By Jeff Zbar | November 1, 2008
Some look to the weekend as a chance to leave the office, to get away, to think about something other than work.
But entrepreneurs often see the weekend as a time to think about something maybe different from work, but something that can help them work better.
And sometimes the weekend begins on Friday.
In my home office, every Friday gives me a chance to clean my office, to consider new projects, or even to do some low-pressure sales. Even throughout the home, Fridays let me noodle around the home, clean up before the weekend, maybe tackle a chore or task — so I can spend my time with the wife and kids once the weekend formally has arrived.
How productive and organized we are in our lives and work often depends on how well we first lay the groundwork. For organization doesn’t happen in a vaccuum or on an island. Keeping our spaces clean and our lives decluttered are a daily — even semi-daily — affair. Organization begins after the kids have left for school, or once the wife is gone, after meals, after they’ve all gone to bed. Quiet times are great times to tackle organization around the home.
And the best day for me — when my mind is slower and less focused on paying work — is Friday.
What day works for you? Experiment, for it could be different depending on the person. If your job schedule makes Monday your weekend (for example, some doctors, nurses, firemen, police or civil / government workers work weekends, making the week their weekend) , style that into your organizational day.
Make it inviting. Tunes, TV, the iPod, even talking to someone on a cordless or wireless phone while doing your task unthethers you — while also keeping you productive.
Tackle in stages. It’s one thing to be a organizational butterfly, flitting from one mess to the next. And that may work when the house or office is a disaster. But focus on a room, a desktop, a kitchen counter. Complete it. Then move on.
Next time, we’ll discuss more organizational tips amid a time of great change.