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Organized GoalsLet the Games Begin
Organizing doesn't have to be a chore. Turn it into a game. Make it fun and rewarding. Create tasks, use stickers, beat the clock, swap tasks. Simple tricks can make organizing fun - and turn tasks into finished projects.
The organizing games, that is. When it comes to getting organized, we can all use a little bit of fun and motivation. Here are a few organizing games you could play to help encourage you to get more done, and have a ball at the same time.
1) Pick a task. Get yourself 10 index cards. On eight of them, write a task on each that you must get done such as load the washing machine, vacuum the bedroom or respond to that birthday invitation.
On two of those cards, write a fun activity on each, such as read a chapter of your favorite book or step outside and go for a brief walk. Put all of the cards in a hat or a box and swish them around.
Then, close your eyes and pull one out. Read the task or fun activity, and then do what it says on the card. When you complete that task or fun activity, put the card face down on a table and then draw another card. Keep repeating until you've done everything on all ten cards.
This game makes your day a little more interesting and cuts down on the same old-same old.
2) Sticker fun. Make yourself a chart of everything that needs to be done each day. Every time you do one of those tasks, give yourself a sticker. Once you have 20 or 25 stickers on the chart, do something nice for yourself.
This game adds a bit of incentive, so you're always looking forward to something special.
3) Beat the clock. Choose a task to perform, and then set a timer for 20 minutes. Try to complete the task before the timer goes off. When it sounds, if you're done with the task, reward yourself by doing something fun and enjoyable.
If you're not yet done, either set the timer again and try to beat the clock this time, or stop and repeat again tomorrow.
This beat the clock approach works really well for the competitive spirit. If you prefer, you can use music instead of the clock. For example, try to get the task done before 5 songs play on the radio, or before all the songs on your CD play.
4) Task swap. Make up a list of tasks you hate to do, and have your partner do the same. Offer to do one of the other person's tasks, in exchange for he or she doing one of your tasks.
Who knows? By the end of the day, each of your lists may be completed--or at least partially done.
Sometimes something that may seem totally overwhelming to one person, may feel like a cinch to another.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com FREE Get Organized Now! Idea-Pak and E-zine, filled with tips and ideas to help you organize your home, your office and your life, at the Get Organized Now! Web site.