Why bother to get organized and how come it seems that some people are just naturals at it while others struggle and feel stressed out about it?
I think some people have personalities that naturally lend themselves to getting and staying organized while others would rather be doing anything but!
Before we look at the tips I was wondering what blocks our attempts at getting organized.
“I can’t get organized” or “I won’t get organized”
If you fall into the I can’t category maybe you just need to learn the skill.
Yes, organization is a skill that can be learned. Maybe you’ve never been shown, or you are not quite sure where to start. There are all kinds of resources and support available to help you get started; books, professional organizer websites, maybe that annoying friend or relative that has offered to help you? 😊
If you fall into the I won’t category you probably would rather have a tooth pulled than organize paper and other “stuff”. Are you a free spirit that believes you’ll find that piece of paper or valuable document when you need it? Are there too many other interesting things to do that distract and hold your attention? Or maybe you start with good intentions and a couple hours later find yourself reminiscing over those old photos you found in that pile!
What should you do if you fall into the I won’t category? Weigh the pros and cons on your health and environment of staying unorganized. Can you tolerate being disorganized? What are the costs to your well-being and your business?
Here are 5 tips that will help you to get organized:
Eliminate, categorize and then organize. Throw away or donate anything you are not using, categorize what’s left and then organize it. Make sure you are organizing in a way that works for you, the space and the way in which it will be used.
Assess the size of the organizational job in front of you. Be realistic about how long it will take, agree with yourself that you don’t have to do it all at once. Break the overall task down into a manageable time block.
Don’t organize clutter. (See tip 1) Remember that tidying up is different than organizing.
Organizing means determining a place for everything, everything in its place.
Block time off in your calendar and commit to sticking with it. If you don’t make it a priority something else will easily take its place.
Recognize when systems aren’t working. When you’ve organized a space stay aware of whether it’s working, it may need to be changed to be more effective.
Here are a few reasons why 😊
Remember organization is a process that needs to be maintained. And don’t let perfection stop you! It doesn’t have to be all Pinterest perfect, it just needs to be functional and work!
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