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Organizing Tips

Organization, seems like a pretty basic concept but for some it doesn’t come that easy. You always catch yourself saying I will get to it tomorrow, or “I’ll wear it someday, lets keep it!” Then before you know it stuff begins to pile up and pile up and next you’re looking at a room or a garage that has no floor. Here are some organizing ideas that can help you begin thinking about ways to make your life easier and more organized for you and those around you.

1. Determine your goals. Before you start anything, determine its goal. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever get there? Set mini-goals and reward yourself for successes. Use goals to help you set deadlines and stay organized. 

2. Declutter your desk. A clutter-free desk erases unnecessary distractions and helps keep your mind on tasks that need immediate attention. Keep only the items on your desk that relate to your current projects.

3. Don’t rely on your memory. You run the risk of letting things fall through the cracks. The best way to never forget an appointment, a deadline, an event or a detail again, is to write everything down. Keep a note pad, or a folder with all your lists so you have something to reference when you can’t remember.

4. Consolidate similar activities. Instead of starting and stopping at different levels of activity, you’ll save time by making all of your outgoing telephone calls together, taking care of all your errands at once, etc.

5. Clean out your files. Before you go through the expense of purchasing more file cabinets, folders, etc., take the time to purge all unnecessary paperwork and materials. Make sure to shred any personal information, the last thing your going to want is someone getting a hold of your personal information.

6. Use one calendar. The biggest mistake people make when using planning calendars is to have one for personal, another for the office, and yet another for the family. Keep personal, professional and family items on one calendar. It will help to eliminate scheduling conflicts. Remember, “The man who wears two watches, never knows the correct time.”

7. Reduce telephone tag. Plan telephone calls (whether to doctors, plumbers, clients, etc.) whenever possible. Have all necessary materials in front of you. Write key questions down in advance.

8. Set up files for projects. Don’t waste time searching for papers. Keep all paperwork that pertains to a certain project together in one large folder. Get creative with this sometimes color coordinating can make things more organized and faster when searching for that particular folder.

9. Make phone calls more productive. Say, “I’ve got only 5 minutes to talk.” Outline your calls, Say, ‘I’d like to discuss these 2 possible solutions to problem A ….”

10. Make appointments for YOU. Make at least one screened appointment with yourself each day. Screened time is quiet, uninterrupted time allowing you to concentrate on a project or catch up on your reading.

Let PODS help you we can store your belongings right at your home or at one of our secure warehouses, use it for as short or as long as you need. We allow you to pack at your own pace. PODS is the Best Moving and Storage Idea Ever. For more information contact your local PODS at www.pods.com

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October 7, 2010 - Posted by | Tips | , , , , ,

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