Common sense organizing tips
The beginning of a new year is often the time when people set their intention on setting goals for self improvement and making resolutions to “do better”. Do yours sound anything like these?
This year I’m going to…
- Be more organized.
- Be on time.
- Save more money.
- Get in shape.
- Lose weight.
- Eat healthy.
- Read more.
It’s great to set your intentions and make goals so that you can feel more productive and successful in all areas of your life. If you are one of those people who sets goals consider that there are 3 important factors.
Common sense organizing tip #1
First, make your goal(s) achievable. Of course you want to stretch yourself but at the same time it’s important to make it possible to actually achieve what you are setting out to do. Remember that you can always enhance the goal or add another after you achieve the first one. Achievable goals are measurable, incremental, and easy to integrate into current routines.
Common sense organizing tip #2
Second, strive for consistency. Changing or creating new behavior and habits can only succeed with practice, repetition and reward. When you focus on implementing the new behavior on a consistent basis and the reward that you get from doing so overrides the difficulty in doing it, you will succeed.
Common sense organizing tip #3
The third factor in achieving your goal is to have a system of accountability. If you are a visual learner you may benefit from using a log or checklist to monitor your progress. If you are an auditory learner, check in with an accountability coach on a regular basis. Perhaps you are a tactile-kinesthetic learner. If so, create a token system where you can drop something into a container, or tear off a tab from a master chart.
May 24, 2011What functions does your office serve? Do you greet clients? Do you have walk-ins? Is it a home office that doubles as a dining area? Is it shared space? Clarify what work happens in the office and who uses the space. Then determine what you need to make it work for you! There are some ... Read more
May 16, 2011At this point, what does Dad want or need? Perhaps the gift of time to organize? Maybe an organizing buddy or coach? Think of creative gifts for your father…if your father have a hobby, perhaps he needs an organized place for his supplies, materials and equipment. If your father is thinking about moving into a smaller ... Read more
May 13, 2011Most of us agree that reusable shopping bags are a good idea for the environment. Best way to make sure that you use them is to keep them in your car. Having them readily available, which means that they are visible so that you don’t forget to bring them into the store, is the first ... Read more
May 9, 2011Gone are the days when you just drive around aimlessly.Review your errands, meetings, etc. each day. Schedule your activities near one another so that you are conserving gas. TIP: If you are getting groceries but not going directly home simply put a cooler with ice packs in the trunk of your car. Read more
May 3, 2011What does the clutter in your home say about you? Do the things that you keep, collect and store represent your best you? See some of my favorite quotes on this website: http://www.carolroth.com/unsolicited-business-advice/?p=5087 Read more
April 29, 2011Multitasking is highly overrated. Trying to fit more into your day simply adds to your stress level and potentially lessens your productivity. Action: Spend no less than 30 minutes each week deciding what 3-5 actions will be your priorities during the coming week. Action: At the end of the week, before you schedule your new priorities, review ... Read more
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