A new year is the ideal time to start fresh and set new goals for your home, work and personal life.

We’ve suggested three steps to help make 2017 your most organised year yet, including inspiration and tools to support you throughout your journey.

Step 1: Start with a fresh slate

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it: this is going to be my day.”
– BRENDON BURCHARD

1. Delfonics, ‘Buro’ Letter Box
2. House Doctor, Paper Storage Basket
3. HIGHTIDE, Clip Calculator
4. Kinto, Non-Slip Rectangular Tray
5. Praxis, USB Memory Stick, 32GB
6. Bluelounge, CableBox
7. Craft Design Technology, Tape Dispenser
8. Whiteley & Sons, Paper Scissors

To start with a fresh slate it’s important to rid your workspace of items that no longer need to be there. A good start is to throwing anything you really don’t need away or into recycling.

If you do need to hold onto any items (i.e. last year’s diary, notebook or loose papers) you should file them away rather than simply shuffle them or stuff them in a drawer until next year! It’s a great idea to label these so they’re easy to identify and find later on.

If you’ve ever lost your digital work you know how much of a pain it is… queue: angry face! You’ve heard it once, twice, now you’ll hear it for the umpteenth time: back it up! A USB memory stick is a great idea and such a simple solution. The range from Praxis not only do the job, but they look super stylish on your desk. There are also so many great digital storage options, like Dropbox.

Once your desk is clear, take a seat. Look around — what items do you want (and need!) within arm’s reach? Is a calculator essential? Perhaps you need to take down a lot of quick notes or detailed notes that are easily disposable? (Check out our range of sticky notes and memo pads.) Do your scissors tend to go missing? Perhaps they can be hidden in your drawer!

Step 2: Decide on your goals for the year

“If not now, when? If not here, where? If not me, who?”
– STEVE GEIGER

9. Mi Goals, Goal Pad
10. Appointed, 2017 Desk Calendar
11. Mi Goals, Goals Notebook
12. Moleskine, Classic Ruled Notebook

To achieve our goals we need an actual plan to achieve them.  Many of us keep goals in our own head only so, as the year progresses, we lose focus and inspiration as we digress into other projects, pathways and distractions. So it’s really important to write your goals down.

Perhaps you’re at the stage where you’re still asking yourself what you actually want to achieve from the year at work or in your personal life. Or perhaps you have a specific and clear view of what you want. No matter where you’re at it’s important to check whether your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based.

It’s also important to write down your goals (or draw them!) where you can see them regularly, so you never lose focus. Mi Goals specialise in tools that are purpose-made for setting, following and achieving your goals. A wall or desk calendar is another great idea — mark those important dates and ensure they’re placed in full view to help you keep on track.

Step 3: Consider if it’s time to try a new planning method

“The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
– STEPHEN COVEY

13. Leuchtturm1917, Bullet Journal
14. Behance, Action Book
15. Moleskine, Evernote Set of 2
16. Mi Goals, Progress Journal
17. Moleskine, Smart Writing Set

You’ve decided you’re going to start this year differently and plan more… but which planning method should you use. Maybe it’s time to try something new? Thankfully there are lots of planning methods out there! Check out our blog post with six various methods you could try out.

Perhaps the Bullet Journal method might work for you. Or maybe you attend a lot of meetings and need to make those ideas and actionable points happen? Check out the Behance range and their Action Method.

Find yourself distracted and veering away from your ‘to do’ list? Read our above blog post on the Ivy Lee Method.

Planning should not be considered as an after-thought or something to dismiss as a waste of time. In fact, it should be given precedence. It might even be wise to schedule time in your calendar each day or week, depending on your own schedule, as planning time — no interruptions allowed! Yes, close your email, shut down Facebook and Twitter, put your phone in your desk drawer and switch it on silent. This is your time to set those goals in motion.

And don’t worry — we get it, in a digital age sometimes it’s not the most convenient to have all notes and plans on paper. Thankfully, Moleskine get this too and have created the Smart Writing Set, which instantly digitises your work as you write! Check out our review on the blog.

Conclusion

Starting the year with these three steps will help you make 2017 your most organised yet. Stay tuned for part two where we introduce some additional tools and inspiration!

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