Setting Goals with Bridget Stralko

Goal Setting Tips & Homemade Vanilla Vodka

Are you all set with setting goals?

Feeling like you have fallen off the goal wagon? Aren't sure where to start? Never fear! You've got PLENTY of time for setting goals left this year to try again. Maybe you need a new strategy or some new accountability...or to set up a reward? We have discussed so many different ways to help you succeed in 2019 the last few weeks so be sure to revisit the strategies to see if you can try a different angle.

The final installment of my January goal setting series features my favorite Instagram follow Bridget Stralko, known to her legions of Unclutterati on Instagram as Unclutterit.  I think of myself as pretty motivated and organized and Bridget helps me think next level when it comes to organizing projects and goal setting.


Setting Goals with Bridget Stralko
  • Bridget says if you aren’t happy with where you are, figure out why it is you aren’t happy. Then set a goal on how to change that.
  • Your first step on the road to a happier year should be to list out what you want to do. Then break those goals on your list into manageable chunks. Remember don’t jump into drinking 64 ounces a day, start by buying the water bottle.
  • Really take time to figure out your steps. It’s all about writing it down, checking it off and keeping yourself accountable.
  • If you lose focus, remember WHY you wanted to make this change in the first place. Forgetting your "why" can be one of the things that trips you up when you want to make a change.
  • My favorite example from Bridget’s tips about staying motivated was the idea of making your goals habits…just like brushing your teeth. If you forget one day you’re not going to give up brushing your teeth forever…so don’t give up on your goals so easily. Work to make them habits.
  • Bridget is her own accountability. She returns to her calendar and her why when she feels like she is slipping. But she says she understand sometimes you need someone on the outside. Her only caution is that your goal won’t be as important to that other person so make sure you are clear on your why for you.
  • If you need outside accountability, Bridget suggests there is probably somewhere, somehow you can find a way to hire that coach or trainer or professional organizer if your goal is important enough to you. Remember to revisit WHY you want to make this change and how much it will improve your life.
  • Bridget suggests being honest with yourself about how good you are at accomplishing the goals. Otherwise you may try to tackle too much at once. If you know you aren’t so good at balancing multiple things at once, just focus on one thing at a time. And once that becomes a habit and you don’t have to think about it, then you can add another goal.
  • Bridget talked about her goal of reading 40 books this year and how knowing this goal helps her prioritize this over some of the other distractions that may keep her from meeting it.


If you'd like to connect with Bridget for more organizing wisdom or to hire her in the Detroit metro-area, you can connect with her here:

Instagram: @Unclutterit

Website: www.unclutterit.com

And we can't forget this week's Homemade Vanilla Vodka recipe:


  • 5-10 vanilla beans
  • 750 ml of vodka
  • Optional: jars or corked bottle


Homemade Vanilla Vodka

Slice vanilla beans lengthwise. If you are using the same bottle, pour out about 1 oz of vodka and place vanilla beans in the bottle. Or you can make it in 2 16 oz mason jars. Divide vanilla beans and pour vodka over. Shake the bottle or jar every couple days to mix. Let steep for 5 days to 1 month depending on how strong you want the vanilla flavor to be.

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Goal Setting Tips & Homemade Vanilla Vodka
Goal Setting & Homemade Vanilla Vodka
Goal Setting & Homemade Vanilla Vodka

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