Busy people have a universal need to be and stay organized. With all the hats we wear in our business or job, plus all the responsibilities at home – it is increasingly more important to stay on top of everything and maximize our efficiency. Without organization, we drop balls, forget about important activities, increase our tendency to feel stressed, and ultimately rob ourselves of self-esteem and fulfillment.
As business professionals, we’re always looking for better ways to manage our time and create a more organized home and work environment for the benefit of ourselves and those around us. More often than not, it’s the internal obstacles that sabotage our success with organization, but sometimes the issue can be addressed with quick external fixes. Thankfully, everyone has the ability to learn the skill of organization.
Here are some quick tips to help you manage the internal and external war with disorganization and clutter:
1) Define your own personal definition of organization. There is not one definition of organization. If you can find things when you need them, feel happy in your space, and empowered to achieve your goals – then you are organized.
2) Get clear about your goals and priorities. If you are unclear what’s important to you, it is far too easy to fill your life with unimportant tasks and activities. Create a vision for how you want to live your life and set goals to achieve it.
3) Make sure items have a “home”. Sometimes we don’t know what to do with things and so they sit around our home or office adding to the clutter. Create a home for it, or get rid of it!
4) Make your storage convenient. If your printer is upstairs, don’t store your paper reams in the hallway downstairs. Put like items together and in the most convenient place.
6) Empower uncooperative team members and family members. Create a team atmosphere in your office or home, and make organization a TOP priority. Be the leader by empowering your TEAM to take an active role.
7) Create systems that work for you. Everyone operates differently so make sure the systems and strategies you use to stay organized fit your individual personality, needs and goals. Otherwise you will jump ship and abandon the process.
8) Ride the wave of transition. When we are in transitional periods of life, it can be more difficult to stay organized. Make sure your expectations are realistic for this season of your life.
9) Get rid of excess. Sometimes we hang on to clutter because it has sentimental memories or it protects us from facing the outside world. Identify and work through any emotional attachments to clutter or disorganization. Keep only what you need and what you have room for.
10) Let go of a fear of failure. Some people don’t begin the organization process because they’re afraid they won’t be successful. Nip those internal limiting beliefs. Organization is a skill that everyone can learn but your beliefs about your abilities will hold you back. Take baby steps and celebrate tiny successes. This will give you the momentum to keep going!
11) Address emotional issues in your life. Disorganization and clutter can often be signs that emotional clutter is present in your life. Make sure you are not using disorganization to distract you from dealing with an unhappy marriage, an unfulfilling job, or other personal struggles.
12) Slow down your life. It’s very difficult to get or stay organized if you are operating in a constant frenzied state. Eliminate some activities and create time in your life to make organization a priority.
Take Action NOW
Pick the one item from this list you most resonate with. Commit to using this tip to increase your organization, make more time for what’s important to you, and increase your joy in your personal or professional life.
About Kris Cavanaugh
Kris Cavanaugh, owner of ShiftTM, is a Speaker, Author and Coach who specializes in helping others cultivate a C.E.O. mindset in every area of their life so their businesses, careers, and personal lives thrive. She is an expert strategist with an amazing ability to pull her clients through difficult challenges to obtain the life they truly want.
If you have a desire to live your life “on purpose”, so you wake up every day excited about the possibilities and maintain an unwavering belief that you will overcome any obstacles to achieve your personal and professional goals more easily, call Kris at 404-551-3601 or go to http://begintoshift.com/pages/MakeTheSHIFT to schedule your complimentary meeting today.
Kris is author of “Stuck to C.E.O.” (available on Amazon) at http://StuckToCEO.com/.
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