The 50 benefits of organized people enjoy The 50 benefits of living your most organized life that I write about are only just the beginning! Organizing is a process of eliminating the things and the time wasters in your life. Clutter isn’t just too much stuff in your space, it’s also too much to do, and even too much to think about. The benefits of organizing result in eliminating the these things because they can cause stress and cost you your health and even your finances. Speaking as your Personal and Professional Organizer here are 5 more positive outcomes of organizing and productivity: Save time for important relationships and connections. Time saving strategies leave room in your weekly schedule for meaningful and self nurturing activities, especially your relationships at home and work. Boost your productivity in an energy efficient manner. Organizing and time management doesn’t mean working harder and longer. It means planning, streamlining, and producing excellent results by being efficient. Enhance your self esteem and sense of control. Wouldn’t you feel better by being more organized? Confidence comes from the inside out, and organizing from the outside in supports that confidence! Impact your credibility with others personally and professionally. Whether you are managing a family or an office staff, people are more inclined to respect and want to work with an organized person. Monitor spending, expenses, and income on a daily basis. One of the benefits of organizing is that you can see everything that you have, how you are spending, and then eliminate wasting money. Creating spending habits that align with your income is an empowering habit that will create a more organized life! To your success!
Organized people enjoy a multitude of benefits at home and at work As a Personal and Professional Organizer who works with now-organized people I am sharing 50 of the benefits that they describe to me. Here are 5 more benefits organized people report: Balance your workload effectively. Organized people have a cohesive view of all of their roles and responsibilities. This allows them to apportion time in a balanced manner. Manage your time realistically.Wouldn’t you benefit from having skills that enable you to estimate time realistically so that you had less stress trying to get places on time? Access important information and items when you need them. Organized filing, including an effective tickler system, helps organized people put their hands on what they need, when they need it, and minimize the need for piles. Maximize your use of space and storage without clutter. Do you know how to utilize the space that you live in so that it is functional and aesthetically pleasing? Do you have a strategy for decluttering on a regular basis? Create a safe environment for home and work. Organized people don’t have long-standing piles of magazines on the stairs, deep bins filled with miscellaneous stuff, and pantry shelves with stacks of teetering items. Less clutter means less dust, easier cleaning and maintenance…now how great is that!!
50 Benefits of Organizing Wouldn’t you love to enjoy any or all of these 50 benefits of being an organized person? Here are the first 5: 1. Focus more easily on what you are doing. How do you focus? Eliminate distractions such as media, phone, and multitasking in general. 2. Plan more effectively by having a system. Planning doesn’t take as much time as the time you waste by not planning! Spend 15 minutes at the end of every day (not before bedtime, please) reviewing what you accomplished, and what needs to get done for the next 2 days. On the weekend, spend this time making a plan for your week. 3. Track your progress on a regular basis. Write a “done” list and note everything that you get done. What are you spending too much, or too little, time doing? 4. Revise your course of action if needed in a timely fashion. Organized people are flexible. If you need to make revisions you will know sooner because you have a plan and are tracking your progress. 5. Adapt to changing circumstances more easily. Whoever said, “expect the unexpected” knew that life happens despite our plans. Organized people are willing to adapt rather than resist. Sometimes, the results are even better than you hoped for.
Organizing requires patience Most of you would like organizing to happen as quickly as possible because time and patience are not abundant, right? As a Professional and Personal Organizer in San Diego I know that people want clutter and disorganization to be gone immediately. The reality is that organizing requires not only patience, it requires regular maintenance. Organizing tips, books and magazines are very helpful. They can help you get motivated, create a step by step process for getting it done, and suggest ways to keep it organized. The 3 biggest obstacles that I observe with clients are: Feeling overwhelmed. “I don’t know where to start!” Underestimating time. “I need at least a weekend to work on that area.” No system in place. “Where do I put it?” If you are busy and have a lot of responsibility, here are some practical ways that you can be more patient with yourself and with the process of getting and staying organized. Conquer overwhelm with patience and a plan. Accept that the disorganization didn’t happen over night. Are you willing to appreciate that some organizing is better than none, even if it takes longer? Be patient. Consider taking one or all of the following steps: List your priorities with as much specificity as possible. If this is difficult to do or you’ve tried before and it didn’t work hire an Organizer to consult with you, assess the situation and help you prioritize. Break down each priority into manageable steps. Schedule adequate time for each step. Again, if this is challenging, work with a Professional Organizer to help you create an action plan. Practice patience. Implement each step of the plan and celebrate your successes no matter how small (or large). If you find that you are losing interest, motivation, or it’s just… read more →
Mindful time management and patience – practice How are mindfulness and time management related? Think about how often or when you become stressed about your time. Mindfulness embraces patience, an attitude or mindset that can be cultivated. It requires practice, at least for some of us, because we expect instant results. We are continuously bombarded with information. We expect instant solutions to problems and answers to questions. We want to get places quickly and without delay. Do you find yourself losing patience in any of these everyday situations? • When you are stuck in traffic, • waiting in line, • when you can’t get a Wi-Fi connection or • when you make a call and are on put hold? One of my tools as a Time Management Coach is to incorporate mindful attitudes in my work with clients. For instance, let’s agree that we don’t have control over time; we can’t slow it down or speed it up. However we do have a choice about how we spend our time and how we respond to situations that impact our time. Here are some ways that you might be able to cultivate the mindful attitude of patience and think about those some of those situations differently? • “This is my opportunity to practice being patient and I appreciate it.” • “I realize that getting angry and feeling stressed will not help this situation.” • “I remember to allow extra time in case these things happen.” Notice how that feels instead? Perhaps your heart rate slows down and your muscles relax. You might take notice of things around you that you don’t usually pay attention to and enjoy seeing them. What positive difference might it make in the outcome of the situation? Changing your responses or attitudes can take some time to… read more →
Time Management and Scheduling As a Time Management Coach I teach a variety of tools. The most versatile one at your disposal is scheduling. You can schedule everything from meetings to some of the to-do’s on your list. If something doesn’t have a deadline you can create one and put it in your schedule. Time management and increasing productivity isn’t about filling every waking minute with something to do. Being able to create even a small space of time to be still and to reflect is a great way to re-organize. Give yourself permission to let go of the “should” and embrace the “may” this month! Tip: Schedule unscheduled time.
Personal Organizing Tips My personal organizing tips this month will guide you towards how to organize and use your time. I want to inspire you to be more present, in the moment and less self critical. Rather than set your sights on what you think that you should do, what’s on your to-do list, summer plans, and organizing for the 2015 tax season, you can take a moment to pause. Try to breathe, and to simply notice what stillness feels like before you decide to begin anything. This is the distinction between doing and being. I like the word “may”, it is gentle and encouraging. It is different than “should”. “May” feels like it allows for possibility rather than demanding something. So often I hear someone say, “I should (fill in the blank).” Or, “You should (fill in the blank).” It’s a habit that I grew up hearing and saying and am still practicing changing it. It feels different when we tell ourselves that we may want to use an hour to clean out a file or a closet. When I look at how to manage my time to schedule things I see it as an opportunity to consider what I may be able to do. Organizing tips – questions to consider about your time management and productivity: Do I need to do it now or at another time? Would I feel better if I at least did part of this now, and the rest, at a later time? When it is actually due? Am I the only one who can do this? What would really happen if it never got done? Organizing tips – questions about decluttering and organizing space: Do I need to keep this? If so, for how long? How and where does it need to be… read more →