Reflect, Refocus & Reorganize

In January it is our human nature to think deeply about where we were in 2015 and where we want to be in 2016. Annually, each January I always love to do three things to my planner, goal sheet and filing system:

  1. Review to Reflect
  2. Refocus After Reflection
  3. Reorganize Based on #1 and #2

REFLECT

2016_goalsI encourage you to carve out an hour or more this month to sit and think and even journal about your 2015. Our days and months wiz by. Center yourself in a comfortable chair and consider all your accomplishments and events that have taken place. These will be either in or out of your control. Nonetheless, time marches on and you either did or didn’t make things happen to the best of your ability. Be kind to yourself and grateful for the life experiences. You can do this exercise from a personal, professional or combined pair of eyes as you review your previous year’s planner and goal sheet. (If you used neither, no worries…start now for this year and simply look at your 2015 calendar to tickle your brain.)

I guarantee you, you will be surprised by your findings if you do this exercise. I highly recommend you get out a beautiful journal or at least paper and pen or stylus and digital device and give yourself permission to walk down your annual memory lane and reflect so you can then refocus.

REFOCUS

As you are reflecting, this exercise will purposely cause your mind to strategize on what you want to do next. It’s a simple case of knowing where you’re been so you can figure out where you want to go next. I love this time of year because the review of your planner AND filing system (paper and digital) mindfully force your thoughts toward your future. I swear that when I go through my filing system it triggers tasks, thoughts and goals for my advancement. As I’m tweaking the filing system physically I begin to ponder my goals for the New Year and place the “To-Do’s” I’ve thought of in my 2016 planner answering my famous question, “If not now, when?”

REORGANIZE AND REPRIORITIZE

gaol_areasNow that I’ve taken the time to reflect on my time, the time to review my files (personal and professional), I come to “rewrite” my goal sheet. I review my previous year’s goals and with my new focus I tweak them for 2016. I usually create at least one goal or mission statement for the following areas:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Family
  3. Personal
  4. Financial
  5. Business

Then I print them off my computer, put them in an acrylic stand and place them on my desk where I can see them every day. I’d like to tell you I then read them every day. I should but sometimes I fall off the wagon. The good news is when I do feel overwhelmed and cluttered throughout the year, I go back to that acrylic stand and ask myself to take a breath and reread what I said I would do AND if what I am currently doing does not roll up to one of my goals it gets cut out of my life. I kid you not, that would be clutter if I left it in there…

Jean Marie Herron is a professional organizer and the owner of POSSE Partners, LLC. Since 2005 POSSE has specialized in residential organizing with private clients. Additionally, Jean Marie presents her “Clutter Corrals™”, informative workshops and classes on many home organizing topics. She is a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the Director of Associate Membership for NAPO-Northern New Jersey.

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"When my aging mother needed to relocate from NJ to FL RSM™ took care of every necessary task from family distributions, donations, and fix-ups! Bernadette Flaim’s home staging expertise made the MLS photos beyond attractive for this older, single-bedroom condo. There were several other apartments for sale in the same building for over a year. My unit received 4 offers in two weeks; 2 over asking price and one for cash. I realized this was not typical for property in my market area but, rather, the outstanding organizing, staging and selling skills of the ReadyStageMove™ Team.

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Dorothy D.
Tarpon Springs, FL

2015-12-15T18:02:12+00:00

Dorothy D.
Tarpon Springs, FL

"When my aging mother needed to relocate from NJ to FL RSM™ took care of every necessary task from family distributions, donations, and fix-ups! Bernadette Flaim’s home staging expertise made the MLS photos beyond attractive for this older, single-bedroom condo. There were several other apartments for sale in the same building for over a year. My unit received 4 offers in two weeks; 2 over asking price and one for cash. I realized this was not typical for property in my market area but, rather, the outstanding organizing, staging and selling skills of the ReadyStageMove™ Team. Thank you so much!”

"I have had the good fortune of working with Bernadette Flaim and Jean Marie Herron of Ready Stage Move on countless home preparation, staging, and listing projects.  Not only are they absolute professionals in their respective fields, but they are personally delightful to work with and ensure that the process runs smoothly.  Every property listing in which their services were utilized sold at a higher price and more quickly than other properties on the market.  I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

Harold Bill Graber
Broker Associate
ReMax Villa Realtors

2016-05-16T17:10:05+00:00

Harold Bill Graber
Broker Associate
ReMax Villa Realtors

"I have had the good fortune of working with Bernadette Flaim and Jean Marie Herron of Ready Stage Move on countless home preparation, staging, and listing projects.  Not only are they absolute professionals in their respective fields, but they are personally delightful to work with and ensure that the process runs smoothly.  Every property listing in which their services were utilized sold at a higher price and more quickly than other properties on the market.  I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

“When ReadyStageMove™ came to my client’s home for a “Walk & Talk” recently, this was the first time I had worked with them, so I really didn’t know what to expect. What I did know was that this home needed some organizing and staging help before I was ready to put it on the market. I recommended to the client to hire RSM™ for their Walk & Talk. They agreed and Jean Marie and Bernadette professionally and non-judgmentally went through the house with me and the homeowners. Once the consultation was complete, the ReadyStageMove™ Team put together a thorough, detailed and easy to follow “List of Recommendations.” This document became my client's master checklist, using it as a guide to getting their property decluttered and attractively staged, before the Open House. My clients chose to do all the work themselves following all of RSM’s suggestions and recommendations. I was pleased to report that the house sold quickly and for top dollar!”

Sharon Siracusa
Better Homes and Gardens
Rand Realty
Wyckoff Office
646 Wyckoff Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

 

2016-06-07T17:50:11+00:00

Sharon Siracusa
Better Homes and Gardens
Rand Realty
Wyckoff Office
646 Wyckoff Ave.
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

 

“When ReadyStageMove™ came to my client’s home for a “Walk & Talk” recently, this was the first time I had worked with them, so I really didn’t know what to expect. What I did know was that this home needed some organizing and staging help before I was ready to put it on the market. I recommended to the client to hire RSM™ for their Walk & Talk. They agreed and Jean Marie and Bernadette professionally and non-judgmentally went through the house with me and the homeowners. Once the consultation was complete, the ReadyStageMove™ Team put together a thorough, detailed and easy to follow “List of Recommendations.” This document became my client's master checklist, using it as a guide to getting their property decluttered and attractively staged, before the Open House. My clients chose to do all the work themselves following all of RSM’s suggestions and recommendations. I was pleased to report that the house sold quickly and for top dollar!”