I am so happy that I can look back on 2013 and say that it was a great year. There were certainly things that slipped through the cracks, and there is a lot of room for improvement in 2014, but it really was a good year. I think that the biggest reason that 2013 was different in regards to getting organized and getting things done was that I was much more aware of what needed to get done and could make a plan to do it.
There were so many things that helped me start to build systems and purposefully think about what I really wanted to make happen in 2013. I loved using my Simplified Life Binder in 2013. I will still be using the binder for 2014 as well as adding some other organizational tools for 2014 and I can’t wait to share those with you in the coming weeks. (If you follow me on Instagram you might get sneak peeks of how I am getting organized for 2014.) Switching to having a paper calendar instead of trying and failing at keeping track of things on my phone was a huge help for me this year, and I will be keeping a paper agenda in 2014 as well. The binder helped me to not only keep track of my calendar, but also to have a hub for all of the papers that I needed for life and business. Blog posts, business to do lists, and so much more.
I definitely realized in 2013 that writing things down is a huge help in making them happen. Whether it was my daily agenda and goals or my bigger goals for the year and even the coming years. Lara Casey’s Power Sheets and Goal setting series were a part of my year and helped me to focus on what what was really important and what I wanted to happen this past year. Even more than helping me realize what I wanted to accomplish in 2013, it helped me realize what I wanted to accomplish each day. You can’t accomplish your goals unless you are working on them.
We tried to get more organized at home too, and I think this is something that is always a work in progress. Trying to find ways to better organize each room and make the best use of our space have been priorities. Getting rid of clutter has also been huge. If you are anything like me, clutter can give you a mini heart attack, and totally distract you from getting things done.
I am hoping to write a post soon about my plans for organization in 2014, but in the meantime, I would love to hear what helps you stay organized