Sometimes, the easiest way to make a change is to simply have a checklist and check things off as you do them.
It also happens to be one of the most rewarding.
But coming up with the checklist? That can be as difficult as the tackling the task at hand.
One of the best listers I've discovered in recent years is author Jennifer Ford Berry. Her easy-to-use book Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career, made making life changes easy, and her latest title, Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free, keeps that tradition going strong.
I can attest to the life difference between a home filled to the brim with stuff to one that is simple and streamlined. I got rid of most of my stuff a couple of decades ago, but many of my friends and colleagues remain deep clutterers - I think this book can help.
Sectioned into a week-by-week action plan, it allows you to do just a little bit at a time, and because you're able to see progress because you're not biting off more than you can chew, it's easy to forage ahead. That, and all you have to do is follow the checklist for the week and then check it off when it's complete. Some exercises are easier than others, but it's much easier than trying to tackle these issues on your own, or by having to buy a stack of self-help books (and then read them all, and then follow the advice....).
Weeks 1-17 focuses on organizing your mind, where you write down your goals and to dos, and reinforces the importance of making lists. It also covers setting a budget (something not enough of us truly do) and setting boundaries.
Over the course of weeks 18-27, you'll work on organizing your time. It's probably one of the most rewarding sections, as you get to schedule "me" time and organize your workday (just imagine how great work will be when you create a to-do list that you can actually do!).
The organizing your stuff weeks (28-36) will probably be quite difficult at first, but the more you get rid off, the easier it gets to toss away stuff you don't need.
If you didn't think you could organize your health, safety and spirituality, think again. This makes up the rest of the year's exercises.
This book can really change your life. If you want to change it, if you want to step out from the "stuff" that's been dragging you down and keeping you from what you want. And all you have to do is follow the lists and check them off.