#8: Follow Through Completely

How many times have you gotten to the end of a    project or task and not completed it all the way?  Often times we get close to done and then stop, but we don’t seem to finish all the way.  Make it your goal this week to finish everything completely!  It is the little bits and pieces of projects just hanging out that tend to add the most stress to our organizing.  Don’t start   anything new until you have finished the current task completely.  Even if it means waiting to hear back from someone, running to the store or putting in the extra time.  You will feel so much better when you know the task is done all the way!

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#7: Do it NOW!

Later never comes.  We put off even the smallest of tasks for “later” and then it becomes a daunting duty.  Simply tackling the task right away makes it much easier in the long run.  Put that item away, read and respond to that email, make a decision now rather than later.  What are you waiting for?  Do it NOW! 

**    I personally think this is the KEY to getting

and staying organized

#6: Keep 1 Small Spot Organized- Always

Find a spot in your home or office and organize it.  Now make it your life’s mission to keep that one small spot clean and organized at all times.  Don’t worry about anywhere else, just that one spot.  You know what happens?  You gain confidence and feel successful and that makes you want to organize another area.  Remember our last tip: small steps equal large gains.  Don’t feel you have to keep an entire area organized> too much pressure.  Just work on that one spot until you have the skills, the time and the success.  Then move to another spot when you know you can maintain.  And as your organizing remember the other tips—having a home, creating the habit, set limits, contain items, etc.  You can do it I know you can, just focus on that one small spot~

#5: Small Steps = Large Gains

“Today I am going to organized the garage”- what a huge undertaking that will be!  Rather than looking at the entire area or project as a whole, break it up into smaller sections.  Time yourself for 30 minutes– when you are done: stop.  Or pick just one drawer or one box to go through– then stop.  Many of us feel if we don’t complete the entire project we have failed> set yourself up for success by scheduling time each day/week to do part of the project.  As you complete the sections you will feel success and want to keep going. There is no organizing rule that says you have to do everything in one day.  Smaller, more manageable   sections will be easier to commit to and easier to finish.  

What small area will you work on today?