Boy have I had to learn this lesson the hard way! When I worked at my former employer I was one hot mess at work. This was a sign of a much larger underlying issue of being unchallenged and unmotivated.
When I left to start my own business I certainly did not want to carry over bad habits of my life in a cubicle to my at-home office.
So I decided I must change!
I’ve learned it is imperative to slink out of bed early (in the 5 am range), get in some exercise, shower and dress before my gaggle of duties demand my attention.
Being organized professionally is as much about time management as it is keeping your workspace neat and tidy.
Mary Kay Ash the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics has some great advice on the topic.
Check out more on “The Six Most Important Tasks” and the story of Ivy Lee and Charles Schwab.
It is true that being organized is directly linked to being more successful. Here are some tips on effectively managing your time and space:
- Plan your day by writing it down. Whether you try Ivy Lee and Mary Kay Ash’s suggestion of writing down six tasks the night before or another technique writing down your plan for the day is an important step to keeping you on track to meet your goals.
- Avoid time wasters. Social media sites, television, the flipping-flapping-grouchy bird game on your phone, text messages that CAN wait, and any other task that can honestly be deemed unnecessary and/or unimportant.
- Keep your work space tidy. Keeping your work area clean helps prevent spending extra time searching for items needed for your work. Keep pens, calculator, printer paper, extra toner, a calendar, and a notepad at hand and refill items when they are low.
- Dress for success! Whether you work from home or in an office environment dress appropriately. I truly believe how you are dressed will affect your work performance. I have had this debate with friends and I just do not agree that you can perform at your peak in comfy sweats with no bra on. I just don’t.
- Set goals, discover your vision, and do the things that motivational guru’s advise. There is a reason these incredibly successful people make millions selling books, podcasts, DVD’s, and people pay big money to see them speak. Their advice works when you put it into use. There is a plethora of advice out there for you to match your interest. Pick up a few books or download a few podcast’s to find your favorite.
- Your actions speak louder than your words. And that’s all I got to say about that.
Enjoy Life Organized Friends!
Ah thank you for those who inquired about my brief absence. I’ve had a few things converge such as a mini-explosion in my business (very grateful!) although it meant working outside my home 5-6 days a week….then attending a week long personal development seminar (it was PSI Basic for my fellow personal development geeks out there)….and as we speak there are brilliant minds working heartily on making my website and blog into one. I’ve taken a step back to let them do their magic. I’m getting back in the saddle and re-committed to blogging which I’ve missed tremendously! Thank you for your understanding and I’ll be back in a wink!
Image Posted on
An apple a day…….you know the old adage.
How about a healthy routine a day? Don’t think there’s a correlation between being organized and your health?
Let me try and convince you:
-You’re more likely to eat healthier with planned menus and a grocery list.
-Your daily routine is likely to include time for exercise.
-Less stress away from the mess will keep bickering at bay.
-With a little more order in your life you’ll have more “moments for me” time.
-Organization can help keep you on track with important routines such as staying on top of your medical appointments, dental exams, and if you take daily medication.
-With all this new found free time, I have a feeling you’ll fill it with family, friends, and laughter which is food for the soul!!
Enjoy Life Organized!
Yes truly you will have more time! Trust me on this.
Here are a few tips to squeeze every drop out of your day:
- Get an early start- Don’t let that snooze button get the best part of your day. Google “traits of successful people” and one of the common threads is they get an early start on their day. Those few extra minutes in the morning will eliminate the need to rush around later, which has a negative domino effect on the rest of your day.
- Plan your day- I heard once if you spend a few minutes in the morning writing down a plan for your day, you save hours of time that would have been otherwise wasted.
- Everything in its place and a place for everything-If you place your keys in the same spot every time you walk in the door, you quite possibly have saved 20 frantic minutes of searching for them when you leave in the morning. Can I hear an AMEN?!
- Group items according to use- Create a homework zone for kids including pens, pencils, stapler, glue, and any other items they’re going to spend precious minutes searching for instead of doing their homework. Create other zones such as a caddy to keep all cleaning supplies so you can quickly carry it from room to room, a lunch box zone in your fridge and pantry so kids can pack their own lunches with parent approved food choices, and a bill paying zone to keep your budget organized.
- Use the timer method- Set your phone timer (or an egg timer you oldie but goodies) to a SMALL increment of time. 5, 10, 15, and no more than 20 minutes and GO! Clean, organize, shred, scrub, dust, vacuum, mop, then STOP when the timer dings! Move on to your next task.
If you have time to keep up with Kim, Chloe, and the other one……then my friend you have time to get ORGANIZED!
Enjoy Life Organized.
Keep the questions coming!
Image Posted on Updated on
In conjunction with Moments That Matter Monday, reason # 8 Less Stress in your home and life WILL allow for more moments that matter.
Got it? Good.
Imagine walking into your home and feeling a sense of relief. Your oasis in this noisy world.
Well good news…..YOU have control over this.
Ask for help if needed and Enjoy Life Organized.
Image Posted on
Okay…..well maybe not always…..
My point is that when and if that unexpected visitor pops their head in you don’t have to use a plethora of excuses, “The kids have been sick and home all day. Looks like their feeling better now…..” “Yes! Tornados have been known to touch down and strike one house and leave the rest of the neighborhood untouched….my lucky day!”
Or you can just do that awkward head-only-out-the-door conversation with many awkward pauses as the person on the outside waits patiently for an invite inside.
So making sure every item has a place in your home and taking literally minutes a day to maintain your space will alleviate unnecessary embarrassment AND you will never hear from your family, “How come we have to clean so much before we have company over?”
Here are a few of my favorite routines:
- DAILY TASKS- Make your bed every single day. Clean your kitchen before you go to bed at night and do one load of laundry a day.
- FAMILY LANDING ZONE- Designate one space where everyone can drop their stuff when walking in the door and before the days end make sure that area is cleaned. Backpacks ready for the morning, paperwork signed, keys placed in their proper spot, and shoes in closets.
- TIMER METHOD- Utilize this method by giving yourself a small increment to tackle clutter. 5-20 minutes works best. Create KEEP/TRASH/DONATE/SELL/SHRED and place items in one category. When timer “dings!” stop and put all keep items in their homes, throw out trash, place donate items in your car to drop off, snap those photos of the sell and post, and shred the rest.
Follow these tried and true tips and next time unexpected company comes over you won’t be in fear of them opening ”that door” down the hall.
Better yet you and your family will always feel welcome in your own home.
Enjoy Life Organized Friends!
Call, text, email, Facebook me for organizing help near or far!
Image Posted on Updated on
For the next ten days I am going to share a benefit once a day that will inspire you to get and live organized.
REASON #10: YOU WILL SAVE MONEY
How many times have you purchased something that you could swear you just bought but can’t find? Well reason numero uno on how getting and staying organized will save you money!
Getting organized prevents you from making unnecessary purchases. I make sure every item in my home has a place so I am not running to the post office to buy more stamps or purchasing more dishwasher detergent because I have no idea where the new box was placed.
For most items such as cleaners, milk, printer ink cartridges I keep two on hand.
When one gets used up, I know it’s time to purchase a new one and place it behind the older item. That way I never run out and avoid last minute late night runs paying double the price at a convenient store. (They’re called convenient for a reason, right?)
Also, I am a sucker for organizing products but have found that repurposing items in my home is a less expensive option and eases the strain on my pocketbook. (Do people still say pocketbook? It seemed appropriate in that sentence…. I digress.)
For some people who could be described as shop-aholics (not all….I know several very organized master shoppers), shopping may be a way of avoiding the mess at home. Hitting the mall instead of hitting your master bedroom closet may be masking a bigger issue. For those who may have this issue I PROMISE you the time and effort you spend getting organized will bring you more joy than that new sweater from The Gap will ever provide!
That my friends is the first of ten benefits of getting organized! Stay tuned for my other nine reasons.
Enjoy Life Organized!
Remember I’m available for organizing help near or far!