understand your needsThis is the time of year when a lot of people think about what they need to do in the new year. Some call this thinking making resolutions, others call them goals, some don’t put a label on it. Whatever you call it, if you do this, you may not even understand your needs. You may need to do some detective work to figure it out.

January has been named GO Month or Get Organized month many years ago by NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals). Getting organized is a good way to start off a new year. Organizing comes in all shapes and sizes including your thoughts. Perhaps step one is to get your thoughts organized to understand your needs.

Some years ago, I wrote a blog post about organizing your thoughts. It was well received and may be of use to you to begin your quest to understand your needs. In case you missed it, here is a link to the article.

The article talks about getting your initial thoughts documented in some way, either pen and paper or digitally, depending on what works for you. To fully understand your needs, you need to also understand what you’re able and willing to do to make these things happen.

This is something that requires you to dig deep inside and be realistic about the things you documented. For example, you decide to run a 5k race for a favorite charity.  That’s a great idea! Some questions that pop into my mind are, are you physically fit to do this? If not, perhaps some training to get into physical shape is required, will you do that?

You need to investigate, or should I say put on your detective cap to dig into each resolution, goal or whatever you call it to fully understand your needs. After you’ve done that, you can now create a realistic plan to accomplish whatever you set out to do in the new year.