NAPO may have made it official seven years ago, but that the new year is a good time to start anew is, well, nothing new.
If creating a calmer space is one of your resolutions, here’s a few tips to getting started.
- Just Begin. It sounds obvious, but the hardest part of getting organized, like so many things, is just getting started.
- Pick the project(s). Get everything down on a good old fashioned piece of paper. It helps clarify your goals, from which the next steps will be taken. It doesn’t have to be perfect list, it can just be a long rambling list of all the things. Think of it as a very basic road map. “I am here today, here are things to do on the way and this where I’d like to end up.”
- Create a plan. What is my first priority? If it’s your desk at home that’s covered in paper, perhaps that takes precedence over organizing the closet. How much time can you dedicate to it this week? How many hours can you reasonably do with losing your mind? Whether it’s a large project or a small one, putting goals on a schedule and keeps things on track. Think of it as an ETA more than a hard fast, must get done task.
- Be kind to yourself. Getting your life, your space, your schedule, whatever it is doesn’t happen over night. It definitely can be done, though.