Some people can function in a cluttered environment – more power to you, but I just can’t do it! If you’re like me, whether it’s at the office or at home, you need to keep things organized or else you become distracted and counterproductive.
Lack of organization can lead to a “scatter-brained” mentality and create an environment where it’s very hard for you to hone in on what you need to do. Are you tripping over things at home? Do you find yourself with piles of papers on your desk, causing you to lose important documents or miss deadlines?
Keeping a clean space can help you keep a clear mind. Here are a few scenarios and solutions that give you an idea of how to take control, increasing your focus and productivity:
℘ If you walk into your office and there are papers all over your desk, you feel a mess. It’s an instant reminder that you have a ton of work to do or that you’re behind on things.
Take Action: Sort your papers and place them into priority piles. Then, handle the high priority pile first – putting the others aside in their separate folders until it’s time to deal with them. This will help you focus on one thing at a time, efficiently and effectively.
℘ Does your bedroom resemble the after effects of a tornado? Before work, you’ve stubbed your toe 3 times and spent 20 minutes trying to find your shoes or earrings. The morning begins with frustration and that’s not cool.
Take Action: Give your bedroom a huge spring cleaning! Hang up your clothes, sort your jewelry, organize your ties, and make your bedroom a place where you can get ready for the day without unnecessary stress.
℘ When is the last time you’ve cleaned out your email or sort through your mail at home?
Take Action: Ask yourself if you should “Keep It or Kiss It Goodbye?” It’s so easy for us to let our inbox fill up. If it’s an email that you won’t need to refer back to, the “Delete” button takes two seconds to hit – kiss it goodbye! If you’re not sure if you’ll need a certain email, such as payment receipts or something business related, keep it! However, start creating inbox folders so you remain organized and can easily access that email if needed.
The same goes for your paper mail at home. Most things are going paperless nowadays, but if you still get things physically mailed to you, keep the important documents in a plastic file folder. If you don’t need that “You’ve been pre-approved!” spam mail… kiss it goodbye!
Remember : 1.) Priority Piles and 2.) “Keep It or Kiss It Goodbye?”
Cheers to a better, more productive you!