Need a little organization?
… want to eliminate some confusion? … at work, home, school?
… maybe achieve more?
Confusion in your life? Mess on the desk? Feel overwhelmed?
Just seems like you can’t get anything done?
Take some quiet time; manage your space, do some planning:
- If you have an office, close the door
- A cube? Find a conference room
- If neither? Use a library or coffee shop.
Put your stuff in boxes, mentally or actually draw them, label them. Use a notebook and “Post-its”, or, laptop and e-tools to display, organize, prioritize, and manage your boxes.
Set some priorities, most important box to least important, some boxes may have to be addressed simultaneously, Some tasks on multiple days, so identify task, day(s), time and time allotted well.
Examples: Your “work” box may have 8 or 10 sub-boxes / projects; your home box maybe 5 or more, make a personal time box, maybe a “me box”. However, they are related by time — they share your time, just so many hours in a day/week/month.
There are planning tools out there on the web that can help you manage your stuff. Consider this popular matrix… it comes in many forms and is highly adaptable.
In a previous post, I noted that organization chart structures are handy organization tools… that tool might be used here and is especially handy for prioritizing things.
One of the greatest culprits of disorganization or inefficiency is a perceived lack of time. Actually, there is always time! In many cases it can be a lack of time management skills. The writer believes you don’t necessarily have to take a course / attend a seminar on the subject, although if it helps its worth the time (no pun intended). This blogger believes all you have to do is organize your stuff and follow Nike’s advice — “Just Do It”. Commit to the time to make a plan, manage your time, allot time for each box, and implement your plan, taking related actions to close out the tasks or work. Lack of or poor implementation has been known as a cause of failed plans.
Above all, one has to commit the time to make the plan!
Do not let anything short of an emergency or critical event get in your way, or disorganize your day and time. Interruptions and priorities can change your day of course, but if it happens too often, life/work/time may be managing you rather than the other way around.
For the record, a messy desk is not necessarily a sign of a disorganized owner; in some cases it might be the sign of a big-time “multi-tasker”, or, a disorganized owner.
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As the owner/operator of a sales and service company I spent years planning and following through on commitments. Failing to do so would have resulted in chaos and loss of business. Now that I have been retired for a few years I find that being organized is not high on my list of fun things to do.