Effective organizing is a matter of letting go of bad habits, and embracing those that bring results. Stop doing what you've always done - those habits that haven't borne results, and Start doing what will bring rewards.
'If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.'
Getting organized requires that you STOP doing things that are causing clutter, wasting time and hurting your chances of reaching your goals. It also requires you to START doing things that eliminate clutter, increase your productivity and give you the best chances for achieving the things you want in life.
Here are just a few simple formulas to help you get started:
1. STOP leaving papers and other stuff on tables, desks and countertops. The more things you leave laying around, the quicker the clutter will build.
START putting things away when you're done using them. It only takes a second to put something away, but if you let it build into a mountain of clutter, it could take hours, weeks or months to get it back under control.
2. STOP trying to remember everything in your head. It's incredibly easy to forget something important that needs to get done, especially if you're a busy person with lots of responsibilities.
START writing things down. Jot important dates and events in your calendar. Make written lists of tasks to be done and items to be remembered. Get your great ideas down on paper.
3. STOP writing on tiny scraps of paper and sticky notes. There's a good chance that tiny scraps will make their way under larger papers, never to be found again.
START writing things down in an organizer, so your notes are in one place, and easily accessible when you need them.
4. STOP trying to get a million things done at once. You'll get overwhelmed, and there's a good chance that little will be accomplished.
START making lists and determining how many projects you can realistically complete in any given day. Write everything to be done on a Master List. Each day, transfer 3-4 items from your Master List to your Daily To Do list. Work on those items all the way through to completion.
Start over the next day. You'll know whether you had too many or too few items on your To Do List, by what you were actually able to accomplish. If you didn't complete everything, put less items on your To Do List tomorrow. If you completed everything with time to spare, put a few more items on your To Do list tomorrow.
5. STOP saying that you CAN'T get organized. Taking this negative approach will almost always result in failure. Also, stop beating yourself up for being disorganized.
START saying you CAN get organized. Tackling your organizing problems one small step at a time, and having patience with yourself, will result in success. Reward yourself for every accomplishment you make--no matter how small.