Another New Year’s Day is here, and with it come the best of intentions in the form of “New Year’s Resolution.” Along with losing weight and quitting smoking, the resolve to “get organized” is among the most popular. In fact, January is “Get Organized Month” as declared by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan issued this proclamation, making January “Get Organized Month” in Michigan.
This blog was created over in August 2004. Over five years and five hundred posts later, it still brings messages designed to make life easier through better organization and time management.
Every day this month, we will be bringing back some of the best posts from the last five years, sort of our way of celebrating “Get Organized Month.”
There are other reasons to celebrate. Later this month, Organization Made Easy: Tools for Today’s Teachers will be out. During January, the Eye on Education Blog and Tales from a Teacher’s Heart will be spotlighting the ideas that have made a difference for many people.
MichelleJanuary 1, 2010 3:11 am
For some reason we as humans view a new year like a blank canvas. A chance to start over and make some changes. The fact that we could in fact do this any time we choose, usually escapes us!
However I too make new years resolutions, or as I prefer to say – goals. One of my goals is to learn to play the guitar.
Dr. Frank BuckJanuary 1, 2010 10:49 am
You are exactly right. We could make changes anytime we wish. For those of us in the field of education, August offers exactly the same feeling of being able to start anew. I see a huge similarity between the the two. Those summer days for teachers and last weeks of December present a change of pace. Even though we may be busy, we are busy about something other than “business as usual.” We have the opportunity to step back, see the bigger picture, re-charge, and step back into the arena with renewed vigor.
Sometimes we need a “trick” to move us from where we are to where we want to be. Later this month, I will talk about “Christmas Letters from the Future,” my own personal trick that has helped keep me focused on goals throughout the year.
I would love to hear about your progress on the goal you have set. Among other things, I am a musician, so your goal of learning the guitar is something I see as very special.