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Getting Organized for 2014 - Exploring Patterns

Getting Organized for 2014

As we move into 2014, here are five suggestions that you may find helpful to make your plans a reality.

Suggestion 1 – Learn How to use Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook has a wealth of tools to make planning and managing activities easy. The key is to learn the software. You can check out some great tutorials on YouTube or take a class from a training. The key is to learn the software. Learn how to:

  1. Create tasks
  2. Assign tasks to others and track the report backs
  3. Create a daily list of ToDo
  4. Keep up with key projects in one place
  5. Build a Weekly Calendar that works
  6. Build a quarterly report card on how your goals are working

Having a good tool to help organize your work can be the first step to a great year.

Suggestion 2 – Be Honest with Yourself

Take time to be honest with yourself. Sit down with some paper and a pen and explore the following questions:

  1. What do you really like doing?
  2. What must you do?
  3. What are doing that could be done by others or not done at all?

Getting a clear image of what you need to do – and what not to do – can create a focus and clarity when building plans for the future.

Suggestion 3 – Write Exciting Goals

When you write out your goals for the next year, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How exciting is that goal?
  2. If the goal is accomplished, how proud will you be with the results?
  3. Will the completed goal make a difference in your life? In the lives of others?
  4. How will you be different as a result of the goal?

A boring goal is just that, boring! Focus on something really important and exciting. We only live once, make it count!

Suggestion 4 – Take One Day at a Time

With a plan in hand, try to take one day at a time. Remember the following three principles:

  1. Get something done every day – it keeps you in touch with the goal
  2. A small accomplishment each day adds up
  3. Keep notes on how things are progressing

Incorporating your plan into your daily activities can make the plan a reality.

Suggestion 5 – Find a Good Friend

Avoid going it alone. Find a friend: someone who will listen to your goals and your progress. Set up a regular time when you can share your plan and your progress. When you get together, consider the following topics as part of the conversation:

  1. What were the goals?
  2. What were the accomplishments?
  3. What were the challenges?
  4. What were the new insights about yourself?
  5. What will help you as you continue to work on the goals?

Having a friend who will listen, be honest with you and keep you moving in the right direction is a valuable part of keeping your plan alive.


All the best as you move forward in 2014!