Unlike a Polaroid picture, you cannot simply allow your organizational skills to develop on their own.
How would you like to become more efficient in everything you do? Never worry about how to meet a deadline again. When you have good organizational skills you will become more efficient, prepared, reliable, and punctual. You will know how to best handle your time, take care of your space, and start new projects. Organizational skills are important in life, business, work, and family. Let’s get started!
EXAMINE YOUR CURRENT SITUATION
It doesn’t matter what you are trying to organize better, you must determine what system is there already, even if it’s not a good one. How do you organize your closet, your business, or your family?
I’m leaving this open to several possibilities so you can develop organizational skills for what task in life you want to tackle. Maybe you are entering a new job and your predecessor had a system in place. You need to examine the current situation and learn the organizational system already in place. Make a list of things that have to be organized.
BEGIN WITH A PLAN
Determine what kind of thinker you are – linear or global. Global thinkers do well with abstract organization, while linear thinkers like things organized numerically or alphabetically.
Begin with categories to get your items organized. Write down how you are categorizing everything so you will remember this type of organization. If you need to include others in your organizational plan (co-workers, family members) show them your plan before you finalize it so they can have some input as well. Talking to a life coach can also really help you to get organized, as he or she will be trained in helping you find your inner organizer!
USE ORGANIZATION PRODUCTS
There are plenty of products out there that can help you get and stay organized, such as hanging file folders, labels, document boxes, shelves, and cabinets. Create a system using these organizational products and label everything so you know where everything goes and where it is at all times. If you need to digitalize your organizational system online or on your computer do so in the same fashion you have done in hard copies. This will streamline your system and help you develop those organizational skills.
Create a plan for managing the time you spend organizing your things. Start with the smallest and easiest tasks so you will feel more confident about completing everything on your plan. Handle your time wisely so you are not feeling overwhelmed with your tasks, as this can discourage you from wanting to finish organizing.
Organizing anything in your life or work can be a daunting task, but these tips will help you do so without wanting to give up. Once you have your system in place you will need to develop organizational skills that will allow you to maintain your system. Keep partnering with your life coach to help you maintain your progress and not slip back into old habits.
Having everything in order will help you feel less stressed, because you know where everything is. Being organized has shown to be a stress relief for many people, even if it’s just organizing a simple closet or wardrobe. Imagine what organizing everything in your life and work will do for you!