Having trouble sticking to those New Year’s resolutions to become better organized? You are not alone. Although just about everyone seems to understand the benefits of being organized, it’s not always easy to figure out just where to start.

Thankfully, there’s Get Organized Month – a national event sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) each January that is designed to highlight the benefits of the association and working with NAPO’s professional organizers.

Many people use the start of a new year to think of ways in which they can improve their lives, and becoming more organized can help save time and money, increase productivity, enhance one’s quality of life, and reduce stress. In fact, in its most recent survey, NAPO found that 96 percent of respondents felt that they could save at least some time each day if they were more organized at home and that 91 percent felt they could be more efficient at work if they were better organized. Overall, 71 percent indicated their quality of life would improve with more organization.

To highlight ways in which people can become more organized at home, work, and even school, NAPO members and chapters throughout the country will be hosting events for Get Organized Month.  Check with your local NAPO chapter to see if there are any Get Organized Month events planned in your area.

Get Organized Month is also a time for NAPO members and chapters to give back to their local communities. Schools, local businesses, and community agencies have all benefited from NAPO members’ help to get organized, streamline processes, and reduce clutter. Every year since I became a NAPO member, I’ve chosen a non-profit organization as the recipient of my Get Organized Month pro bono project. One of my favorite Go Month projects was donating organizing services to my local humane society! 🙂

This year, I have chosen the Junior League of Orange County, Inc. as the recipient of my Get Organized Month pro bono project. The Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Membership is open to all women over the age of 21. 

I will be volunteering my time and expertise by participating as a speaker in the Junior League’s Winter Leadership Workshop, to take place on January 23rd from 10am-2pm at the Carl P. Onken Conference Center at the BOCES campus, 53 Gibson Road Goshen, NY 10924.  The workshop includes 3 one-hour sessions with a choice of 3 topics per session and a networking lunch.  I will be presenting three sessions: DECIDETM to Be Organized!  An Empowering Process for Change, Goal Setting for Your Career & Your Life, and Stand and Deliver: Dynamic Presentations.

Tickets for the Winter Leadership Workshop are $35 in advance (received by January 20th) and $40 at the door.  The workshop will be a great opportunity to network with other Orange County leaders while strengthening and developing leadership skills. 

If interested in registering for the Winter Leadership Workshop, please contact Krista at kristaburket@yahoo.com, leave a message on the League Line at 845.344.8554, or visit their website at www.jlocny.com.

To locate one of NAPO’s professional organizers in your area, you can use NAPO’s free, online automated directory, searchable by zip code, country, and organizing service at www.napo.net. The site also has a lot of great information about Get Organized Month, so be sure to visit!

About Lisa Montanaro

Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses. To receive her free Toolkit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Purpose, Passion & Productivity, visit www.LisaMontanaro.com/toolkit. Lisa is the author of "The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life" published by Peter Pauper Press. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help you be purposeful, passionate and productive, contact Lisa at (530) 302-5306 or by e-mail at .

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