Happy New Year! As I begin my 6th year in business as a Professional Organizer in NYC, it is the perfect time to reflect on all that I have accomplished as well as time to set my sights on my goals for 2014. I try my best to be realistic when setting my goals so that there will be a greater probability of my attaining them. In addition, I write them down and focus on a specific 1 or 2 each quarter….but I only focus on one at a time. This year’s goals include exploring other revenue streams, producing additional videos for my website and going to Italy.
As the subject of resolutions is still top of mind for many, I wanted to share some interesting data concerning New Year’s resolutions that I came across when gathering information for this month’s newsletter. These stats are the result of research done by the University of Scranton for the Journal of Clinical Psychology. As you will note, getting organized has once again ranked #2 on the list of the most popular resolutions for the year. The reason why….the benefits from being better organized at work or home include having less stress, saving money, having more time, greater productivity… all of which are extremely appealing. If this tops your list of resolutions for 2014, working with a NYC Professional Organizer will set you up for success!
Top 5 Resolutions for 2014
- Lose Weight
- Getting Organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life to the Fullest
- Staying Fit and Healthy
The research also included some very interesting stats concerning the most popular type of resolutions and the success rate for maintaining them.
- People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make resolutions
- 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions
- 47% of resolutions made focus on self-improvement or education
- 64% of resolutions are maintained for at least 1 month and 46% for at least 6 months
- 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolutions each year while only 14% of people over 50 achieve their resolutions
Whatever your resolution, in my experience as a NYC professional organizer I’ve learned that the objective is to stay focused on that specific one. In fact, posting your resolution on your desk, dresser or refrigerator so that you will be frequently reminded of it can be helpful. Have a strategy in place so that your good intentions don’t get derailed along the way. If you are trying to decide which resolution to address first, prioritize them based on their impact on your well-being.