January is a time for new beginnings. New calendars inspire fresh starts. Many of us made a list of goals or resolutions for the new year. Right about now, you may wonder to yourself, where did I put that list? Goals for health, home, and habits are buried under a pile of past routines.
The work required to achieve change often results in discouragement, even abandonment. While 41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only 9% feel they are successful. According to statistics, 41.6% of us are about to give up on our resolutions and goals.
Why do we set goals? We want to take control of our lives. What if we had a few resources to help us make life a little easier and make those goals attainable? I am a huge fan of goal setting and an even bigger fan of establishing systems to help achieve those goals.
Making big changes in our lives happens one small step at a time. I collected five resources to help you follow through with those small steps.
5 Effective Organization Resources to Make Life Easier
Goal: Healthier Eating Habits and/or Meal Planning
The most popular resolution involves healthy eating. Lack of planning and preparation often results in pizza for dinner by the second week. EMeals offers a solution to both healthier choices and meal planning. Using the app on my phone, I create a meal plan and grocery list in less than five minutes (I sometimes do this in the Aldi parking lot!). We recently started the Daniel Plan, so I just switched my eMeals subscription to the Paleo plan. On the menu this week: chicken tacos, roasted salmon and veggies, and Mediterranean chicken.
Goal: Get Rid of the Clutter
We can’t talk about organization without mentioning our stuff. A few years ago, I set a goal to spend fifteen minutes decluttering every day. I made it through February, I think. Committing to 365 days of decluttering is unrealistic in this phase of my life. But fourteen days? I can do that! Kathi Lipp, the queen of clutter free, offers an online course to guide you through the process. Give Kathi 15-20 minutes a day, and Kickstart to Clutter Free will help you get rid of 500 things over fourteen days. She guides you through the whys and hows of clutter to inspire lasting change. (Use this special link to get the course for just $5.99.)
Goal: Manage My Time Effectively
One of the secrets to my effective time management is a consistent morning and evening routine. I discovered the power of a morning routine with Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings course. Using the strategies Crystal shares, my time and tasks are well organized, eliminating some of the chaos in our home. You can read more about my morning routine here. Follow this link to hear Crystal tell you more about the course. Take it a step further with Make Over Your Evenings!
Goal: Spend More Time in God’s Word
We set out to read the Bible consistently and get lost somewhere in the wilderness with the Children of Israel. Change this pattern with a reading plan that fits your temperament and lifestyle. First 5 is a great place to start. With just one chapter a day and a quick but powerful app-based devotion, reading God’s Word becomes more than something to check off your to-do list. (If you struggle to find the time, read 5 Ways to Help Give God Your First 15 Minutes.)
Goal: Monitor Screen Time Closely
If less screen time or monitoring screen time made your goal list, I recommend giving SmartFeed a try. SmartFeed provides reviews of age appropriate selections and ways to organize titles under child-specific playlists. I have a Pizza Movie Night playlist, a list of movies to watch with my middle schooler to help shape her worldview, and a playlist for myself. Find my full review here.
We can all agree, 2016 was hard. The new year is still fresh and full of possibilities. With a little intentionality and these helpful resources, we can organize our time, our stuff, and our habits. What is your first small step in taking control of your life?These helpful resources, we can #organize our time, our stuff, and our habits.Click To Tweet
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