Last week I told you how I’m making my fuzzy goals concrete by making them specific, realistic, and attainable. But some of my goals are so big–and so vague–that it’s daunting to follow my own advice. The number one offender is my personal goal to “be more on top of things.” It would be hard to get much vaguer than that, right?
But if I am going to achieve half the things I’d like to in 2012, it’s essential that I’m not always spending half an hour I don’t have looking for paperwork I’ve misplaced. (This really happens. All the time.)
Since getting organized is a big goal, I’m breaking it down into bite-sized pieces. Here’s my plan for getting it together in 2012:
1. Make a to-do list for the next day every night.
2. Dump my brain once a day.
3. Set up a tickler file. By January 31.
4. Set quarterly goals for each quarter, to be revised as necessary. By January 31.
5. Re-read Making It All Work by David Allen. This book is the follow-up to Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity. I love Allen’s system and find that it works really well for me–as long as I’m actually working the system. By January 31.
6. Decide when I will perform my weekly reviews and quarterly reviews (per Getting Things Done) and schedule them on the calendar through the end of the year. By January 31.
7. Tackle every project in the “Organizing Your Mind” and “Organizing Your Space” categories in One Bite at a Time by March 31. These include things I need to do like organize photos, file important papers, etc. Like I said in my review, having them broken into small, manageable chunks with a checklist is an enormous help for me. Also regularly working on this checklist and this category will keep me focused on my organizational habits–so I’ll get better simply by paying more attention.
8. Re-read Getting Things Done in the third quarter to keep me focused on staying organized and rescue me if I’ve fallen off the wagon.
So, that’s my plan to be more on top of things in 2012. Am I missing anything? What would you recommend I add?
What are you doing to get organized this year?
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