New Year GOALS

“Happy New Year!”  These three words can spark both excitement and dread:  hope for things to come and anxiety about keeping our New Year’s Resolutions.  In fact, many are boycotting New Year’s Resolutions altogether this year because they are often empty promises we never keep to ourselves.  We all have our own individual resolutions: exercise more, stop smoking, eat healthily, go back to school, get a new job, spend more time with family, etc. Most of us eat healthy for a couple of weeks; we work out every day, then once a week, then once a month; we make a date for a Family Game Night but never follow through.  Life gets busy and time goes by and the resolutions fade away.

What if, instead, we had New Year Goals?  A Resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”  That is pretty rigid.  A Goal is “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.”  A Goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.  We can adjust our goals throughout the year as we grow and learn.

Getting Organized is on almost everyone’s list, and I believe it is the first step to reaching ALL of our Goals!  How?

Being organized saves time and money!!

  • Can find what you need when you need it.
  • Don’t overbuy items because you know what you have and where it is.
  • Can buy ahead and plan purchases.
  • No lost bills, late fees, or penalties because you pay on time.
  • Can make a budget so you don’t overspend.
  • Plan errands and trips so you have money on fuel.
  • Less stress because you are not frantically looking for misplaced items.
  • Stronger relationships and fewer family conflicts over clutter.
  • More time to exercise, plan, and cook meals.
  • More time for devotion, family, friends, and hobbies.

So how do you begin?

First, make a List of YOUR New Year’s Goals!

Next, make an Action Plan for each Goal, including Steps and Resources:

For example:

GoalGet Organized! 

This goal is too vague – break it down into smaller goals and be more specific!

Goal:  Organize the Master Closet by My Birthday

Goal:  Organize Pantry by Valentine’s Day

Goal:  Organize Garage by June 1st.

These Goals are all measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based!

Next, list the steps to reaching each Goal.


For example:

Goal:  Organize Paperwork by April 17th


  1. Gather supplies
  2. Gather ALL paperwork
  3. Sort each paper into piles:  “Keep”, “Trash”, “Shred”
  4. Sort “Keep” pile into 2 categories:  “Action Required” & “To File”
  5. Keep “Action Required” papers in a “To-Do” File

Sort File pile into categories

Suggested File Categories:
Adoption papers Insurance policies
Advisers and contacts lists Investment records and pension plans
Baptism and confirmation records Marriage certificates
Birth certificates Medical records
Business ownership papers Memberships and subscriptions
Citizenship and naturalization papers Military records
Credit card information Net worth statements
Death certificates Passports
Debts owed and those to be collected Patents and copyrights
Divorce papers Powers of attorney
Easement papers Property appraisals, deeds, and titles
Educational records Safe-deposit box inventory
Employment records and identity cards Social Security cards and numbers
Family history Tax records
Financial accounts Veterinary records
Funeral and burial plans and records Warranties, guarantees, and owner manuals
Household property inventory Wills and trusts
Income and expense records

You can make subcategories as well.  “Financial Accounts” may also include Taxes, Banking, Statements, Receipts, Investments, etc.  Set up a retrieval system that works for YOU.

Next, list your available resources.


  1. Supplies:  file cabinet or file box, file folders, label maker, post-it notes, pens, stapler, paperclips, etc.
  2. A Paper Saving Timeline

3. Professional Help from an accountant and a professional organizer

4. List of local Shredding Facilities


Once you do this for each Goal you are well on your way to a successful Year!

Remember:  be flexible – sometimes our life and goals change, and that’s ok!

This New Year:  Light Your Own Spark!   

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