Organizing follow through
Organizing follow through is often challenging for people. What keeps you from organizing your to do’s and then following through? You want to get things done and yet the list of to do’s seems never ending! As a Professional Organizer I don’t ise a one size fits all approach because each client is different. You are probably familiar with the basic principles for successfully organizing. They are purging, sorting like items, and containing and creating a place for everything.
Organizing follow through begins with clarifying each client’s unique goals and priorities. It is very helpful to be a former teacher and have the knowledge and experience that every student learns through different modalities. Some learners are stronger auditory learners (hear information and instructions) and others acquire and remember information better when they receive it visually. This relates well to my organizing and time management clients and so it is my job to identify the best ways to help each individual set up systems for organizing.
It is equally important to acknowledge that everyone learns at a different pace. Learning the new habits for organizing is just the first step. The critical step is to remember to use the steps and maintain these new habits over time until they become more natural and routine. Some people learn more quickly than others and others get stuck in old habits without the benefit of having an accountability partner who is there to help them maintain the systems.
Follow through is often the most challenging aspect of organizing and time management. Having a to do’s written down can be a good visual but unless each action item is scheduled to be done on a specific day and time they are unlikely to get done. Even with these kinds of systems some clients struggle with follow through and admit that unless someone is there to “make them” do it, they will not follow through. When this is the case I act as a “body double” and help the person to prioritize each task, estimate how long it will take to do it, and then begin to do each one, one at a time. I will sit with them and have them make the call they’ve been procrastinating about, or send the email, fill out the form, etc. It may sound silly for an adult to need that kind of support but in fact it helps the person to stop feeling overwhelmed and begin to accomplish their to do’s.
October 8, 2011Men and women need to take stock of how their wardrobe is working for them. Here are some of the reasons and benefits for why clients want to organize their wardrobes: “I have nothing to wear.” It’s unlikely that you have nothing to wear but one of the benefits of organizing is to find items you ... Read more
October 8, 2011Outside In Organizer & Makeovers suggest these initial steps for successful organizing: Step One: Identify your goal(s)…why do you want to organize your wardrobe? Step Two: What and who will you need to get this done in the most efficient manner? Step Three: Schedule adequate and uninterrupted time so that you can focus and enjoy the process. Read more
October 5, 2011At Outside In Organizer I’ve talked about how organizing is a process. That means that it is dynamic and ongoing, not something that you do and then you’re done. One of the many benefits of organizing is that you can apply new ideas and make changes rather than get stuck in a system of doing things ... Read more
October 4, 2011Outside In Organizer takes the approach that getting things in order makes one feel calmer and more focused internally. Preparing for an emergency or disaster is not fail-proof but there are logical precautions that just make sense. Wouldn’t you feel better if you and your family took those precautions? For instance, make sure that if you ... Read more
October 3, 2011One of the most rewarding aspects of organizing is letting go of items you no longer need, that might be useful to others. As part of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) in San Diego I am collecting shoes for a nonprofit, Soles4Souls. Help us collect new and used shoes during our Shoe Drive on ... Read more
October 2, 2011Things to think about BEFORE an emergency: 1. DOCUMENTS, RECORDS: Do you safely store important documents? What about important phone numbers, account numbers, passwords, medical records and so on? Do you have a current household inventory with accompanying receipts? 2. SAFETY MEASURES: Do you have a supply of flashlights, fresh batteries, candles, lighters, bottled water, foods that ... Read more
September 20, 2011Do you have photos or momentos that you keep stored in the house or garage? If they mean something to you and when you look at them, they make you feel happy, then by all means get them out of hiding. I love these easy gift ideas that help my clients feel more organized. Check out these clean, simple and ... Read more
September 17, 2011Many of my clients have an abundant supply of gift wrapping supplies. Recently I worked with a wonderful client to create a gift wrapping station. She has a terrific table with a wide space for not only gift wrapping, but also craft-making. We gathered all of her supplies then: Purged the worn tissue paper, wraps, and ... Read more
September 16, 2011It’s gratifying to see people embrace ideas and strategies that you share with them. I had an opportunity to talk with the San Diego Society of Women Engineers recently. Check out my friend Louise Julig’s blog on http://www.thoughtshappen.net/2011/09/how-do-you-really-spend-your-time-only-one-way-to-find-out.html All of us, including myself can benefit from doing a weekly time audit. Discover how you really are or are not ... Read more
September 12, 2011I always think that everyone can benefit from a little bit of organizing! There are some great gifts that you can give to others and thus, share those benefits. Travel organizers for out of town visitors are fun. There are great items that make packing much easier like zip up mesh bags that h0ld like ... Read more