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It’s not easy running a marathon—if it were, we’d all be doing it.

Instead of demanding 100% consistency from yourself, remember Bonus #1 in our Top 10 Tips for Resolutions (Expect to Backslide).

It happens to everyone.

It is more helpful to renew your commitment to change just for today.

Confine any worrying or fretting about your goals to the next 24 hours.

As one of my coaches, Mark LeBlanc, likes to say, “Everyone can take one more step.”

Regardless of how you’re feeling, chances are you can do anything for one more day.

“One day at a time” let’s you release the need to measure your progress and focus only on your actions.

The results are both none of your business and sure to take care of themselves if you put in consistent effort.

Your worry does nothing to move you forward.

It’s ok to be nice to yourself as well as you’re building new behavior.

Beating up on yourself or too much rigidity will likely lead to failure.

Remember that failure breeds failure, success breeds success.

Finally, most of us can recall the fable about the oak and the willow.

When the weather was fair, it seemed as if the oak was the stronger tree.

When the wind kicked up, it became clear that the willow, with its ability to bend, was really the stronger of the two.


Do you have a daily practice of meditation, quiet reflection, or simply planning out the day before it begins?

Incorporate the renewal of your resolution/commitment into that daily routine.

Share your technique with us on FB or tweet it out: #iamorganized

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About The Author

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

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