Goal-Resolve to Get Organized
Many people make New Year's resolutions, only to break
them within a week or a month afterwards.
Many people either do or do not set goals for themselves.
Some people have no idea how to set goals.
So, let's look at the difference between resolutions and
"Webster's New World Compact School and
Office Dictionary" copyright 1994, offers these definitions:
~~ Resolution - 1) the act or result of resolving something
2) a thing determined upon; decision as to future action
3) a resolute quality of mind
4) a formal statement of opinion or determination by an
~~ Goal – 1) the place at which a race, trip, etc. is ended
2) an end that one strives to attain
3) in some games, a) the line or net over or into which
the ball or puck must go to score b) the score made.
Notice # 2 in each definition and let's use 'losing weight'
as our example. (I use this as an example because it is
the number one New Years resolution).
The statement "I'm going to lose weight this year" doesn't
really have any meaning, focus, or structure.
The statement "I have determined that I need to lose
weight and will walk one mile three times a week so that I
can wear the new dress/suit that is too tight."
See the difference? See how the second statement has
more clarity and structure?
We have determined the problem, decided on the action
we want or need to take, and what end we are striving to
This is the way to focus on a problem, make a resolution,
and set a goal. This is what I have coined a "Goal –
"Goal - Resolve! What is this woman talking about?"
Goal - Resolve: a statement that determines a problem,
what action you need to take, and to what end you want
Since this is an article about organizing, let’s make a
Goal – Resolve for organizing an area of your life that is
driving you crazy (you fill in the blanks):
I, _________________, have determined that I need to
organize my _____________, and will sort through, toss,
recycle, or donate anything that is no longer of use or of
value to me. I will do this for _______ minutes or hours a
day until the area is organized and everything I keep has
a "home" and can be easily located when needed."
For more help on setting goals check out our audio CD,
Maximize Your Time—Even When
You Never Have Enough
Janet L. Hall, is the owner of
OverHall Consulting and Organizing By Phone.
her FREE organizing newsletter at
her web site at
2002 - 2010 by OverHall Consulting
P.O. Box 263, Port Republic, MD 20676
All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted to reproduce,
copy, or distribute so long as article is kept intact, this
copyright notice and full information about contacting the
author is attached.