How To Get Organized
You've found the right web page if any of the following applies to you:
- It frequently takes you more than 20 seconds to find something you're looking for and/or you get frustrated or angry when you can't find it
- You file by 'piles'
- You're always losing your keys (or anything else)
- Any of the following are disorganized or ineffective:
- filing system
- You're 'to do list ' is non-existent or hasn't worked for you in the past
- You're ready to finally de-junk and declutter your life and get organized
In this "How To Get Organized" section of the site we cover everything from de-cluttering your workspace and home to creating systems to free your mind from having to remember where everything is, who to meet when, and much more.
If it ever seems overwhelming, remember to have patience grasshopper! Rome wasn't built in a day. If your office is a disaster, begin with one corner of your desk and expand from there. You can do this! Getting organized is a learnable skill, just like time management or any other skill.
Some people think that people who are totally organized are extremely left-brained and/or anal -ytical. Although it's true that some people are that way, humans are far too complex to generalize or stereotype. In addition, my research indicates the opposite to be true.
The goal of time management and organizational skills is not to spend the majority of your time 'doing time management and getting organized.' Its purpose is to give you the freedom of time lost from being disorganized. so that you can spend the majority of your life doing what you love doing, whatever that is for you. That's why you want to get organized.
When done effectively, it also frees up your limited psychic RAM so you can be present and 'show up' for life.
Think about it. When you don't have systems in place to keep everything organized for you, you have to devote some of your short-term memory to remembering where you put things last or where they're stored, who you have to meet on which day(s), etc. etc. Way too much wasted energy. Get organized.
You need your energy for living in the present moment, not remembering all of the stuff you have to do or where everything is at any given moment. Get organized.
Think of organizational skills as an employee you've hired on the cheap that keeps everything in your life organized. Yes, you'll have to spend some time initially to set everything up and retrain yourself. You will most likely have to exchange some self-defeating habits for some self-empowering habits. But it will pay you dividends for the rest of your life, as long as you get organized and keep it up.
And the 'keeping it up' part doesn't take much time. Maybe two hours a week, once everything is set up and you're familiar with the system/strategies. Isn't (up to) two hours a week a much lower price to pay than the pain and frustration of being disorganized?
If not, keep doing what you've been doing. If what you're doing now is working and you're reasonably happy, why change?
However, if you want to free up your psychic RAM to be more fully present (living in the NOW, not upset about the past or anxious about the future), reduce your stress levels and be happier on a more consistent basis, then you might want to decide now to become highly proficient at these organizational skills.
When you apply the time management tips on this web site and the organizational skills outlined in this section to finally get organized, you will be well on your way to time management and organizational skills mastery.
There is no 'final destination' to organizing. It's an
ongoing process, like bathing or brushing your teeth. You don't bathe or brush your teeth once and then you're done forever. At least I hope you don't! If you were done forever you probably wouldn't have many friends!
Yes, it takes work to create and maintain organizational systems to get and stay organized. But when you accept this as a fact of life it gets much easier.
Check out the insightful time management chart. It gives you a road map that shows you how to handle/process the 'fire hose of life' so you'll know what to do with everything that comes into your life.
If you need help overcoming procrastination. head over to the How To Overcome Procrastination NOW page. I can't motivate you. No one can. You have to motivate yourself. On that page I show you how to use the pain of not getting organized and the rewards of getting organized to help you motivate yourself to continue on your journey to organizational skills mastery.
I've heard it said before that there are only two pains in life. One is the pain of discipline and the other is the pain of regret. The pain of discipline is much more rewarding and a lot less painful then the pain of regret. The choice is always yours. You're choosing one or the other right now — and always.
Just click on the in-line links above (throughout the text) or the summarized links below and go for it!
I wish you success and happiness in all that you do.
Enjoy the process!
Time Management and Happiness Expert
De-Junk and Declutter Your Life
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6 Steps To Setting Up A Filing System That Works Learn about the options and how to select the one that's right for you.
How To Set Up A Tickler File System
Time Management Chart How to handle the fire hose of life. A helpful chart that walks you through what to do with everything that comes into your life.
Tips for an Organized Home
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Definition of Time Management
Time Management Tips
Time Management Articles
Time Management Quotes
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"Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness."
— Jean De La Bruyere