Reviewing Goals – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Reviewing Goals – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

In between preparing for and partaking in holiday festivities, this is a popular time to look back at our accomplishments over the past 12 months and to set goals and objectives for the new year ahead. We can probably all use a little help in this area, so I’ve invited my readers to share their advice. A big thank you to Cena Block and Plan-a-Paloozah for sponsoring this edition of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival.

I’m excited to announce our latest Superstar Blogger, who has participated in 25 editions of the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival:

Nancy Borg – The Back Burner Trap: Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Joining us for the first time this month, we welcome:

Andrea Sharb – Tools for Getting Clearer on Your Goals

Be sure to connect with Cena, Nancy, Andrea, and the other participants listed below, by reading their posts, leaving comments and sharing your favorites on social media.

Reviewing Goals

Sabrina Quairoli – 5 Tasks To Do Before The Year Ends

Janet Barclay (yes, that’s me!) – Planning for Your Best Year Ever

Setting Goals

Hilda Rodgers – Monthly Family Goals {Free Printable!}

Ellen Delap – Setting your goals one step at a time

Attaining Goals

Hazel Thornton – 5 Ways to Make Resolutions Fun Again

Debbie Rosemont – Setting Goals that Stick

Melissa Gratias – Goal Achievement: Join the Successful 12%

Julie Bestry – Achieve Your Goals: Modern Truths Behind the Urban Legend

All those great ideas are sure to get you fired up to work on your goals for next year! And if you need a little help getting your plans in place, be sure to check out Plan-a-Paloozah. It may be just what you need to reach your goals in 2015.

Thanks again to Cena Block for supporting the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, and to everyone who took the time to send in their posts.

Next month’s topic will be Decision-Making, sponsored by The Clutter Flow Chart Collection. Be sure to come back tomorrow, when I’ll start taking submissions.


Topics for 2024

Forming New Habits
Submission dates: December 21 to January 17
Sponsor: Geralin Thomas, Career Coach to Professional Organizers

Creative Storage Solutions
Submission dates: January 18 to February 14
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Money Management
Submission dates: February 15 to March 20
Sponsor: Mindflows for ADHD

Education and Organizing
Submission dates: March 21 to April 17
Sponsorship available

Filing Systems
Submission dates: April 18 to May 15
Sponsor: Sabrina’s Organizing & Admin Services

Submission dates: May 16 to June 19
Sponsor: Peggy Wonder, Space For You

Writing and Organizing
Submission dates: June 20 to July 17
Sponsorship available

Meal Planning
Submission dates: July 18 to August 14
Sponsorship available

Organizing Meetings
Submission dates: August 15 to September 18
Sponsorship available

Organizing for Seasonal Changes
Submission dates: September 19 to October 16
Sponsorship available

Best Organizing & Productivity Books
Submission dates: October 17 to November 20
Sponsorship available

Best of 2024
Submission dates: November 21 to December 25
Sponsorship available

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  1. Avatar Debbie Rosemont on December 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Pleased to be included Janet. I am very interested to read others’ posts on the topic as well. Such a good time of the year to do so, whether you believe in setting resolutions or not, there are so many studies that show the effectiveness of setting goals, making them “SMART”, writing them down and sharing them with other for accountability. I know some “poo-poo” the idea of setting goals at the New Year, but for me, it is a natural time, as we prepare to turn the last page on the calendar into the new one, to reflect on what I accomplished in the year coming to close, and consider and plan for what I want in the year ahead.

    What ever you are celebrating this month, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
    Debbie Rosemont, CPO

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on December 11, 2014 at 6:27 am

      I don’t think a new year is necessarily the best time for setting goals, but there are many factors that make it a good one:
      for many businesses, it’s the start of a new fiscal year
      for those who use a paper calendar, it’s literally a fresh start
      the holidays allow us to “press pause” on our regular routines, then start working on our goals as we transition back

      However, I’ve often found September to be a great time to work on new habits and routines. I think the important thing is to make a point of setting goals, create a plan of actions to take towards reaching them, review our progress, and repeat as needed, whether it’s yearly, quarterly, or even monthly.

  2. Avatar Julie Stobbe on December 16, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Although I do set goals for the year and work at them over the year I don’t tend to review them because I am an “avoid failure”type of person. I did review the past year at Maximize Market Club and it was uplifting to see how much I had accomplished big and small. I am becoming more of a fan for year end review of goals.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on December 16, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thanks for sharing that, Julie! I’m not as diligent about assessing my outcomes as I’d like to be, but it’s such an important step of the process, especially when it comes to deciding on next steps.

  3. Hazel Thornton Hazel Thornton on December 16, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I see I haven’t read all of these. Thanks for reposting! And thanks for including mine! I’ll be sharing this right after Christmas.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on December 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks – that’s a good time for sharing it, since so many people will be working on goals (or New Year’s Resolutions).

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