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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.

Reviewing Goals – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

Let’s kick things off with a post by our sponsor – How To Clarify Your Goals. This is the 10th time Cena has taken part in the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, making her the newest Star Blogger. Way to go, Cena!

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:

Kate Martin – A New Year, A New Organized You!

Andrea Sharb – Tools for Getting Clearer on Your Goals

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

Reviewing Goals

Tracy K. Pierce – Wrap Up Your Year With An Annual Review

Lisa Woodruff – Lisa’s 2014 Goals Check In: December (no longer online)

Sabrina Quairoli – 5 Tasks To Do Before The Year Ends

Jill Robson – How I am reviewing goals for my Organizing Business (no longer online)

Janet Barclay (yes, that’s me!) – The Year-End Wrap-Up

Setting Goals

Hilda Rodgers – Monthly Family Goals {Free Printable!}

Chrissy Halton – Are your priorities in line with your goals?

Ellen Delap – Setting your goals one step at a time

Deb Lee – New Year, New Theme: What’s Your Word for 2014? (no longer available)

Linda Clevenger – A New Way to Reach Goals Called Scrum (no longer available)

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%

Christine Salberg – How Important Are Goals in Getting to the Finish Line?

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 we’ll start taking submissions.


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  1. 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

    • 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. 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.

    • 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 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.

    • 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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