Organizing your goals for the new year.

When you hire me, I don’t come to your office or home with the Mind over Clutter organizing system, install it and then leave.  I come and see what is working for you and how you do things so I can find solutions that work for you, how you think, feel and your lifestyle. I want you to accomplish your organizing project so you meets your goals.

January is usually the time for goal setting and so I want to present three ways of setting goals.

Pick one  area and improve it

I am a person who is motivated by a fear of failure, I don’t want to fail, so I am a cautious. My system of setting goals is to look at my business or life and see where I think it could be improved, what types of skills I need to improve so my business or life will improve.  I pick one thing and then work on it all year to get better at it.  For example I didn’t like social media so I decided to start working at becoming better at it and setting up a system that works for my day and philosophy about the importance of social media.  I picked a platform, got good at it and continued to add more and more platforms. I organized workshops on Twitter and Google+, I listened to webinars.   A vague plan works for me because  I am self motivated,  I am not a procrastinator.  I read an interesting article by Ravi Venkatesan about the importance of  learning new things, “What skill will you acquire this year? What new activity will you start? Perhaps learning to play a new instrument, going on an adventure or taking on a new role- anything that causes you to move out of your comfort zone and allow new neural connections to form” would be a good new year’s goal.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

Set goals that you can attain

That  vague framework of deciding what you want to do to improve your business or life  would not for everyone.  We are all different.  So there is a goal setting system called SMART.  You pick a specific goal, with measurable outcomes, that are  achievable, realistic and timely.  When you use this system of goal setting it gives you a step by step plan to follow.  For example with my social media goal, if it had been a SMART goal, would be something like

I will learn how to post on Facebook,

S (specific) – I will post 3 times a week, one original content, one a picture, one comment on someone else’s post

M(measureable) – Did I post 3 times/week?

A (achievable)  – I have that much time in my week

R(realistic) – If I only have to do it 3 times a week I will not become frustrated and stop

T(timely)- I have 3 mornings a week when I can do these posts. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

This will work for some people who like to have a step by step plan and follow it.  It can cause problems if  people stop following the plan they may give up and not start again or some people may feel like it is too rigid.

Turn desire into intention

Be intentional about your plan

I read an article that reveals a simple trick that doubles the chance for success of obtaining goals.  Earlier I commented on what motivates me.  Sometimes we say, I need to motivate myself to get working on….,  In this article it says motivation is not the key to reaching your goals it is intention .

A study in the British Journal of Health Psychology divided 248 adult into 3 groups exercise groups.

  • Group  1 had to record how often they exercised during a 3 week period
  • Group 2 where told “ most young adults who have stuck to a regular exercise program have found it to be very effective in reducing their chances of developing coronary heart disease. ” ( motivation to exercise) and had to record how often they exercise during a 3 week period
  • Group 3  recorded when and where they would exercise (intention to exercise), they were given the same motivation as group 2  and they recorded  how often they exercised during a 3 week period


  • Control group 1 38% exercised at least once per week
  • The motivated group 2 35% exercised at least once per week
  • The intentional group 3 91% exercised at least once per week

We all have some level of desire or will power or motivation but what turns desire into action is a written plan for implementation.  When you have a goal to do something, record when and how you will do that behaviour or activity. It will be the  environment that triggers you to do your new behaviour or activity and not motivation or will power.

These are just 3 systems

  • Having an all encompassing vision or
  • Setting SMART goals or
  • Intentionally deciding  when you will do something and blocking off time

that can help you establish new behaviours to accomplish a goal for 2020.  Pick the one that works for you.

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Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Julie can coach you to break-free of the physical or emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. 

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  1. This is one of the best pieces I’ve read about goal-setting. I know about – and have often recommended – SMART goals, but in all honesty, I’ve never been good at setting or implementing them either. You’ve made me realize that I may not need to change what I do. Different things work for us in other aspects of life; why not goal-setting too?

  2. The one that works for me is pick one area and then improve it. That is how I started my quest into being more organized, way before I started my business. Identifying a problem or issue (anything I wanted to change) and then focusing on how to best change this worked great for me. Small changes – Big benefits!

    • That system works well for me too. I like to set a year long goal to learn and accomplish a new skill. I don’t always know all the steps when I start but as I determine what I don’t know and then find the answer to that problem I can then continue on and gain more knowledge with each step until I have reached my goal. Sometimes it is a direct route and sometimes a wandering route. The journey is fun for me.

  3. There is definitely something powerful about writing things down. Forcing yourself to put your goals down on paper makes it “real.” It also can be helpful for clarifying exactly what it is what you want to do. If you want to really do something, write it down, right?

  4. Great advice about goal setting. I found that being specific on the steps of how to achieve my goal works best for me. It creates a vision of the steps in my mind which makes it stick even more.

    • Having steps or plan to follow is a great way to set goals and be able to reach/complete them. Thanks for suggesting the idea of a vision. Too often we don’t think ahead to see the vision. If we don’t know where we are heading then we can’t plan the steps.

  5. Great topic for the new year! Those are interesting statistics with the exercise group example! I feel that writing down SMART goals and having a clear vision and intention works well for me.

  6. I love how you describe different methods for reaching goals. One of the things I experimented with by accident was working with “keystone habits.” It’s a concept I learned about in Charles Dughigg’s book, “The Power of Habit.” Making a small change in a keystone habit (like walking daily or reducing your sugar intake,) will encourage other positive habit changes without much additional effort.

    So often we can become overwhelmed when a goal is so large. We talk about breaking those big goals down into smaller pieces. But another way to think about them is identifying one that will have this positive domino effect on others.

    • Thanks for sharing the “keystone habits”. I can see how the domino effect will happen when you succeed at one change it motivates you to “keep going” one small step at a time.

  7. I love your connection between getting outside of your comfort zone and setting goals. We do not grow unless we try new and unfamiliar things – the idea that we should just stick with what we know or are good at has never set right with me. Starting with something that challenges you or doesn’t feel instinctive, and then actually achieving it, is REALLY motivating for me. Lots of great ideas here!

    • A couple of years agao I did a course outside my comfort zone. I succeeded and the feeling of actually achieving something really hard still gives me inspiration to tackle anything I am interested in. Thanks for your comment, I agree with you.

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