Do you often set big, hard-to-reach goals and then find yourself fizzling out a few days or weeks in?
You’re not alone! If not set properly, big goals can leave us feeling lost and overwhelmed.
We recently asked our community for the tips they use for setting and reaching big audacious goals – especially when decluttering and organizing their homes. Here’s what they said!
30 Tips for Achieving Hard-to-Reach Goals
1. I remind myself how great it will feel when I accomplish it.
-Sharon Charnell Gherman
2. My goal is baby steps.
A bag gone every day or so is progress. Currently, I am gifting things using the Buy Nothing group in my community.
-Lorrie Hamilton Mercer
3. I know what needs to be done and just do it.
I hold myself accountable.
4. I let people close to me know it’s a goal for accountability, and they check in with me on how I’m doing with it.
I’m not as successful if I keep the goal to myself.
5. Smaller is better.
Don’t make a gigantic goal, make smaller attainable ones. Better to have consistent smaller victories than struggle trying to win the big war on clutter.
6. The tighter the deadline, the better my performance.
I wish I could live my life without crisis management, but fear it’s who I am, after being this way for my entire life.
7. Little by little every day and some days more.
I can honestly say this since I’ve become a member of OMH. With Sarah’s Expertise and her True Heart for her members to succeed, I’m changing by employing Sarah’s Decluttering Principles ❤️
8. You just do it.
Break it down into small segments if you have to. That sometimes helps.
9. Write it down and work on it daily.
10. Get an accountability coach 😅
-Eda Marisol Santiago
>>Consider hiring a decluttering coach for this purpose!
11. You start small then as you gain momentum you gradually build.
13. Spend at least 30 min. daily to work towards achieving goal.
Treat the time like an appointment so you prioritize the 30 min. as important.
14. Goals need to be reasonable, attainable, and have a deadline.
That’s what I used to teach my college students. It applies to any goals.
-Shari Reeves Whalen Muench
15. Don’t make too many and nothing too drastic.
Do something that’s fairly easy to obtain- ex: if trying to give up soda, start by giving up soda at home or out.
16. Ignore everyone around me & stay tuned in to my chore.
-Juanita Culbert Mckinney
17. I use a calendar.
I color it to help me with goals. It motivates me and allows me to see my progress ☺️
18. Hold yourself accountable.
19. For me, the big goal is the room, dresser, shelves.
Then I break the big goal into steps of 15-20 minutes. Trying for 2 steps a day.
20. One step at a time.
I choose a small room or area and plan out what I want it to look like and dive in. My insomnia normally plays a role in larger areas.
-Melinda Dattilo Walton
21. I journal every night.
What progress I made, what went wrong, steps towards the goal for the next day.
-Nancy Tripp Carroll
22. I try to figure out what the most important 3 things need to be done every day.
-Dorothy Jones Meurs
23. Write them down.
Keep a list and check them off once they are accomplished.
-Wanda Carver Day
24. Reward yourself.
25. Set a goal- write it down AND talk to someone about it!
The more you talk about it the more accountability you create so friends, your spouse, or family members know your goal, and will support you, ask you about it, and cheer you on! One of my goals last year was to walk 2,021 miles- I talked to family, friends and my husband about it- they, in turn, asked how it was going, cheered me on along the way and celebrated with me when I hit my goal the first week of December! I couldn’t have done it without my support team pushing me along the way!
26. Set small goals.
If you want to read more, set your goal to be 5 higher than you did last year (if you didn’t read at all, set a goal of 5 books). When you reach that goal, set a new goal. Don’t set a goal that is too large/unreasonable because it’ll be harder to stick to.
27. Focus on that one goal every chance you get.
28. Don’t tell anyone.
Act on it quietly. Work on things half a day at a time.
-Alice Patricia Baggarley
29. Short-term goals – I write them down and cross them off as they are accomplished.
As the list decreases I add new goals. Gives me incentive and a feeling of productivity seeing them written & crossed off.
30. Make three: immediate, middle, and long term.
Clean out old clothing, research and build the ultimate closet storage for your needs, build a capsule wardrobe. The long term is a whole year.
A Common Theme
You’ll probably notice there are a couple of common threads to many of these comments about achieving difficult goals.
This is big for maintaining the motivation to continue on for long periods of time towards a goal.
You can get accountability from friends and family, or you can join communities and memberships of like-minded people.
Take small steps.
Trying to bite off more than you can chew is a recipe for burnout. We don’t want that for you!
Consider getting hold of our print book, Step-by-Step Decluttering, for help with taking it bit by bit for achieving your hardest decluttering goals.
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