How to Clear Your Clutter: Creating SMART Goals

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Do you have amazing ideas and when it comes to executing them you fall apart? Does looking at your to-do list and all you need to accomplish leave you feeling overwhelmed? Are you looking at the same dreams every year and failing to make them happen?

Learn SMART goals to achieve success


I have worked with a lot of people and one of the reasons I see people get stuck is they become overwhelmed when they are trying to clear their clutter and get organized. They look at what needs to be accomplished, clearing out the clutter of their home, and become paralyzed because there is so much to do. The key is to break it down into manageable steps.


Some things to think about when goal setting & using SMART goals:

Get motivated! You want to make sure you are clear in what is important because if you aren’t motivated, there’s a slim chance you won’t be motivated. This isn’t a race. If you need to go back to clarify your priorities, do that. The podcast will be here. Being clear in your priorities will support you to remain motivated.


High priority. Having a sense of urgency is also good. This allows you to push through to accomplish on those days when you aren’t feeling it!


Put it in writing! The physical act of writing a goal makes it real. Don’t try to remember all you need to do! Our minds aren’t made for remembering they are meant to be creative and solve problems.


Have a to-do list to work from that is broken down into manageable steps. Writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term.


SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting. To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:

Specific (simple, sensible, significant).

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • What resources or limits are involved?


A specific goal could be, “I choose to gain the skills and experience necessary to own my own business.”


Measurable (meaningful, motivating).

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?


I choose to take the necessary classes and training the experience I need within two years.


Achievable (agreed, attainable).

  • Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable. Stretch your abilities but still remain doable.
  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as available time?

I choose to quit playing basketball so I can spend the time on coursework and cut down on my weekly Starbucks to have money for classes. I will look into grants and loans.


Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).

Can you answer yes?

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Is it applicable for my finances?


You might want start your own business, but is it the right time to undertake the required training? Have you considered your spouse’s goals? For example, if you want to start a family, would you have time to complete classes?


Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

  • When?
  • What can I do right now?
  • What can I do this week?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do a year from now?
  • What can I do right now?



What SMART goals will you create to clear your clutter?


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