Getting organized is just one of those things which is much easier said than done. Sit down with a piece of paper and list all of the time wasted on organizational issues. Maybe you spend 20 minutes a week searching for the remote. That’s 1,040 minutes or 17.3 hours! Continue this same pattern for 10 years and you have just wasted away over 7 days of your life searching for your remote. Imagine all of the other productive and useful things you could be doing with seven days of your life!
How to get organized and stay that way…
Develop A Plan
Stop and think about how much better your life could be with some organization. Getting organized isn’t something that you pick up overnight. It takes work, effort and a serious game plan. First, start by creating lists of the things which you waste time on from your lack of organization. Things like, searching for a writing utensil, laundry or even your textbooks. Next, brainstorm ways you prevent these occurrences from happening. By developing your organization plan in writing, you will have something to look back on and reference as you work on refining your organizational skills.
Use Wasted Time
From the organization plan, you’ll discover areas in which you can save time. Take it one step further and look at ways to reduce even the most minimal amounts of wasted time. For example, you use a stapler and envelopes every time you sit at your desk. Would you place the stapler and envelopes in another room? Hopefully not! Creating organization is not just about straightening out your workspace or house, it’s about placing items of similar uses and categories in close proximities from the places they will be used the most, just as having a file cabinet of mix-matched papers won’t help you find what you are looking for, but organizing those papers in the file folders, changes a once complicated task into an easy one.
Create A To-Do List
The to-do list is one of those tried-and-true techniques of organization and for good reason. It just isn’t always possible for a person to remember every last task which needs to be completed. To-do lists come in all forms, from paper to dry erase boards to calendars and apps. No matter what form you choose, select something that is easy to use, can be looked at quickly and allows you to cross off the items you have completed. While you’re at it, keep track of the number of task you have completed. Create a list of goals and reward yourself as you complete each milestone.
Complete Two Easy Tasks
As you work on creating your to-do list, add small easy tasks to your list, such as organizing a desk drawer. Pick two of those easy tasks on the your list for the day. Though small, these little task add up into big accomplishments. In the example above, you can break down a larger task, like organizing your entire desk, into smaller tasks, such as cleaning out a desk drawer.
Cut Down On The Clutter
In the very beginning of this post, you caught just a small glimpse of the amount of time wasted on disorganization. In a cluttered space, the remote has no hard time becoming hidden in between stacks of paper, blankets and fast food bags. Remove the clutter and presto, there’s your hidden remote along with the CD you bought last year and three packs of gum. Think of your trash can or donation pile as a new friend and use often. This goes for paper clutter as well. Paper clutter can be just as overwhelming as material clutter. Grab a shredder and discard all of the papers you don’t need.