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Blog: Just Do It… Finding The Motivation
Do You Know Where You're Going?

Yogi Berra once said "you've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there". There's a lot of truth in that. How will you know if you've hit your mark if you don't know where you are aiming?

Hubby asked me not long ago what my fitness goals were. Slightly annoyed that Mr. Have-to-lift-weights-all-the-time-and-shouldn't-everyone-be-as-physically-fit-as-me had asked this seemingly benign question, I snapped "to be more active". I knew this answer wasn't up to snuff and braced myself for what was coming. I practically had the words memorized. Hubby says "that's too broad of an answer, you need to define your goal or you'll never make it" (roll eyes – not him, me).

Okay, so I don't enjoy exercise. I don't mine a brisk walk or a bike ride. But every day? I live in northeastern Ohio. Do you know what that means? There's only three seasons: short summer, fake fall & spring, long winter with no sunshine. It's not fun to drag yourself out in the bitter cold to exercise. Besides, my ears ache when I'm out in the cold for long – even with earmuffs!

But hubby's got a point. So does Yogi. Simply saying you want to get organized ain't gonna cut it. You have to be more specific.

When I first meet with my clients, I have them tell me why they want to get organized. I ask them what they are expecting from the organizing process. I ask them what their ideal is. I ask them what has frustrated them the most with having things in disarray. I ask them in what way being disorganized has caused them stress. I ask them what they now need from the space. I ask them what their goals are.

At the start of our first organizing session, I have my clients write down their goals for the space we are working on. I give them a sheet of paper and some bright colored Sharpie markers. I tell them to think about all the reasons why they've come to this point. They are to list what they want for the space on the paper.

Next, we hang the paper up right in the space where we're working. The client puts the list of goals in a prominent spot so he or she is sure to see it.

Why a list of goals? So glad you asked.

Your list of goals will keep you focused. It will keep you on track. It will keep you motivated! Whenever you feel like throwing in the towel, read your list. Whenever you aren't quite sure if an object should stay or go, refer to your list. Whenever you get stuck on a decision of any sort, your goals will help you keep things in perspective.

Your written goals will be your guide. They will motivate you to finish what you started. Your list will inspire ideas as to how you will want to arrange the space once you are done sorting and purging what no longer belongs. Having your goals in view is your treasure map.

Why do you want to get organized? Be specific! Write it down! Stay motivated!




posted on: 10/15/2007 12:00:00 PM by Nancy McGarity
category: The Mental Side

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Just Do It… Finding The Motivation

by Nancy McGarity

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About Nancy:

I'm a mom, wife, professional organizing consultant and speaker, and a former Early Childhood educator. A personal crisis in my own life took me from perfectionism to total mayhem. I want neither. I'm now all about balance and being realistic about what I and my clients can maintain. My organizing business Real Solutions For Living was started to: 1) let people know they are not alone in their struggle to overcome clutter chaos, 2) to help them reduce their stress, 3) to help them gain back control of their spaces and lives, and 4) to offer realistic, practical, and down to earth solutions. I love what I do!

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Favorite Quote:

  • "Success consists of getting up one more time than you fall."

Favorite Books on Organizing

  • Organizing For the Creative Person
  • Making Peace With The Things In Your Life
  • Buried Treasures
  • Messie No More
  • Conquering Chronic Disorganization
  • Organizing From the Inside Out
  • Clutter's Last Stand

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