Top Ten Motivators

Staying motivated to complete your goals is a challenge — even when it’s something you really want to accomplish in life. I know, and I’m an organizer! Here are ten proven techniques that will keep you on task, excited about what you’re doing, and making progress every day.

Break Your Goal Down

Checkmark-Iconmost goals are abandoned because they are too big and vague

Xmark-Iconbreak your goal down into smaller tasks

Checkmark-Iconchoose a concrete and measurable action

Xmark-Iconhave a solid idea of what successful completion looks like

Commit 15 Minutes A Day

Checkmark-Iconyou don’t have to commit hours at a time to accomplish a goal

Xmark-Iconthe greatest advances are the sum total of a series of small efforts

Checkmark-Iconcommit to spending just 15 minutes a day

Xmark-Icondo something that moves you closer to accomplishing your goal

Develop A Mantra

Checkmark-Iconrepetition is the mother of success

Xmark-Iconremind yourself of your goals every day

Checkmark-Iconturn your most important goal into a one-sentence affirmation

Xmark-Iconphrased as though you have already accomplished your goal

Checkmark-Iconrepeat regularly and it becomes your natural way of thinking

Find A Buddy

Xmark-Icontry to get friends to help out with your project

Checkmark-Iconoffer to reciprocate and help your friend in return

Xmark-Icontwo can get more done in a shorter period of time than one

Checkmark-Iconyou hold each other accountable to accomplishing your goals

Let People Know Your Plans

Xmark-Iconmake yourself accountable by telling others of your plans

Checkmark-Iconthey become interested in your progress and check in with you

Xmark-Iconinspires you to keep going and overcome your obstacles

Paint Yourself Into A Corner

Checkmark-Iconthe worst deadline is “someday” or “when I get around to it”

Xmark-Icontoo vague, too broad, and too much room for slacking

Checkmark-Iconmake a commitment to someone else to add some pressure

Xmark-Iconknowing that others are counting on you often gets you going

Put It Down On Paper

Checkmark-Iconif you write a goal down, it is more likely to come to fruition

Xmark-Iconyou invest time and energy writing your goals down

Checkmark-Iconputting goals on paper makes you more committed to the outcome

Xmark-Iconplus it’s therapeutic to cross items off when they are completed

Review Your Goals Regularly

Checkmark-Iconask yourself some hard questions about each goal

Xmark-Iconask why you haven’t made more progress and what’s in your way

Checkmark-Iconask if the goal is still important to you

Xmark-Iconif your priorities have changed, drop it from your list

Reward Yourself

Checkmark-Iconas you plan your goals, attach a specific reward to each

Xmark-Iconthe reward should be commensurate with the amount of work

Checkmark-Iconbe consistent about rewarding yourself for every accomplishment

Xmark-Iconeach completion deserves a reward, no matter how small

Take Time To Enjoy Your Success

Checkmark-Icontake time to acknowledge the fact that you accomplished a goal

Xmark-Icondon’t simply charge into the next task or you will burn out

Checkmark-Iconremember the time and effort you invested

Xmark-Iconsavor the feeling of completion

Checkmark-Iconrefresh and renew your enthusiasm to continue

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.

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