Organization can be a tricky thing, not to mention a daunting task. However, if it is done in steps, you will not only feel a weight has FINALLY been lifted off your shoulders, but you will feel more balanced when your project has finally been accomplished.
A great point to remember is, what works for one person, may not work for another. Each person’s organizational system is or will be different; just like a person’s personality. The trick is to come up with a system that works with you and your natural abilities or habits so as to assist in you in being at your best, whether for your clients or for your friends and families.
I came across an article in the Lifestyle section of MSN awhile back and found it to be spot on. It offered up realistic tips on how to get and maintain being organized. I have laid out the basic tips for you and added my own little thoughts; however, if you want to read more, I encourage you to click on the link above.
- Custom-design your system = This is something that you will have to put some thought into. What works best for you? What goals are you trying to achieve?
- Think kindergarten = The old adage “everything has its place” seems to come to mind here. Make sure documents get filed in their rightful place instead of lying on top of your desk or your to-do-lists are next to your computer or typed up on sort of project management system instead of scattered throughout your office. Centralization seems to be the key here.
- Organize the basics first = Start with areas that are accessed the most often, like a briefcase, which can end up becoming a “junk drawer.” Once the most accessed areas have been tackled, move on another area…one step at a time. As you start to see “the light at the end of the tunnel”, the more motivated you are apt to feel.
- Study yourself = Find out when you are at your most productive and utilize that time period to your advantage.
- Learn your concentration threshold = Tailor your schedule/tasks around your attention span. If you know you have a big project coming up, cut it into smaller parts accordingly. Make sure to intersperse those break times as well. This will help with the wondering minds.
- Hire a pro or find a friend = If all else fails and you still feel overwhelmed, as for an outsider’s perspective. Their ideas could be the difference between success and failure.
For more inspiration, you may want to visit Julie Morgenstern’s site. She has written several books on the subject of organization and time management. Her site also offers tips that can further assist you with your goals.
The best advice I ever received was to stay positive. I think this advice works well for organization and time management, too. Success and accomplishments will abound, if you just stay positive.
Good luck and I look forward to your organizational tips!