Get Organized Today!
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Home Improvement
We all know how much easier it is to work when we're organized, but
having the motivation to get organized is a little hard for many to
come by. This is because disorganization leads to feelings of being
overwhelmed, and when we're overwhelmed, it is hard to think clearly on
any one task let alone change the way we are used to doing things in
the name of organization. It's a vicious cycle really. If you could get
organized, the feelings of being overwhelmed would fade away and your
productivity would go up. But you cannot take the time to get organized
if you are completely overwhelmed and behind in production. Hence the
This is why many people look to professionals to help them sort out
their cluttered mess. While advisors can be a great asset to have, you
don't necessarily have to have one to get things straightened out in
your life and in your office. All you need is one day. Only one day to
get it all together and start fresh. That's not so difficult. You can
use a personal day, vacation day, or the weekend to do it. You may even
be able to talk your boss into giving you a break from your regular
duties while on the clock to get it all done.
The first thing that you need to do to get organized is to clean up
your work area. Get rid of any trash and papers that you do not need.
Then, organize the ones that you do need into a filing system that is
easy to maintain. Keep in mind that you do not have to use a
traditional filing system if it is likely that you will not stick to
it. You can create a system that makes sense to you and is easy to
Never underestimate the importance of calendars, planners, address
books, and "to do" lists. Having your workload in writing in front of
you allows you to better plan your day. It also prevents you from
taking on more work than you can handle. Start or end each day by
writing a list of the things that you need to accomplish. Put the most
important things at the top of the list along with the tasks you didn't
get finished from the previous day and work through the list as the day
goes on. This will keep you focused to the tasks that need to be
accomplished and prevent you from wasting time on unimportant tasks.
Once you have implemented a filing and scheduling system, stick to
it. Don't allow papers to pile up on your desk or post it appointments
to get stuck to your shoe. Stay organized and take a moment each day to
clean and organize your work area. Do this for a few days and you will
find that you have a lot more time to actually work instead of looking
for your work.