Double Check Your Work

Re– read your emails, check your checklists, make sure you put a stamp on the envelope, mark it of your to-do list….. 

One of the reasons we are not productive and claim to not have enough time in the day is having to do the same work more than once.  Double check what you are doing to make sure you are doing it correctly.  Being in too much of a hurry or multi-tasking can make you do un-needed, extra work.  Do it right the first time and it will save you time.

File Purge Time

January starts a new year and you should think about starting a new filing system if yours isn’t working for you!  Why fight it another year?  Why struggle to find what you need for taxes in April?  Take the time now to set up a system that will work all year long.  First purge your files and only keep what you really need.  Then set up file names that make sense (remember less categories the better).  Then set up a regular filing schedule to make sure you are putting things away.  If you need help feel free to call me or check out the Freedom Filer– it has pre-printed labels that make the work easy!

Comment from a Tip of the Week reader: 

Stacey, Just wanted to let you know that I took your advise and purchased the Freedom Filer system.  WOW!  It was so worth taking the time to  reorganize.  I found missing documents and now I know where everything is.   ♦ 425-785-5239 ♦

Out with the Old….

Is there something that you continue to fight in your attempt to be organized and productive?  An old desk that doesn’t have file drawers, a box that is too small for what you are storing, a dresser that the drawers are broken, a shredder that jams every time you use it?  Why are you making things harder than they should be?  When getting organized you need all the help you can get– not added frustration and stress.  If something fights you get rid of it.  Yes there may be cost involved, but what you gain in productivity will cover the cost.  The next time you find yourself fighting something over and over take the step to replace it.  I promise you won’t regret it.   ♦ 425-785-5239 ♦

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10 Secrets to Getting and Staying Organized

10 Secrets to Getting and Staying Organized:

 1: Have a home for everything

2: Put things back– create the habit

3: Set limits– 1 in 1 out

4: Contain items

5: Small steps = large gains

6: Keep 1 small spot organized at all times

7: Do it NOW!

8: Follow through completely, every time

9: Reward yourself

10: Make adjustments as needed   ♦ 425-785-5239 ♦

#10: Make Adjustments as Needed

The key to getting and staying organized is to realize that clutter, paper, emails, laundry and the like will always be there.  Your system will often need updating and readjusting.  But if you follow the previous 9 steps you will have to less of that to do in the long run. Organizing isn’t a “once and done”   situation unfortunately.  Don’t feel unsuccessful if things aren’t working, realize instead that you need to tweak something .  If you follow the 10 Secrets, continue to adjust your system and think positive I know you can get and stay organized.  It is possible for anyone this I know for sure!

#9: Reward Yourself

This is my favorite secret to getting and staying  organized.  If you spend all day, or even 30 minutes, organizing and it is a miserable experience you won’t want to do it again.  But after your hard work, if you reward yourself, you are more likely to want to do it again.  Make organizing a positive experience!   Reward yourself with something fun– a walk, a bath, reading a book, phone call with friends, new pair of shoes, ice cream– whatever makes you happy!