The Value of Being Organized
We hear a lot about how reducing clutter, being organized, and touching things only once reduces anxiety and increases our personal and professional productivity. But how many of us don’t think we are organized? Or if we don’t think we are, how many truly want to take the time to organize ourselves and our stuff? Often people think that slowing down to get organized is a productivity killer. But how often do we waste time and effort looking for things? In reality spending time getting organized is a good investment.
You often hear if you want to get something done, ask a busy person to help you. Busy people are generally organized. Calm people and those the least stressed are those that understand the importance of organization. How many times have you wasted time looking for something, asking yourself where it is or which stack of papers is it in?
It is obvious you can tell an organized person by looking at their work area, but how about looking at their car. A clean car is another sign of an organized person.
So how do people become organized? Organization and de-cluttering experts are large business, but most of us don’t need this kind of help, we should be able to and can do this ourselves. Start by doing things once and to completion. Don’t put things off. If you need to have a difficult conversation or make a difficult phone call, just do it. Don’t allow yourself to get interrupted. Manage your email and calendar. Ask for and set deadlines. Make sure meetings have agendas and time frames. Take a lunch break to re-energize. Be on time and make sure others are too.
We all have the same allotment of time per day. Being organized will allow you to make the most of it.
I encourage you to start today. It will make a difference.