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Goal Oriented: Getting Things Done Just Got “Easier”

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By mia bolaris-forget

Sure there’s a big difference between dirt and clutter, but besides some subtle semantics each (and yes, the former) is worse contribute to detracting from the appearance and perception of your home. Still, with a prevalence of two-income households keeping things neat and tidy may not be at the top of your priority list…but remember, the more clutter that accumulates the less your likely your house looks and feels like a home, and the easier it will be to cross the line between unkempt and unclean. And, keeping up with the clutter may be easier than you think.

1. Define your goals: Jot down specific goals. Remember, being vague will only encourage bad behaviour. So, rather than saying I’ll put “stuff” away every night, perhaps think about “what” stuff need the most attention and make that your starting point. Remember, the more specific you are the easier to achieve your goals.

2. Keep track of your actions. Hopefully your “lucky” enough to have members in your household who’ll pitch in to help with your goals or will hold you accountable to your end of the “deal”. If not, keep track of your “promises” and cross them off as you complete them. Jotting things down is not only a great way to help you account for your actions, but the visual cue, is actually proven as an encouraging stimulus when you less motivated about meeting your goals and deadlines

3. Set up your surroundings for success: Take baby steps in making sure you don’t, as one of my favourite songs suggests, fall into the same old holes. For instance, if you clean out your shoe closet, don’t just replace it with remaining shoes. Instead install a shoe rack of some sort, to help you organize your stuff and your space, as well as make it easier to keep it organized.

4. Set up a support system:Let family and friends know what you want to do and the time frame you plan on doing it in. Encourage them to not only help but also to hold you to your word, even if that requires gently but frequent (and possibly) annoying reminders.

5. Establish a rewards and “incentive” program: Determine a task-worthy treat for reaching your goal and allow yourself the indulgence when you reach it.

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