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Blog: Organizing for Boomers
It's Time for our 6 Week Check-up

When babies are newborns we are so concerned about their well-beings we start planning their check-ups practically before they're born. We clear our calendars. We plan the day. We write our list of questions. We are ready.

Think of the New Year as your current baby. It's really only just begun, as Karen Carpenter would say if she were still with us. The year before us, like a newborn, is fresh with new opportunity, new possibility, renewed hope. There still is time to make it into whatever vision you hold for it.

My list of questions for you:
1. Did you schedule time for yourself to complete a Vision Board? ( see my blog "Forget Resolutions-Do a Vision Board Instead"). If not, make a date with yourself and put it on the calendar right now. This can be completed in less than an hour if you have gathered your supplies beforehand. There are 24 hours each day. Give yourself one of those. Magazines, glue sticks, and poster board and you are good to go.

2. After you completed your Vision Board (and maybe added some more pictures, words or sayings over several days), did you take time to admire it, study it, picture your year ahead of you unfolding just the way you had planned? If not, take time for yourself to do that now. Some folks prop their Vision Boards up where they can see them often. Others like to use the cover of 3-ring notebooks and carry them with them. It's all up to you.

3. From your Vision Board did you create S.M.A.R.T. Goals? (see my blog "Make '08 Great with S.M.A.R.T. Goals"). If not, make a date with yourself and put it on the calendar right now. Write "Date with Smart Me to write S.M.A.R.T. Goals". Block out about 1 hour of uninterrupted time for this. The key is the uninterrupted part. Where to find that? Get up 1 hour before others. Stay up 1 hour after everybody. Get in the car and drive to a quiet parking lot for 60 minutes with your Vision Board. Study it and realize that the life pictured there isn't going to just happen or fall out of a genie's lamp without some hard work-hard work by you.

Ask yourself the tough questions: in order to get from here to there, what needs to happen? What game plans need to be developed? What resources need to be located? Then write goals in each of those key areas of your Vision Board, making certain that each goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Action-oriented, Relevant/Reasonable and Timely.

4. Where are you going to keep these S.M.A.R.T. goals?-key question. If you shove them in a drawer and forget about them for the remaining 46 weeks of the year, guess what? Limited, if any action, will have occurred by the time your life gets to New Year's Eve.

However, if you put these S.M.A.R.T. Goals in a place where you will see them daily (next to your Vision Board, on your bathroom mirror, on a prominent page in your planner, or posted above your stove), you get the idea. You will be embedding them in your brain and working on strategies for completing them throughout your day.

Sometimes when you least expect it an idea or resource will come to you that you had not considered before. That's your subconscious working for you, while you're walking the dog, sitting in traffic, driving the carpool, heading to work, stirring the soup. All that "down time" will help you develop specific Plans of Action (Performance Goals) to make those goals come true.

Since it is February (Date Month), make dates with yourself to complete the Four Steps above.

Decide to make '08 Great, because YOU are worth it!

Until next time...

Making Your Space a Special Place.


the R.E.D. team-Reinventing Everyday Designs

posted on: 2/8/2008 12:30:00 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations

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Organizing for Boomers

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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.

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