Plan To Get Organized!

Plan To Get Organized!

Getting organized does not mean that everything else in your life has to come to a screeching halt.  Your life does not go “on hold” while you work at getting better organized and using your time efficiently.Woman and Laundry Basket

Yes, you do have the ability to decide what is important and how much time you need/want to spend on a project.  I am not a big fan of multitasking as, much of the time, more gets done but not as well as it could be done or worse scenario…projects are started and nothing is completed.

Having a plan is the secret and we all make plans to get things done.  However, the problem lies in the follow through.  You must work the plan.  It looks good on paper, but the question is…when, how and where are you going to work on this goal on your list? Making a list does not get things done.  It looks good and feels good, but you still need to work the list!

Here are a few examples of working your plan to get better organized.  Decide what you need and want to accomplish each day and plan how it will play out. Something here may spark a realistic success plan for you as you decide what you want to do and when you will do it.  Mark your calendar as an appointment with yourself to do it.

Here are a few techniques to consider:

  1. When the washer  loads are sorted into plastic baskets (one for each load) you can drop in a load and walk away to sort the mail or tidy up a cabinet or drawer in the laundry room.  Or if the washer is near the kitchen you can clear a drawer or cabinet there also.  When the washer stops, merely drop the washed load into the dryer, add the next basket/load and on you go.  You can also make phone calls while you are doing laundry. Or sort and purge the pile of mail. Why not do the laundry while you are cooking dinner?  That is to say if the laundry room is close at hand.  Your laundry equipment is in the garage?  No problem.  Set the timer, in the kitchen, for when you think they will be done and continue doing something else…even watching TV or answering emails.
  2. Keep a running grocery shopping list taped inside a cupboard door.  When you need something just add it to the list. Teach the family members to do the same.  Run out of cereal?  Add it to the list.   Do NOT lay the list on the kitchen counter.  Bad move….as “stuff” will cause you to lose it in the piles of mail, homework, phone messages, etc.  Then when grocery day approaches, simply retrieve the list, make a quick tour of the necessary areas (cupboards, refrigerator, etc.) and off to the market you go.
  3. Want to clean out a closet?  Decide when you will do this and work it into your schedule.  If you are serious about this, you will MAKE the time for it.  Divide it into increments so an entire day is not consumed with the closet…especially when you are a busy Mom or Dad.  Drop the kids off at school and plan to spend one or two hours clearing out and organizing the closet.  Working Mom or Dad?  Then plan to spend two hours on a Saturday to work on this.
Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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