Thursday, March 1, 2007

Tips on Becoming Organized (Part 1)

These tips are based on reading a book entitled “It’s hard to make a difference when you can’t find your keys”.

The following tips are not a magical solution to the paper clutter in your office or the piles of clothes in your bedroom… Organizing your life is something to work at… it requires discipline and below are tips that may prove to be of great value…

1) WHY?
Find out why you want to be organized, its very important to know the benefits you’ll reap from organizing your desk, car, home, … It’s a new form of discipline that requires a high level of motivation. Are you wasting too much time looking for things at work or at home? Do you end up with a red face when you’re asked urgently for that piece of paper, how many appointments are you missing because you can’t find your keys, your mobile, or that nice looking black sweater… List your reasons and place the list someplace visible to keep you motivated.

2) Envision
When you are clear about WHY? Start visualizing J what the hell are we talking about?! let me explain, visualizing your organized life might include seeing your desk in the back of your mind clear and tidy, you can see yourself finding everything easily and quickly, visualize the activities you can enjoy with the extra time you free up when you’re organized, visualize your home all tidy and clean, no more shirts lying around here and there, no more piles of dirty plates covering the kitchen sink…
It might sound too dramatic but it helps you identify what you want, can help you relate it in memory at a more powerful level, it provides you with a motive and most importantly if you can envision something, then its not impossible anymore…

3) Observe!
Where is all this mess coming from? To answer this you must observe yourself as if you’re watching a movie, you will be amazed at what some people found out. Who would have thought your mess might be caused by things such as, not saying no to people, maybe not checking your planner before giving appointments, return that piece of paper to the file don’t keep it there cause you might need it in an hour or too... Etc.

4) Support
Did you ever talk about this with a friend at work? For the first instance it might not seem like a good idea but you’ll be amazed how many people suffer from the same thing before they reach a level of organization and their experiences will most likely be close to your one if you share the same work environment. Family and friends can also be a great source of help in your mission.

5) Organizing Wisdom
Lets face it, its quite simple, first you’re ready then you take action and ACTION CREATES A MESS! To proceed with further actions efficiently you have to go back to the ready stage. Roll up your sleeves; it’s time to get ready.

6) Getting ready
So much backlog to handle, from mail and invoices to old clothes eating your space you need to spend at least one to four hours a week (Max.) on getting through the back log. Focus on one area at a time, your desk, your car or one closet at a time don’s say I’m going to through everything away this weekend but focus at one small area and remember slow and steady wins the race.

7) Be realistic with time
You wake up in the morning at 7:45, have to be at work at 8:00 have Two meetings back to back and a deadline to meet, a couple of urgent emails regarding a quotation that should be delivered by the end of the day. Plus a few calls to return. I got hectic just writing it down…etc. The point is; be more realistic with your schedules and have a look at them before you hit your office in the morning.

8) Helpful habits
· Put keys, glasses, hats, gloves in the same place every day.
· Clear off floors and counter tops at the end of the day (or week).
· Put things back immediately after you use them.
· Put your toothbrush on the holder rather on the sink.
· Bring everything in from the car when you get home (Everything).
· Empty your handbag or briefcase of the excess at the end of each week.

Don’t do all the above at once, establish regular habits two at a time and remember although they seem small tasks but they can be really hard. Stick to it, again and again, although seemingly trivial habits but they will make your life a lot less hectic. Over time it will become an easy part of your life.

9) Building systems
The most important thing is that the system should work for YOU, remember your goal is to create a routine that helps you find the information you want as quickly as possible. Define your goals first. Your system should be simple, accessible, low maintenance, personal, if you like colors use them. And try your best to keep incoming flow to a minimum with fewer duplicates. Delete what you don’t need as quickly as possible…

10) We own things, they don’t own us.
A very difficult thing is discarding things we have but don’t need or don’t love… it uses up space… Free yourself, free your space, if you don’t LOVE that piece of furniture get it out of there… And always pause before a purchase, where will this fit and do you really need it… is it useful…

These tips are based on reading a book entitled “It’s hard to make a difference when you can’t find your keys”, it’s available in Jordan on, just call or place your order online, they deliver within 48 hours & payment is upon delivery ya3ni no credit cards required and you don’t pay for shipping, you only pay the US cover price…


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the usefull notes. Especialy number seven, about being realistic about time. i truly need this!!

M Kilany said...

I'm glad you found it usefull, Part 2 will be more informative and practical... I just started finding the book interesting after page 100