Week 6 – Be Accountable
In the previous weeks, we’ve covered reasons for getting organized, how to let go of your stuff, what to do with the excess, creating systems and getting help. Now is the time to marvel in your progress, but don’t let all of that hard work go to waste. In our final week, we’ll share some tips on how to sustain your organized life, and be accountable for maintaining your new systems.
In any lifestyle change, real success only happens when there is some level of accountability. Whether you are tracking your own progress or working with a professional, you must be accountable in order to maintain lasting results.
Tracking your progress and results can be a great way to be accountable to yourself. After all, getting organized was your goal, and you’ve put in all of the hard work. A great way to do this is to start with a simple check list. This works great for the physical clutter, but can also assist with behavioral changes and goal management in general. There are plenty of great tools out there to help with this. Here are a few to consider:
- MeisterTask – You can set your projects up into categories, share with multiple members, make notes and set notifications or reminders. The most satisfying part is checking things off of the list!
- Google Tasks – If you regularly use Gmail and/or a google calendar, take advantage of this one. It’s easy to use. It doesn’t have many of the bells and whistles of some of the other apps out there, but if you’re looking for something simple, this is it.
- HabitList – It’s more than just a to-do list. This app is everything you need to manage your goals, stay motivated and stay on track with your timeline…which brings us to the next point.
Have a Timeline
Part of your goal-setting process involves creating realistic timelines. With all of the technology available today, there’s no excuse to forgetting a deadline. Even just a simple reminder everyday to spend 5 minutes on an organizational task (like sorting through the week’s mail, or tackling one drawer or cupboard) can have exponential results after a few weeks. Here are a few tips to help you be accountable to your timeline.
- Be consistent. Stick to the same time each day for specific tasks. Soon they will become habits, and will require less time and effort in accomplishing.
- Regularly review. If you’re not meeting your deadlines, perhaps your goals are not realistic or there are other obstacles in the way.
- Make room for uncertainty. Life happens. Plan for it. Schedule yourself time for unexpected projects and events.
Work with a Pro
Because it’s so easy to cheat and lie to yourself about your progress (think about that donut nobody saw you eat), it’s a great idea to work with a professional while you’re establishing your new habits. Our Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants will schedule accountability sessions with you to check in on your progress and help you through your obstacles. Being accountable to someone other than yourself is a proven way to keep your momentum going, form sustainable habits and enjoy the ongoing benefits of your newly organized lifestyle.
We hope that you’ve made some progress over the past several weeks as you’ve worked through your own unique organizational goals and obstacles. If getting organized has given you more time, energy and attention to focus on the people and activities in your life that bring you joy and fulfillment, that is success… even if you’re still stepping over piles on the stairs once in a while.