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Organized 101Get Motivated to Get Organized
The best strategies for getting organized often start with a positive outlook. Get inspired, root for success, turn on some music, and applaud your victories. Whether done inside or outside the home or office, make organizing fun - and rewarding.
1. Create a cheering section. It's no fun if nobody is cheering you on. While you can be your own cheering section, of course, it's always very satisfying when someone else tells you what a great job you're doing. Find a few people you can count on to cheer you on--a spouse, an aunt, a friend, a dad, etc. Let them know what you're doing and ask them to help you stay motivated along the way.
6. Get a good friend to assist. Invite a good friend over to help you organize--someone who you really enjoy being with and someone who's pretty organized and could give you good advice along the way.
7. Beat the clock. There's nothing like a good game of beat the clock. Set a quick organizing goal like clearing off the top of your desk, or organizing a bathroom shelf, or making the bed. Then, set the timer for a set amount of time and rush like crazy to meet your goal before the timer goes off. If you beat the clock, do something fun like having a cup of tea and reading a chapter of your favorite novel. If you don't beat the clock, set the timer and start again. Reward yourself when your task is accomplished before the buzzer sounds.
8. Do it outside. If the weather is beautiful outside, you can still go outdoors and complete an organizing project.
Bring a pile of papers outside with you and weed it out on your patio. Bring a dresser drawer on the deck and go it in the fresh air. Bring your laptop outside with you and organize your computer files.
9. Visualize the end result. Before you start any organizing project, first visualize what you want the end result to be.
You may visualize a clutter-free dining room with you and your family sitting around the table enjoying a wonderful meal. Or, you may visualize a tamed-down schedule that allows you to actually take a walk in the park--in the middle of the day!
10. Be perfectly positive. A negative attitude will affect you negatively. Stay positive. Say 'I can' over and over again. Be perfectly positive and you will be well on your way to getting and staying organized.
Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now!