New Year's Nots

Cynthia Kyriazis

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‘Tis the season … for New Year’s resolutions. Some of us are actually successful with these resolutions, but I have read that the majority of us break them within 24-48 hours of making them. This, of course, doesn’t need to happen to you.

Making a resolution usually also involves figuring out the things we need to DO to make the resolution a reality. To take a different spin on things, why not create a ‘not’ to-do list. You know…a list of things you need NOT do in order to become and remain organized. Make the list…pick one…then go for it. Here are some of my ideas but feel free to add your own:

I vow NOT to…

…maintain a cluttered desk
. . . maintain a cluttered office
…have a filing cabinet with no files in it
…have a filing cabinet that can’t store even one more piece of paper
…miss deadlines
…have ineffective meetings
…walk around with vague goals rattling around in my head
…look for things to distract me from what I need to be doing
…check email every 10 minutes
…climb into every interruption that comes my way
…delay decisions
…make excuses for the condition of my office
…comment on ‘other’ people’s disorganized offices
…go one more day without cleaning out my briefcase
…work on everything – except my priorities - first
…keep the same ineffective habits going into next year…

Good luck and have an organized and peaceful new year!

Copyright Cynthia Kyriazis 2005. All rights reserved.

Cynthia Kyriazis is an organizing and time management consultant, trainer, speaker, coach and author with over 20 years management experience in multi-unit corporations. Organize it, a division of Productivity Partners, Inc. is an organizational training firm she founded in 1995 and has been serving Fortune 500 clients ever since. Cynthia works with business and their employees to help improve performance and realize productivity gains.

Cynthia has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kansas City Star and the Legal Intelligencer. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), member of the Kansas City of the International Society for Performance Improvement – (ISPI-KC) and consultant to the American Coaching Association.


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