Organizing Skills

Organizing Skills – or why summer to-do lists don’t work

Time to Organize sign

Organizing Skills (freedigitalphotos.net Stuart Miles)

Organizing skills are needed to get things done. That is just a fact. So creating a long list of to-do’s that you intend to get done during the summer is not a sound strategy. In fact, it is a lot like making New Year’s resolutions. You have good intentions without having:

  • Buy-in or motivation.
  • A specific action plan.
  • Accountability.

Avoid creating a list of projects such as clean out the garage, organize my household or business budget, etc. you want to kick your organizing skills into high gear.

Organizing skill #1: Write a very specific goal with an outcome. “I will clear the clutter and contain everything I keep in the garage so that I can fit both of our cars inside.”

Organizing skill #2: Scheduling the steps in organizing on a specific day and time is like making an appointment to keep with yourself.

Organizing skill #3: Accurate time estimation is critical. Allow ample time to plan, gather resources and supplies, and then time for portions of the project. Avoid trying to do a big job all at once.

Do any of these ring true?

  • You think that you are supposed to do this.
  • You are caught in the “should” trap.
  • You don’t want to do this task.
  • You find it boring.
  • It’s just not important to you.
  • You’re not good at it.

If so, you need to apply…

Time Management Organizing Skills

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Organizing Skills & Time Management

Purge –  or delete things that you don’t need or want to do.

Postpone –  less urgent tasks to focus on more time sensitive, important ones.

Pass It On –  aka Delegate. If you don’t want to do it and someone else can, pay them, hire someone, or trade for something you would rather do.

Portion It – or Diminish the task. Paralysis and overwhelm become a problem when a large task is overwhelming and you think that you won’t have enough time to get it done. This kind of thinking keeps people from getting started. Break a bigger task into smaller ones; it really works.

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