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January is Get Organized Month – Improve Your Focus and Productivity

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Did you know that January is Get Organized Month – or GO Month for short?

Launched by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in 2005, Get Organized Month is technically a

… public awareness campaign to focus national attention on how getting
organized empowers people to regain control over their time, possessions, inboxes, and surroundings … and start the year with systems and solutions to improve efficiency long-term.

As a professional organizer myself, who serves the blogging community – I really want you to focus on that quote above.

Organization puts you in control.

Why Bloggers Suffer From Disorganization

Bloggers, in particular, face huge organization challenges. We are curators of information. Our computers and our cloud drives are laden with snippets, photos, quotes, eBooks, blogging course, and tons of ideas. Stickies, notebooks, planners, and gel pens clutter our desks.

Creating focus and productivity are hard. It's a wonder we get anything done at all. 😉

Interestingly enough, all of my own blogging goals for 2017 revolve around getting organized. In fact, one of the first things that I did this year for my blog was to sign up for CoSchedule to help me get my editorial calendar and social sharing schedule buttoned up.

And if our blogs didn't present enough organization challenges, we bloggers tend to get behind with life in general because we are so busy focusing on our business.

So, jumping on board with the NAPO Get Organized Month is a great way to start the year.

Get Organized Month Themes for 2017

NAPO has created weekly themes to focus on throughout the month of January so we can get organized:

  • Week 1: Improve Your Health and Well-Being
  • Week 2: Time Management and Productivity
  • Week 3: Digital Organization
  • Week 4: Organizing Spaces

My plan is to outline the systems that I am going to put in place to improve the above themes in my life for the upcoming year.

I encourage you to join the conversation by leaving comments as to your plans as well.

An Incredible Organizing Resource

If you are truly committed to getting organized in January then take note of this.

On January 25, the folks at Ultimate Bundles will be holding a flash sale on The Clutter Contol Bundle. This is a, well, bundle of 38 organizing resources published by organizing experts from around the web – for a whopping 95% off of face value.

It is huge.

I have been working my way through an advance copy – and I have to say that that the information within is exactly the motivation I need to get myself in order and have my best year ever.

Not only that, I found a hidden gem in this bundle that is actually perfect for bloggers – and on January 25 I will tell exactly why.

Improving Health and Well-Being

In Week 1 of Get Organized Month the theme is Health and Well-Being, which I think is more important for our businesses then every thing else. I know that I spend an awful lot of time in front of my computer and I need to break that habit. My dad always says that if you don't have your health, you don't have anything – and it is absolutely true.

my overall goals for Health and Well-Being is exercising regularly and eating well.

But clearly, those over arching goals will not get me anywhere. What I need is a specific action plan with measurable results.

More Exercise

I have identified 3 exercise classes per week that I enjoy at my gym. I have put these on my calendar as non-negotiable appointments that I must attend.

On at least two of the days that I do not go to the gym, I will use the treadmill at home for half an hour or walk outdoors, weather permitting. At the beginning of each week, I will also enter this time as non-negotiable appointments on my calendar.

My goal is to hit 10,000 steps per day for at least 5 days a week – and I may indulge in a new Fitbit to help me hit this goal.

Eating Well

Healthy eating takes more time and planning than grabbing a handful of crackers or cookies whenever hunger strikes.

I have booked time with myself on Sundays to create a weekly meal plan and carved out time daily for meal preparation.

One problem that crops up is the business of grocery shopping. If I only shop once a week – we end up with a lot of food spoilage. But our grocery store is not close by, so shopping more often involves at least 20 minutes of travel time.

One thing I might do is take better advantage of my Amazon Prime membership and order non perishable items online. This way I can go food shopping more often but spend less time in the store.

Weight Loss

What better way to measure results than with pounds? By exercising and eating well during Get Organized Month, I plan to lose about 6 pounds.

And then, I will set a new goal for February.

Your Organizing Goals

Be sure and share your Health and Well-Being goals for Get Organized Month in the comments below. What are the exact steps that you will take to improve your focus and productivity?

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