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  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

10 Ways to Get Organized for the New Year

NEW YEAR NEW ME text in open notepad in womans hand on table at home.

The beginning of a new year often brings a sense of renewal and the opportunity for a fresh start. Getting organized is a great place to begin if you want to make positive changes in your life. A well-organized life can lead to increased productivity, reduced stress, and a greater sense of control. Here are ten ways to get organized for the new year:

1. Set Clear Goals:

Start by defining your goals for the year. Having clear objectives will give you a roadmap for the year ahead, whether they're related to work, personal development, or health. Break down your goals into smaller, achievable tasks to make them more manageable. I like working in 12-week time blocks to achieve goals. I recommend the book The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington if you’d like to learn more about the practice.

2. Create a Calendar:

Invest in a planner or use digital tools to create a comprehensive calendar for the year. Mark important dates, deadlines, and events. This will help you stay on top of your commitments and manage your time effectively.

3. Declutter Your Space:

A cluttered environment can lead to a cluttered mind. Take the time to declutter your home and workspace. Get rid of items you no longer need and organize your belongings in a way that makes sense to you. A tidy space can enhance your focus and productivity. Check out the bonus tip below for help with this!

4. Establish a Routine:

Establishing a daily routine can bring structure to your life. Plan your days with a balance of work, leisure, and self-care. Having a routine can help you prioritize tasks and reduce decision fatigue. It can be helpful to think of your routines by time of day or general activity, such as a morning routine, an after-work routine, or a dinner routine. Taking time to thoughtfully define your routines and pattern of habits during your day helps you get more done and prioritize the things most important to you. Check out The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod for a great morning routine. I've followed my own version of Miracle Morning for almost five years now.

5. Digital Organization:

In today's digital age, organizing your digital life is crucial. Clear your email inbox, organize your computer files, and declutter your digital workspace. Use folders and labels to keep everything in order. Most email programs let you set up filters that can do most of the heavy lifting in keeping your inbox under control. Read this post of mine for tips on completing a Digital Declutter.

6. Prioritize Self-Care:

A well-organized life includes taking care of yourself. Prioritize self-care by scheduling time for activities that make you happy and relaxed. This could include exercise, reading, meditation, or spending time with loved ones. Pay yourself time first by scheduling things that bring you personal fulfillment before the demands of the rest of your life fill your calendar.

7. Financial Planning:

Start the year by organizing your finances. Create a budget, review your expenses, and set financial goals. Consider using budgeting apps to help you track your spending and savings. I love You Need a Budget. It differs from most budgeting philosophies, so there is a learning curve. The company has many resources for optimizing the program though, including video lessons and podcasts.

8. Learn to Say No:

Overcommitting can lead to stress and disorganization. Learn to say no to tasks or commitments that don't align with your goals or values. Prioritize your time for activities that contribute to your overall well-being. Get in the habit of saying “no” first. It’s okay to start with, “I need to check my other commitments to ensure I have the time to do this thoughtfully. I will get back to you.” Taking back a “no” is easier than taking back a “yes.”

9. Invest in Organizational Tools:

Consider investing in organizational tools that suit your needs. This could include storage containers, label makers, or productivity apps. These tools can streamline your daily tasks and keep everything in order. For label makers, I like both the Brother P-Touch and the Dymo Letratag. I use ToDoIst as my task manager. It helps you easily organize tasks, set due dates, and manage projects. It syncs seamlessly across all your devices, so you're always in the loop.

10. Regular Reviews:

Schedule regular reviews of your goals and organizational systems. This will allow you to assess your progress, make necessary adjustments, and stay on track throughout the year. The 12-week year mentioned above works great for regularly reviewing your goal progress.

In conclusion, getting organized for the new year is a powerful way to set the stage for success and well-being. By incorporating these strategies into your life, you'll be better equipped to navigate the challenges of the year ahead and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. Here's to a well-organized and prosperous new year!

Bonus Tip: Join the Decluttering Community and Take the February Decluttering Challenge!

If you want extra motivation and support on your organizational journey, consider joining the Decluttering Community on Facebook. This online space is a treasure trove of inspiration, tips, and success stories from individuals committed to simplifying their lives. Engaging with a community with similar goals can provide valuable insights and encouragement.

Mark your calendars for the February Decluttering Challenge—an initiative designed to help you kickstart your decluttering efforts without adding to the hustle and bustle of January. Recognizing that the first month of the year is often filled with resolutions and new beginnings, the February challenge allows you to ease into your decluttering journey.

The challenge utilizes a “snowball” approach to decluttering that can be used to declutter any area of your life. This collective effort keeps you accountable and turns decluttering into a shared, positive experience. So, get ready to connect with like-minded individuals, share your progress, and celebrate the joy of simplifying your life one step at a time. Join the Decluttering Community today and prepare for a clutter-free February!

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