In October I wrote a blog article entitled: Goal Setting for the Overwhelmed. The basic premise of the article is that setting small goals can lead you to accomplishing great things. I believe in 15 minute goals and check off lists. I know that doing something repeatedly in short sessions allows me to complete amazing things.
As I was contemplating my New Year’s resolutions and how they will affect me during this crazy busy life I’m heading back into next week, I found some great resources that I will include in my goal plan. I’m going to share these with you and perhaps you will find the magic in mini goals as well.
One thing that I love is an organized home. I feel at peace and I have more ability to focus on the things I need to do if my environment is clean and free from clutter. The trouble is that goal is one that you must work on over and over. It’s not a one time and your done experience. I found a resource recently through a Facebook friend that is truly wonderful for the 15 minute goal oriented person like me. This resource that I will share with you, focuses on 15 minute daily decluttering sessions.
The January decluttering mission takes place in the kitchen. Think about it; that adds up to 465 minutes or 7 ¾ hours organizing your kitchen in a 31 day month. Who is going to do that in one session or even two? Very few people will do it. But broken down into 15 minute segments per day, it becomes very doable and results will be amazing. You don’t even need to think up the tasks, they are all there for you.
Here is the link for the free “Declutter Your Home In 15 Minutes A Day” January calendar. If you like it and think you may want the entire year of Decluttering Calendars, there is a place to subscribe on this page, and best of all the entire year of calendars is free.
Another resolution that many people have is to save money. I found a printable resource recently that focuses on a 52 week money saving challenge. This little challenge may be a great way to get started. The first week of the challenge you deposit $1 into your savings. The second week $2, the third week $3 etc. until in the last week of the year you are depositing $52. Here’s the bottom line, if you do this every week for an entire year, you will have saved $1378. If you like this idea, check out this link for the free PDF that will help you keep track of where you are in your savings goal. There is also another printable on this link that allows you to customize your 52-Week Money Saving Challenge to any amount you desire.
If you are interested in other free “printables” available from this same blog “Fresh and Organized”, here is another link.
I have placed my goals or New Year’s resolutions on a vision board so I see them all the time. My vision board is made from a poster size piece of foam board I purchased at the dollar store. On it I have a couple of motivational thoughts I like to read daily and then half size sheets of paper with pictures illustrating my goals and a few words or sentences detailing what I want to accomplish. I have also listed mini tasks on these pages that I can accomplish in short amounts of time. Some of my goal papers have places to check off when the mini task is done. When I complete the entire goal, I place the paper in a binder so I can look back and easily see what I have completed, and that is positive reinforcement for me. Remember when setting goals you want them to be specific, measurable, and attainable. The vision board idea works for me. If you have something else that works for you, then by all means do it.
My advice is don’t overwhelm yourself by having so many goals that you get discouraged. One goal set and completed is better than ten goals set and none completed. Focus on what is most important to you and then work on it little by little. You will be amazed at the end of the year what you have done.
Wishing you a successful 2015.