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5 Organization Goals for January

Today, I’m joining Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney for another of their fabulous Friday Five linkups. This week’s topic fits in well with the New Year: goals. Since I talked previously about my goal of doing 15 races in 2015, today’s post is part of a larger project I have for 2015.

A few years ago, I came across Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. If you haven’t already read this book, you can check it out through the Amazon link to the right (just a note: that’s an affiliate link, meaning that I’ll receive a small commission for recommending the book; it doesn’t cost you anything to use it). The premise of the book is the author’s search for happiness, not necessarily because she is unhappy but because she wants to bring a greater sense of fulfillment to her life. She goes through her entire year-long happiness project and encourages her readers to develop their own, individualized project.

For each month, Rubin devoted her attention to one aspect of her life. She took the time and laid out all 12 months in advance, and she planned her most important or most influential goals for early in the year. The idea is that you don’t just focus on the January topic in January, it has to carry through the entire year.

In developing my own happiness project, I’ve decided to focus on organization in January. Here are my five organization goals that I’ll focus on for this month and for the rest of the year:

1. Declutter my closets.

My closets – particularly my triathlon closet – are completely unorganized, making it difficult at times to find the gear I need when I need it. So, step one will be to go through everything, get rid of (toss, donate, sell) the stuff I don’t need or want, and put it all back in an orderly fashion.

2. Organize my bags.

Right now, I have my dance/teaching bag that is overflowing with CDs and notebooks; a bag with all of my swim toys (fins, paddles, etc.) that I just leave in my car; a bag for my computer; and a bag for workout clothes and shoes. It’s just too many bags, and the stuff in the bags isn’t organized in any logical fashion!

3. Calendar.

For years, I’ve used an old-school paper and pen agenda. It’s bulky, and I have to remember to take it with me. This year, I’m biting the bullet and switching to Google calendar.

4. Lunches.

A few days a week, I have to stay in Spartanburg all day to teach. I’m not always good about packing lunches and snacks, and I end up having to eat out (not the best idea nutritionally or economically). I’ve found that if I wait to pack my lunch in the morning, I don’t have enough time. So, I’m going to have to get organized, go to the grocery store and get stuff that I can take with me (it’s difficult since I don’t have access to a refrigerator or a microwave), and pack it at night before I go to bed.

5. Computer files.

I’ve got many years’ worth of files hanging out in my trusty computer. Many of them I don’t need any more, so I can delete them. The ones that stay need to be organized! I waste a lot of time trying to find the files I need, and it gets frustrating.

So, these are my goals for January (and, by extension, for the rest of the year). Have you made any goals for the New Year?

10 comments… add one
  • Great list. Some things here I should probably look at doing to. I could really use decluttering my desk as well as the computer that sits on it.

  • I LOVE your goal – I think I definitely need to organize/simplify/declutter my life (virtual and physical). My computer files are embarrassing – need to catalogue so many docs/pics!

    • Thanks Jennifer. If you come up with a good system for organizing your computer files, let me know.

  • Decluttering my closest is something I do so much. I find that I will clean it and then repeat the same process. I need to make more of an effort to keep in clean. Goodluck with that!

    • That’s my problem too! I’m hoping that if I come up with some sort of organization system, I’ll be able to keep it organized.

  • Organization is definitely not my strong suit and probably something I should focus on too. You just feel better when things are in order, don’t you? My computer and photos are a huge mess! I’d love to get that done, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! If you come up with any good system for computer organization, let me know 🙂

  • oh, the closet. i really need to tackle mine. one step at a time, lol. 🙂

    • I think I’m just going to pull everything out and put it on my bed. That way if I ever want to go to sleep, I’ll have to figure out a way to put all the stuff back in there…

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