An Organized New Year in Six Steps

New Years is all about starting fresh and new. Along with getting in shape, getting organized tops the list of popular resolutions. The most successful people are the most organized people. Being organized leads to greater work efficiency and has been shown to even improve your health. The daunting task of organizing your life can seem a tad overwhelming. When given a large task, it is always best to break it down into small steps. Here are few simple measures you can take to get a jump-start on a more organized year.

1. Create a Filing System

It is easy to just shove important papers into the oblivion that is your file cabinet. Take a little time to label folders and divide up important papers.

2. Establish a Calendar

The best way to organize time is to be able to prioritize tasks and manage your time. Remember to leave some wiggle room for unexpected delays or emergencies.

3. Set a Budget

Organizing finances is crucial to reaching your monetary goals for the year. Use budget programs such as Mint or BudgetPulse to help cut down unnecessary spending and achieve saving goals.

4. Plan to Achieve

Write down your short term and long-term goals for the year and research how to achieve them. Include milestones so that you can track your progress throughout the year.

5. Cut Out the Clutter

Everything should have its place. Get rid of old clothes, knick-knacks, or other items that you haven’t used in the last year. This will give better access to the things you regularly use.

6. Update Legal Documents

If you had a big life change during the past year such as the purchasing a home or the birth of a child, you will need to update your will or trust documents. If you don’t have a will or trust, the new year is the perfect time to get that in place.

 

Following these six steps will have you on your way to a more successful and organized year. Remember, keeping organized is all about consistency. Check in with yourself a once a month to make sure you are following this checklist to keep on track. We wish you and your family a very happy (and organized) start to the year.

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Law Offices of Debbie J. Cunningham

Debbie Cunningham is an Irving attorney providing affordable estate planning to the Dallas/ Fort-Worth areas. She understands the steps you should take to protect yourself and your loved ones. Debbie is family-focused and wants to ensure her clients are fully informed on the options that are available for their families. Debbie’s own blended family has given her valuable insights into the complexities of family dynamics.

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