Organizing The Unorganized

Don’t you just love lists?  How about when everything has a place and that place is orderly?  I know many people like this and many who would laugh at me for even suggesting such a thing.  I know some people who will take the time to get organized ever so often just to end up right back where they were to begin with.  Being organized takes a special commitment and involves getting into a routine.  Here are a few thoughts to help you get started on being, and staying organized.

  • Avoid Procrastination:  Once you’ve gotten organized by establishing a place for everything, make sure you put it there.  Don’t set things aside for later. Whether its papers at the office or dishes at home, take the few extra seconds to put things in their place when your done with them every time.
  • Make It a Habit:  It takes 21 days to establish a habit so you need to commit.  Make sure you’re in the organized life for the long haul.  You may have some days of chaos where you feel yourself slipping off track but that’s ok.  It happens to all of us.  Just make sure you get back on track quickly.
  • Reward Yourself:  Who doesn’t like to be rewarded for a job well done?  If you’ve been living an unorganized life, organizing it for the long haul is a big deal.  Set up some rewards for yourself.  Every month you succeed you can use the time you’ve saved by being organized (and you should have some) to do something fun just for you!

Do you have anything that has helped you stay organized that might help someone else?

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  1. When you finish a task or project, it is not truly complete until everything you used is put away and filed. Many people spend a lot of time planning, working the plan but when the event is over, some people think it ends there. It is important to put rooms back in order, when you arrive at your office or home don’t just throw the left over stuff anywhere. Put it back in its place, create a new place for it or throw it away. Go one step further and try to always evaluate how it went and what you would do the next time. If it is a yearly event, put next year’s date on your notes. Jot down what you would do differently next year, names of people who were key to making it happen this year, # and names of attendees, any comments to make it better the next time and place that paper in next year’s file.

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