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.
April 26, 2011How many times do you find that you move just one piece of paper before you act on it? Do you leave it unopened? Open it then glance at it? Read it and then mark it as unread? Move it to a pile of other items or file it in “to be done”? This pattern ... Read more
April 23, 2011There are obvious benefits of organizing…less stuff means less dust collected which means improved breathing conditions. Putting things in their place means less piles, increased safety conditions, and less time wasted looking for things. The list of benefits is almost endless but here are some of my favorites: 1. Identifying things for donations enables individuals and ... Read more
April 21, 2011Spring cleaning…closet organizing…wardrobe makeover. Organizing is a process, you don’t do it once and it’s done, right? I love to help people shop in their own closets, mix and match what they already own, and update their wardrobe with new pieces or accessories. You don’t need to get rid of everything. Start by taking EVERYTHING ... Read more
April 18, 2011A majority of my clients tend to keep a LOT of bags and boxes. This is not just an issue of quantity, it also includes the variety of sizes and types of both. I suggest beginning with the basic question of: : “How much is too much?” The reasons that people keep the bags and ... Read more
April 14, 2011You will be less stressed if you are able to find things easily in your closets. That means, using a system that works for you and your lifestyle. Some people like to group their clothing by color. Other ways to organize would be according to type of function: casual, work & professional, dressy & formal ... Read more
April 12, 2011Outside In Organizer Professional Organizing and Makeover offers wardrobe makeovers. When organizing your closet it is a perfect opportunity to sort out things that could still be worn, but updated through alterations, accessorizing, and pairing different items together. It’s like shopping in your own closet! Read more
April 11, 2011STEP ONE: Use coupons as often as possible. They are great for more than just groceries and household supplies. You can use them to save money for going out to eat, admission to cultural events and entertainment, the car wash, and more. COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING: I will not pay full price for anything for ... Read more
March 22, 2011What better way to approach spring cleaning than to begin organizing? Here are some basic steps: 1. Schedule a specific date and block of time to do organize each week for the next 4 weeks. 2. Begin with the area that is YOUR priority and start the sorting process: discard, recycle, donate, sell, or keep. 3. Remove items ... Read more
February 24, 2011Look around at your living and work environment. Something bugging you about it? Too many items on your bathroom counter top? Drawers crammed with so much that you don’t know what you have or need? TIP: Utilize the inside your your medicine cabinet door. Find a couple of useful magnetic holders for cotton swabs, makeup ... Read more
February 23, 2011Organizing is like cooking in several ways! First, you begin by decluttering (why organize things that you need to get rid of?). It’s easier to create something wonderful, nutritious and beautifully presented if you start with a clean kitchen. Next, you need a plan (like a recipe). Make sure that you check to see if ... Read more