After you’ve created your list of office organizing goals for this new year, now it’s time to take action! What should you do to get started? How can you be sure this isn’t one of those resolutions that you abandon by mid-February? Your NYC Professional Office Organizer shares the next steps you should take to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality.
First: Start By Getting More Specific
Saying “I want to be more organized in the office” is a broad goal and not at all specific enough for creating an action plan. What do you want to be more organized… your desk, papers or process for tracking daily tasks? Your first step needs to be to identify the exact tasks that need to be addressed and set a deadline for getting them done. Instead of office organizing as your broad goal, commit to decluttering your desk or implementing a specific system or process within the next 30 days.
Next: You Need to Create (and Schedule!) Small, Actionable Steps
It takes much more than writing down your list of goals for the year for them to be achieved. If keeping your desk organized is your goal, then break down that task into a series of steps. Looking at a cluttered workspace is overwhelming. Without the determination to make changes and a clear plan in place to get organized, it’s easier to not make any changes. Once you have your list of steps to be taken, schedule time for these action steps and get started. Remember that you are only going to work on each task for a limited amount of time. Set the timer on your phone and when the bell goes off reward yourself with a trip to the coffee bar. Without dedicated time scheduled, it’s very easy to push it off and focus on something else altogether.
Finally: Stay Accountable
This is an important step! Without accountability, it’s easy to procrastinate making any changes. Depending on your needs, you can turn to friends, family, masterminds, and skilled professionals for assistance. If losing weight was on your New Year’s resolution list, then it might make sense to hire a personal trainer or a nutritionist. The same goes with office organizing. If you need help in decluttering your workspace and setting up systems and strategies to keep you organized all year long, then it’s time to hire a professional office organizer. Having someone in your corner will make all the difference in reaching your goals!
With your next steps planned out, it’s time to go out there and crush your 2020 goals! For more hands-on strategies and office organizing support this year, reach out to your NYC Professional Office Organizer today.