Professional Organizing Tips and Resources.
Have you ever heard the expression
‘Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?’
When we put things off, we are procrastinating. Maybe it’s putting off cleaning the car, organizing the closet or paying a bill or… the list goes on and on.
So how do we beat it? Here are three ideas:
1. Break big tasks down to smaller ones. If your goal is to read a long novel for example, set small goals to read chapter, by chapter. A small goal to read a couple chapters is less overwhelming than telling yourself you have to read the whole book.
2. Don’t think about it, ‘just do it!' Stop worrying, just start doing. Getting started is half the battle. Don’t wait to get inspired to start a task. Feel the fear, and do it anyway!
3. Get the help of a friend. Maybe you’ll be more motivated with a friend at your side. Like with studying, meeting with a study buddy means you are far more likely to commit to the task.
Rely on external resources and help, such as self-help books, training programs and of course professional organizers. All of these options can help you deal with procrastination. Your success and piece of mind is important, if you need help and want to see just how much fun it can be to ‘get it done’, I am here for you.
TIME SAVING TRICKS
Less stress and a smooth running day can be yours if you use your time wisely. Here are some suggestions to help you save time.
* Make lunch the night before
* Always leave your keys & wallet in the same place
* Clean your home one room a day, or every other day
* Use a calendar to keep track of date specific tasks
* Make a ‘To-Do’ list everyday
* Try running a load of laundry while making dinner
* Set your alarm 15 minutes early
* Set our clock 5 minutes ahead
* Cook large meals on weekends that carry a few days
* Lay out your clothes the night before
* Run errands on the way home from work
Other tricks to help you manage time:
* Make a checklist of tasks for each week & month that happens on a regular basis. This will save you having to write out repeating tasks on your to-do list every time.
* Observe how you spend time for a couple weeks to see where your time really goes. Make notes of when your energy levels are high and when you feel most tired.
* Use your time tracking information to plan a master schedule for each week or month. Include routine tasks and room for creative fun time too. Schedule sedentary tasks for times you know you generally have less energy.
* Review all outstanding action files, goals and ongoing projects every week. Friday afternoon can be a good time to clear your head for the weekend.
Need help organizing? Michelle serves the Carleton Place, Lanark County and Ottawa areas.