How To Get Organized In 2015

By Monica Friel

Does your New Year’s resolution involve getting organized? Make 2015 the year that you commit to better organization. Don’t think of being organized as an elusive, far-off goal. Create routines to help lighten the load and bring the chaos to order today. Here are 5 tips to help get you started:

Structure Your Day When time is unstructured, it can leave you feeling scattered and unaccomplished. Start each day with a clear plan. Make lists of what you need to do and prioritize them. Structure your day around those goals.

Create Habits Small habits of putting away and finishing up what you’re doing can have huge benefits in maintaining order. Here are some creative ways to get a new habit to stick.

Do Less. Creating a tight schedule without time to re-group will set you up for failure. Plan ahead for inevitable distractions. If things happen to run smoothly, you can make productive use of that extra time.

Be Charitable Having a good cause to donate to will help get the clutter out, while helping someone else in need (not to mention the tax deduction). Regularly assess what you have and weed out the excess.

Create A Place  If you have 15 minutes to straighten up, but don’t know where to put anything, that 15 minutes is wasted. Having a place for everything is essential to living organized. Invest in furniture and containers to make maintaining order easier.

Organization doesn’t just happen, it  is  a discipline and a constant process. Commit to making 2015 your most organized year yet!

Thanks, Monica!  We know 2015 will be a great year!  

Monica Friel



Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, try this…

By Patty Gardner

It’s getting to be that time of year – you know what I’m talking about – the time when you start thinking about goals for the New Year.  Unfortunately, statistics show the traditional manner of goal setting, making New Year’s Resolutions, doesn’t have a chance in heck of succeeding.  Most people abandon their goals before the month of January is even over.

I know the experts say you should set specific goals but maybe they’re wrong.  Certainly there are times when specific goals are necessary.  But sometimes you’re not trying to make big, dramatic changes – you just want to do a little bit better.

So if that’s you, maybe this year it’s time to try something different – something that will result in actually doing a little bit better!

The approach I’m talking about is less like a task on your to-do list (drink water, exercise, etc.) and more like analysis.

Let’s say you want to improve your eating habits.  We all know how difficult that is.  And setting specific goals like drinking 6 glasses of water or eating 1,500 calories or exercising 30 minutes a day may or may not happen.  Unfortunately, our mindset is usually that if we can’t do the WHOLE thing, we won’t bother to do it at all.  So instead of drinking 2 glasses of water, we don’t drink any.  Instead of exercising 10 minutes, we don’t exercise at all.  And instead of keeping track of our calories, we eat what we want and vow to do better tomorrow.

The analysis method eliminates that all or nothing thinking.

Here’s how it works.  You have generic goals like:

1.       Drink more water;

2.       Get more exercise;

3.       Eat better.

You can put those on your to-do list to remind you of your goals if you want to.  In fact, that’s probably a good idea.  You want to keep them visible because as you go through your day, you’re going to try to do better in those areas.  Then at the end of the day, you analyze how you did.  You can jot down a note next to each item or answer a question.

IMG_05011.       Did I drink more water than usual?

Yes.  I had water with my meals instead of having soda.

2.       What did I do to get some exercise?

I took the stairs instead of the elevator.

I walked in place for 15 minutes before I ate lunch.

3.       What good things did I do today toward a more healthy diet?

I had fruit for my snacks instead of chips from the vending machine.

Without the pressure of having to drink 6 glasses of water or eat 1,500 calories or exercise 30 minutes, you might just actually end up doing those things but they become your choice instead of something you HAVE to do.  And if you have a bad day, you had a bad day.  It’s not the end of the world and it’s not a reason to quit.

So when it’s time to nail down those New Year’s Resolutions, maybe you should think about the analysis method instead of the traditional goal-setting method.  You just might find that instead of abandoning your goals by the end of January, you’re actually making your life better, a little at a time.

Tips to Achieve Your 2014 Resolution: Fitness

The number one resolution for 2013 evolved around fitness. Since it can be hard to keep a fitness goal all year long, we have found some ways that can help. Things like sharing your progress and using your planner can help you stay on track and continue your goal through the whole year.

If your goal in 2014 is to get more fit, use these tips to ensure that you are successful by 2015.

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How to Get Organized in 2014

By Joshua Zerkel

If one of your goals for 2014 is to get more organized, you’re in good company. Most polls show that getting organized is a perennial favorite among folks who set resolutions for the new year. Of course, the challenge isn’t in setting the resolution – it’s in keeping it. Here are a few ideas to help you get organized in 2014:

Be super-specific. “Getting organized” is not a goal – it’s a concept, and you can’t achieve a concept. Additionally, there is no endpoint to organization – it’s something that you’ll continue to work on as time moves forward. “Organize my desk,” on the other hand, is a very specific goal. You probably have an idea of what you’d like your desk to look and function like when you’ve finished organizing it. Instead of choosing a general goal, decide which parts of your space or your systems are driving you the most crazy, and write down some specific goals for each. Keep your list somewhere handy – like your FranklinCovey planner or in an electronic form such as Evernote. You can refer back to this list as you make progress to make sure you’re on track.

Do it daily. Once you have your organizing goals written down, then it’s time to start taking action. After working with clients for many years, I can share one universal truth – you can’t get organized in one fell swoop. Think about it – it probably took quite some time for your office, your desk, or your closet to get in the current state it’s in – it likely didn’t happen overnight. You can’t expect to make a lasting change in a day or a weekend. Instead, look at your list of specific goals, and set aside time each day to make small (but measurable and noticeable) progress. Making little bits of headway regularly can help you build the habits that you’ll need to keep your organizing systems and spaces in shape over the long haul.

Get help. Successful goal achievers have a secret – they ask for help. Rather than struggling through on your own, get into the mindset of asking for help when you get stuck. Of course, some parts of getting organized will probably be easy for you to do on your own. Others, however, may stump you. When that happens, call on a friend or coworker for additional motivation, or enlist the help of a professional organizer or productivity consultant. Time and again I’ve seen people get stuck in the weeds when they’re trying to make progress. Simply by asking for help they could have saved themselves time and agony.

What are your goals for 2014, and how do you plan on achieving them?


Tips to Achieve Your 2014 Resolution: Career

Now is the time to begin a plan towards accomplishing your 2014 resolutions. With a plan and clear advice, your resolutions will become more achievable and you will be more successful at completing them.

One of the top resolutions for 2014 is focused on Career Goals. Whether you are trying to change careers or advance into a new position, this infographic gives you tips for each step and advice for the process. With the right plan, you could be in a new position before 2015.


2013 New Year’s Resolutions Survey Hints At Consumer Optimism

SALT LAKE CITY (October 22, 2012)  –FC Organizational Products LLC, the official consumer products licensee of the FranklinCovey Co. brand, today released the results of its annual New Year’s Resolutions Survey, which polled more than 1,000 adult consumers throughout the United States during October 2012.

New Year's Resolutions Survey InfographicThe 2013 New Year’s Resolutions Survey found that respondents’ top four New Year’s resolutions remain the same as prior year: (1) become more physically fit; (2), improve one’s financial condition; (3) improve health; and (4) lose weight. However, two new resolutions broke into the top 10 list – becoming more educated and improve work habits/career situation.  The education goal moved from 12th position in 2012 to 2013, and the work habit/career goal moved from 11th position in 2012 to 6th position.  The renewed focus on education and career both signal that consumers may be feeling the economy is reviving sufficiently to invest in an education and venture out into the job market.   One resolution fell off the Top 10 list – improve other relationships.





1. Become more physically fit 1. Become more physically fit
2. Improve financial condition 2. Improve financial condition
3. Improve health 3. Improve health
4. Lose weight 4. Lose weight
5. Read more 5. Read more
Become more educated – NEW
6. Change overall attitude:  be more positive 6.  Improve work habits/career situation — NEW
7. Improve family relationships 7.  Travel more
8. Travel more 8.  Improve family relationships
9. Do more volunteer work 9.  Do more volunteer work
10. Improve other relationships (friends,
co-workers, neighbors)
10. Change overall attitude:  be more positive


For the first time, the survey asked consumers to share the resolution abandoned first and pursued the longest. Interestingly, fitness and weight loss appeared on both lists:

  • Resolutions abandoned first
    • Lose weight – 31% of those who made the resolution
    • Travel — 26% of those who made the resolution
    • Improve physical fitness – 20% of those who made the resolution
  • Resolutions pursued the longest
    • Lose weight – 41% of those who made the resolution
    • Improve physical fitness — 29% of those who made the resolution
    • Improve financial situation – 16% of those who made the resolution

When asked to share methods most helpful to pursuing goals, the most frequently mentioned methods were:

  • Sharing goals with friends and asking for their support – 41%
  • Tracking goals in a planner – 25%
  • Keeping a journal – 18%

As in the 2012 survey, respondents were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with life. Interestingly, that number increased modestly from 2012, up to 7.3 versus 7.0 in 2012 on a 10 point scale of 1 = Not At All Satisfied and 10 = Extremely Satisfied.

Full survey results are available on

Survey Methodology

FC Organizational Products surveyed a nationally distributed sample of 1,000 male and female consumers, 18 to 60 years of age across the United States through a third-party organization in October 2012. The survey’s resulting sampling error rate is at the 95 percent confidence level.

ABOUT FC ORGANIZATIONAL PRODUCTS LLC  FC Organizational Products LLC is a global retailer and the exclusive worldwide consumer products licensee of the FranklinCoveyTM brand owned by FranklinCovey Co. FC Org. Products helps individuals and organizations achieve greater organization, productivity, and success. The Company’s products are sold throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East and in more 15,000 retail outlets across North America, including FranklinCovey stores. Some of the Company’s best-known consumer products include ever popular FranklinCovey planners, PlanPlusTM Online, as well as a line of laptop bags and totes.  In recent years, the company has added thousands of organizational tools and accessories to its product offering which are distributed through its consumer sites including Franklin Planner, Geekorize, Tidy Nirvana and The Organized Parent . For more information about the 2012 Resolution Survey, please visit

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