A new year is on the horizon and with it comes a new list of resolutions, dreams, and goals you hope to accomplish this year.  Is getting organized one of your New Year’s resolutions? I hope not.

Change for the Better

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t want you to get organized.  I do! The problem is not you or your hope of an organized life.  The problem lies with the idea of it as a New Year’s Resolution.

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The problem with New Year’s Resolutions

You see, it’s the same story every year. People create lists of things they want to do, change, or improve upon that they didn’t in the previous year.  Or the year before that.

They come up with these grand notions with the best of intentions, only to fall short after a month, 3 weeks, or 5 days.  They flatline, give up and never work towards accomplishing the goals they set out to do on January 1.

In reality, only about 8% of resolution makers are successful in achieving their goals.  It’s not that people are weak, undisciplined, or bad people; the truth is, most of the time people are trying to change the symptoms rather than addressing the heart of their problems.

Slapping a band-aid on an issue or searching for a quick fix to a problem will never bring about lasting change.

Sadly, it’s true.  And that’s why I don’t want you to make “getting organized” one of your resolutions.

Make it a lifestyle choice instead

Rather than make “getting organized” a doomed New Year’s Resolution, why not make it a lifestyle choice or habit?

By choosing to live an organized lifestyle or to practice daily organizing habits, you will set yourself up for success that will have longer lasting effects that go beyond a yearly calendar.

At this point you may be wondering what’s the difference between a resolution and a lifestyle choice or habit?  Here are a few things to consider:

  • A resolution usually requires big changes within a certain, often very short, amount of time (which our bodies and minds don’t handle well); a lifestyle choice allows you to make smaller changes over a longer period of time so you develop consistency and commitment for the long haul.
  • A resolution is usually a large, non-specific goal; a lifestyle choice can be very specific and defined (eg. “getting organized” vs. “purging my closet every 3 months”).
  • A resolution doesn’t lend itself to a learning curve; a lifestyle choice allows you to learn as you go, whether it be from success or failure.
  • A resolution usually has a definitive end (December 31 or before); a lifestyle choice carries you throughout  your life allowing you to grow and develop.

What will you choose?

I believe my purpose and mission is to help people get organized to gain the life they truly want.  I would never, ever tell anyone that they shouldn’t make it a priority in their lives to get organized.  However, the purpose of this post is help you see that getting organized should not be something you strive for, only to stop short after a certain period of time.

My desire as an organizer, blogger, and encourager is that you will decide to make getting organized a lifestyle choice that will have a lasting impact on the quality of your life and those you care about most. It won’t be quick or easy to accomplish, but it will definitely be a worthwhile journey.

So what will you choose? A resolution or a lifestyle?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

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