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"Spring" Into Action!

Formula for Getting Organized:  

Process = Progress!

Is a daily, weekly,  monthly or quarterly cleanup part of your routine? Do you spend many late nights or weekends going through a piles of paper? If you don't want to spend your valuable off-hours getting organized, here are some tips to start the process.

Begin by streamlining and simplifying. By combining the cleanup of surface clutter (instant gratification) along with the file drawers (critical long-term success) you will start to see progress.

  • Establish  criteria for throwing paper away.

    •   Do I really need this? Will I ever look at it again... Really?

    •   Can I get it from another source (Internet, library, other pack rats)?

    •   Does it really require a response?

    •   Will keeping this help me accomplish my goals or further my career? Will that help my customers/clients?

  • Schedule small blocks of time -- take one pile from your desk and go through it--then stop. Next time, clean out a portion of your file drawer.  When you're done, schedule another cleanup.

  • Commit to the process.

  • Be consistent.

If you get impatient because it's not done and it's taking longer than you wanted, remember this is a process. It took a long time for the files to bulge and paper to build up.  Remind yourself of opportunities you missed because of lost or misplaced information.  An organized office is a luxury, it's a necessity. Time lost because of clutter is costly.

Posted on March 23, 2015 and filed under Clutter, Personal Productivity.

Falling Shelf Creates Opportunity

When I was in my kitchen the other day, I heard a loud crash from upstairs. I ran to see what the noise was. To my dismay, a shelf in my office had broken and all the contents fell to the floor.  At first I was dismayed to see everything strewn about on the floor. But then I realized I had a golden opportunity to finally put this stuff where it belongs.  It has been an eyesore in my office for quite some time and this was now my moment to take it on.  I don’t have many eyesores but this one was a doozie. I gathered all of it up and carried it downstairs. I tried to keep it in one or two piles as I put it out on my kitchen island. I needed to find a place to spread things out as I picked up each item, one at a time. 

One of the best ways to go through a pile of stuff is to keep it in a pile, going through each item one at a time and have space to spread out as you sort and categorize.

 I began sorting and sorting more until I had six or seven mounds of school papers, pictures, artwork, vacation memorabilia etc.

This is an arduous task and one I personally don't care to do (or it would be done on an ongoing basis).   But now, I am making great progress.  I started putting our vacation memories and pictures in my photo books, which is actually fun.   But on the flipside, throwing things away that are unnecessary to keep is freeing.

Posted on January 24, 2011 and filed under Clutter.