Using SMART Goals For Your Organizing Project
Have you been staring at your clutter for weeks, years or decades? If yes, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and tackle that pile. Just know that it’s not going to be easy and there may be a few setbacks but always keep the ultimate goal in mind when you are clearing your space and use the SMART Goals Method to help you stay on track and get things done.
S-Specific-What do you want to accomplish? Why do I want to accomplish this goal? What are the requirements? What are the contraints?
Goal –The Garage-I want to organize the garage so that I can park the car inside on cold, windy and rainy days. This will require the garage to be completely emptied, then as a family we must decide what needs to stay and what must go. It is currently too cold outside so will schedule a start date now for the Spring.
M-Measurable-How will I measure my progress and know when the goal is accomplished?
Goal–Organize The Pantry-Organizing the pantry will help me reduce the money I spend monthly on food items because I can’t find items or they have expired. I will post what I have spent on food for the past 2 months. Until I organize my pantry completely I will list every item with price I have to toss because it has expired or that I find a duplicate. As I see the amount I waste decrease I know I will be reaching my goal.
A-Achievable-How can the goal be accomplished? What are the logical steps I need to take?
Goal–The Paper Clutter-Organizing your paperwork can be accomplished by creating a system to reduce and/or eliminate the piles.
- Decide on a system –filing cabinet, Cloud
- Decide on the categories financial, employer, household, medical
- Set-up the system using folders
- Sort through papers categorizing what you will keep. Next tossing and shredding what is no longer needed.
- Establishing a day when you will maintain system which will include tossing, shredding, scanning or filing.
R-Relevant-Is it a worthwhile goal? Is this the time? Do I have all the necessary resources to accomplish this goal? Is this goal in line with my long-term objectives?
Goal-The Closet–I need to organize my closet because all the clothes I wear regularly are not in the closet. This is the perfect time before the next season. I don’t need to buy anything to get started I just need to purge some of my clothes. My long term goal is to find the pieces I love faster and to stop buying clothes I already own but could not find.
T-Time Bound-How long will it take to accomplish this goal? When is the completion of this goal due? When am I going to work on this goal?
Goal–Future Guest Room-Organize the third bedroom so it is no longer the junk room. The project includes clearing out the room, painting the room, assembling furniture and final set-up. The completion date for this project is 4 weeks before the family reunion. The plan is to work on the project at least 4 hours per week for the next 4 weeks.
So now that you know what S.M.A.R.T. Goals are sit down and work out a plan to tackle your organizing projects so you don’t become overwhelmed and take one step and task at a time.
Has this blog motivated you to use S.M.A.R.T. Goals? Please share I would love to hear from you. If you need help staying organized and on track check out my Get My Life Totally Organized Group that was created as safe place where you can post questions, photos and videos of your organizing challenges and receive strategies that will help you get your life in order.