6 Secrets of Really Organized People
By Sandy Schroeder
You may secretly envy people you know who always know where everything is, and always get things done. They make it look so easy.
Actually, it may be easier than you think. The Washington Post recently spotlighted what it takes with these six steps.
Stick with the Basics – Many times I have gotten lost in an organization project by simply over-thinking it. If you start color-coding files, and endlessly categorizing items, you probably won’t stick with the project. Think about the end goal, and use brightly colored bins, files or cabinets to quickly sort and save.
Let Routines Do the Work – Paying bills on Friday, updating your calendar daily, and sorting mail after dinner could keep most of what you need to do moving along at an efficient clip. Anchor points for the regular tasks help to keep everything up-to-date without major pushes. Pick the points that seem natural for you.
Set Up Designation Spots – When the keys always go in the basket by your bed, and the mail always goes into the glass bowl by the door, it is a lot more likely that you will be able to find both when you need them. If you have ever lived with someone who never puts things in the same place twice, you know what the meaning of chaos can be. Agonized cries can often be heard when time is running short and the keys are nowhere to be found! Random piles of mail can create the same chaos when a bill goes unpaid or an invitation is lost.
Keep Regular, Specific Lists – Yes, it would be more fun to not do lists, but the results are just too painful. Missing appointments or meetings, and trying to keep everything you need to do in your head, can be more pain than you need. Use whatever means works for you to create the list to move ahead faster.
Toss and Sort As You Go – Take 10 minutes every evening to toss or store items at work and at home. Don’t wait for piles of paper, books and magazines to grow, making the task more difficult and less likely to be sorted.
Don’t Lose Sight of the Goal – If you try these approaches, don’t get too hung up trying to make them perfect. The secret to really enjoying life may be learning how to let our systems work for us. If we keep them moving ahead, and mostly on target, we may wind up organized, productive, and a whole lot less stressed.
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