New Year. New You.

ashley's desk on food truck friday is deliciousJanuary 2015 is right around the corner, so if you have downtime around the holidays I suggest you spend 30 minutes preparing for the upcoming year.

My theme for January is in the title of this post. I know, it’s extremely cliché, but I think it’s fun and appropriate. Here’s why…

The best thing about the new year, is that you get a fresh start as you reflect on the progress you’ve made toward your long-term goals. Many people create “New Years Resolutions” but I won’t be asking you to do that. Instead, I want you to dream big and articulate the vision you have for your life – what do you see when you picture yourself at your very best?

What does this have to do with getting organized? When I meet with clients and do an initial intake assessment, it’s easy for folks to rattle off what is not working. They quickly explain reasons why they hate their current storage solutions, and what their clutter is made up of. But it’s more difficult for them to explain what they want for themselves and their home moving forward.

Step 1 – Grab a journal.

Carefully complete the statements below. I say carefully because you should only write down what you can actually accomplish and will realistically commit to! Notice these questions are not centered around members of your family, your friends, colleagues, they are just centered around you. It’s important to take time out and focus on yourself before you try to assist anyone else.

Journal Entry #1: takes 20-30 minutes (it’s a long one, but you’re worth it)

Start by giving thanks. Begin by putting things into perspective, acknowledging what you have or what has been done for you before you start dreaming up “more”. Then complete the writing prompts below.

In 2015…

  1. I will feel my best when I …
  2. I will look my best when I…
  3. To function at my best spiritually I must…
  4. To function at my best professionally I must…
  5. To function at my best as a mother/father/grandmother/grandfather I must…
  6. To function at my best as a wife/husband/lover I must…
  7. To function at my best as a daughter/son I must…
  8. To function at my best as an aunt/uncle I must…
  9. To reach my goals I must….
  10. To be a great friend and community member I must…

By the end of this exercise you should have some clear guidelines for ways you can regain control of your life and positively impact the lives of others. The first step for personal and professional growth requires you to clearly assess your lifestyle without dwelling on mistakes or inefficiencies. Think of them, but immediately begin to plan and dream of ways to correct them in the future. A new year, and a new you is just around the corner!

Let’s get organized together.

♥ashleygscott

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