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Real Goals in Real Time

Last week I wrote about the importance of being real when it comes to choosing New Year's resolutions. Every year, about March, we read about the high numbers associated with goals and resolutions being unmet, dropped or forgotten about.
There are many reasons people stop working towards a goal. One is that they never really defined what the "end" would look like. When we begin working with a new client, we write out an Action Plan. This is a visible document or road map that outlines their goals and how we're going to accomplish them.  Clients love this document because it keeps them on track and helps them to focus. It's also fun for them to see just how much they've accomplished as time progresses.
When trying something new, keep the 21-3 rule in mind. Experts say it takes 21 days or 3 weeks to create a new habit. Research also shows that it takes up to six months for it to become part of your personality. So obviously perseverance and commitment have to be part of the plan.  
Write down your goals and expectations in a place where you'll see them on a daily basis. The simple task of writing them down will help you take those important first steps towards reaching them. I also suggest you jot down why this goal is important to you and what led you to jot it down in the first place.
Real Time after you've written down a goal, write a date you want to have accomplished or reached this goal. Be very realistic here folks. If your entire house is cluttered and needs help, do not set a date of February 15th to have it completely overhauled. The clients we work with that are tackling an entire property will many times work with us for six months.
Slow and steady progress will insure success versus doing too much in too little time. Remember that your clutter didn't appear overnight and it won't disappear that quickly either.
Here's to being real,
Audrey Thomas
A.k.a. Organized Audrey

posted on: 1/8/2008 10:00:00 AM by Audrey Thomas
category: Homes

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Audrey Thomas is passionate about working from home and doing it in a way that benefits her family as well as her business. As a nationally recognized speaker she is the author of 50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter, The Road Called Chaos and What's for Dinner? While she's not afraid of the dark or spiders, she hates critters who move fast.

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