Happy New Year! A new year isn’t quite a new year without a few resolutions. January 1st is an opportunity to hit the reset button and reflect on how we can be better human beings in the coming year. The biggest key to New Year’s resolution success? Organization. Read on for WFMO’s favorite organization tips to inspire you to be the best you this year!
Each of us is different. But when you look closely at New Year’s resolutions, it’s clear we’re all much more alike than we realize. Managing time. Living healthier. Decluttering. The vast majority of our resolutions revolve around such things, and they’re all seemingly intertwined. So this year, instead of treating the symptoms, let’s treat the root cause by getting organized!
Organization Can Help Your Time Management
Many people fail to see poor time management and procrastination as organization issues. When we discuss disorganization, our thoughts naturally go to obvious things like piles of laundry in the dryer or messy stacks of unopened junk mail accumulating on the dinner table. And rightfully so! However, organization tips regarding time management will pay big dividends towards your productivity. Being more aware of how you spend your time will even help you reach your other goals too!
First, buy yourself a planner. By writing down your daily, weekly, and monthly goals, appointments and deadlines, you are reminding yourself of their importance. As a result, you’ll be more likely to follow through with them. This will also help you establish healthy habits and routines.
Next, start journaling before bed each night. Review your daily goals, honestly assess how you did, and then implement changes as necessary. End by listing out your goals for the following day. This is a practice used by many of the world’s most successful visionaries and CEOs. Check out this inspiring article on Entrepreneur.com for even more organization tips for better time management!
Organization Can Help You Get Into Your Best Shape
Similarly, our health and fitness are closely linked to our ability to be organized and plan ahead. A wise man once said, “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”. Fitness goals are often abandoned because we establish no plans for meeting them. The above time management tips are equally useful for scheduling workouts and monitoring fitness goals.
For many of us, being healthier in 2019 may be as simple as cutting out the junk food. Consuming fewer empty calories in the form of sugary snacks, soft drinks or alcohol is easier than you think. Plan your meals in advance. Make a grocery list and buy only what you need instead of winging it. And lastly, never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
We make poor, impulsive dietary decisions when we’re hungry and don’t have a plan. While cooking at home allows us to control exactly what goes into our bodies, eating out too often ends up costing extra money and extra calories. Being organized and planning ahead translates to buying less junk at the grocery store, and eating at restaurants less often.
Organization Can Help You Declutter Your Life
At last, we arrive at the most obvious form of disorganization – clutter. You don’t have to be a hoarder to have way too much paperwork in your home. We all have it, and unfortunately, it seems to multiply when we neglect it. Studies in the field of psychology have found that living in a cluttered environment can lead to lower self-esteem, unhealthy eating habits, and poor mental health. When you’ve got junk scattered everywhere you look, it’s easy to feel unhappy, out of control, and down on your luck.
Decluttering is a daunting task. So where to begin? Be honest with yourself about your clutter. As you go through your papers, ask yourself a few key questions. “When, if ever, will I need this?” “Can I find this information online?” “How recent is this?” “Is this worth the effort to file?” If the paper is something you know or suspect you’ll need, that’s when it’s time to file it away. These organization tips and more are available in this excellent post by The Happy Housie!
Once you’ve sorted through your existing clutter, it’s time to set some new goals for the future. Most bills, bank statements and other regularly mailed paperwork can be accessed electronically. Sign up for paperless billing. We promise you won’t regret it! Also, be sure to go through junk mail, receipts, etc. immediately when you bring them inside your home or office. Sorting through papers right away keeps you from procrastinating and potentially forgetting about them later. If it is trash or can be recycled, get rid of it. If it contains sensitive information, set it aside in a box or bag dedicated for shredding.
WFMO Has the Furniture to Help You Meet Your Goals!
Hopefully these organization tips will get you off on the right foot for 2019! While it’s true that we’re not life coaches, we firmly believe that Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet can help you get organized for the coming year. Whether you need a file cabinet, desk or bookcase to organize your office, or a new server or cabinet to house your kitchenware, WFMO has everything you could want! Come visit any of our metro Atlanta locations today!