Organizing your life to achieve your goals is a two step process: making a decision and then taking action.
Step one involves clearly defining what it is that you want to accomplish. It means ignoring all of the minutiae around you and making a decision that no matter what, this is what you want to create in your life.
So much of what we accomplish is our life is tied to what we are willing to let go of to have it. Every goal comes with the risk of losing something in the process and often we find ourselves content to dabble in lesser endeavors to avoid the loss associated with the gain.
Just like organizing a closet or a room, organizing your life to achieve your goals takes courage and clarity, and it starts with making one decision and supporting that decision with a clearly crafted plan of action.
Organizing to achieve your goals means creating systems in your life that help you take action on what's really important to you. Read on to learn how to take the small steps required to organize your life to achieve your goals.
Make a Bucket List
Start with making a list of all the goals you have for your life. Write every one of them down, large and small. Don't analyze, just write. Once you have the list completed, post it somewhere that only you can see it every day. Make sure that you can see it. Don't let it get buried in the clutter!
Make a Decision
Next, decide on the ONE goal that you are going to work towards for the next 60-90 days. Which of your goals has been nagging at you? Maybe it's losing weight, or finishing a project, or even decluttering a room! Whatever it is, DECIDE that you are going to commit the time and resources necessary to get it done.
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Use Your Calendar
Now, break the goal down into small steps that you can work on every day, 15-30 minutes at a time. Write them down in order, and then, write each step on each day of the calendar that you will take action and do them. Be sure to add an alert to the task if you add it to the calendar on your phone or computer.
This is the most important step of any organizing project - making sure that you stay accountable to your commitment. Treat this calendar appointment as you would any other very important obligation. It is, after all, a commitment to your future and your success. And what's more important than that?
Take Action and Celebrate
Remember that it takes time to complete anything worthwhile. Look at your goal every day and keep your calendar appointments! With each step that you complete, each appointment that you keep, celebrate your success. You did it! You took a step towards something that is really important to you. Keep on keeping on!
If you miss a day don't crawl back into your clutter. Tell yourself that you will do better tomorrow. And then review your goals, look at your steps and your calendar, pick yourself back up and try again.
Remember the 21 Day Trick
It takes 21 days of doing something consistently to create a habit. So, consider this when listing your action steps and planning your calendar. Twenty-one days. It's not that long and if you do it once you'll know the feeling of success and be motivated to take on another goal.
Reset and Repeat
That's it. That's how you organize your life to keep achieve your goals. Do it once, celebrate, and do it again. Before you know it you'll be on the road to living the life you dreamed of!
So don't delay decision-making, embrace it and before you know it you'll be on the road to living the life you dreamed of!