion with others in the organisation and productivity industry.
So what kind of Professional Organiser am I? The answer to my question, a good one! I am a good Professional Organiser.
Upon reflecting on this article, it dawned on me that as a Professional Organiser I am not alone with my view, it’s actually the view held by many accomplished Professional Organisers and Productivity experts in my industry that I admire.
But why? To be frank, New Year’s resolutions are inefficient and they usually don’t work.
You see, we make big grand plans in January– a time when we are on holidays and away from our normal routine. It’s a moment when we have a lot more time on our hands to romanticise the days, weeks and months that will comprise the year. Our judgement can get quite cloudy and the things we often put in our list end up being impractical once we really think them through.
Maybe you’ve entered February and realised you’ve already fallen short of a few of these goals. Or maybe you’re finding how unrealistic they were to begin with!
The truth is, when we return from our dreamy holidays and resettle back into our normal routines, many of us forget to make space or time to achieve the resolutions that we have just set. A few months into the year, they are often just forgotten.
But we have to start the year with some sort of plan, right? So, what is the alternative?
Rather than setting New Year’s resolutions, I believe in setting clear and concise goals throughout the year at a time that is meaningful to you and your lifestyle. This should be done at a time when you can give your goals your attention and focus on achieving them.
This will help you establish practical goals rather than non-viable ones.
So, let’s begin! What are you hoping to achieve in the next day, week or month? Happy planning!
P.S. If organising your home is one of your top goals, we’d love to help you out! Touch base with us here!