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Every year as I pull together receipts for taxes, I vow to be better organized in the coming year. Alas, I think I’ve only moved from “unbelievably awful” to “not very good.” But movement to “slightly more organized” is better than sinking deeper each year in the quicksand of disorganization.

In my constant battle to be more organized, I look for tips which might fit my personality and work habits well enough for me to follow. For my readers who also struggle with organization, here are links to a couple of “get organized” articles and sites:

Maybe 2015 will prove to be the year in which you and I get better organized. Any other tips you’d like to share?

General Tips:  http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Organized

For writers: http://obscurekidlitauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-day-after-new-years.html

For Moms and other around the home:  http://www.womansday.com/home/organizing/100-Ways-to-Get-Organized

For a real organizational junkie: http://www.getorganizednow.com 

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I’ve given up making New Year’s Resolutions! Why? Because I already know with my personality, crazy-busy family life, short-attention span, etc. – I’m setting myself up for failure.

So what do I do instead? I make a list of things I’d like to accomplish in “winter,” before spring greens the forest floor. (And since I’m also a procrastinator, “spring” for me doesn’t really begin until April Fool’s Day!)

I try to keep the list specific and realistic. I do not list “finish a novel” by March 31st, rather I list “write a minimum of 15 minutes per day.” Since I mentioned the crazy-busy life earlier, if I can’t write 15 minutes one day, I try to write 30 minutes the next. I do not list “blog every day,” rather I list “blog at least once a week.” If I blog 2 or 3 or even 4 times per week, I’m surpassing my goal. Hooray!

The way to continue to pursue goals (notice I don’t use the word “resolutions” – it sounds so weighty), is to have small successes along your path. Positive reinforcement helps all of us keep our eyes focused forward, and encourages us to put one foot in front of another. Certainly, the best way to reach a destination.

By the way, I’ll reset my goals on March 31st for “spring” with a new deadline of June 30th. On June 30th, I’ll reset my goals for “summer” with a deadline of September 30th. On September 30th, I’ll reset my goals with a “fall” deadline of December 31st. Then, as the New Year arrives, I’ll restart the process.

By keeping my goal time-frames to 3 months, I can evaluate a manageable chunk of time and adjust for the next 3-month interval. Perhaps I haven’t been ambitious enough, or maybe, I’ve set goals which aren’t realistic in a 90-day period of time. In either case, I set new goals which seem obtainable without being too easy on myself.

Another point of view on New Year Resolutions can be found on the Maryland/ Delaware/ West Virginia Society of Children’s Book Illustrators’ As the Eraser Burns.

How about you, do you make resolutions? Do you keep them?

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