Anytime someone walks into my office or even my house (although these days my house is overrun with tiny humans), they comment on how organized everything appears to be. There’s always more that I feel like needs a better place, but I agree- it is organized. The piece they don’t ask me about is why.
So many times people assume that you either are organized or you’re not. The reality is that it is not an either or situation. There are some people who are more naturally organized and I would place myself in that category, but like most other traits, if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. All of that to say this, you can be organized and quite frankly if you own a small business, it’s imperative!
When people do ask my why I am organized, I tell them this- if everything in my physical space, including my virtual space online, is disorganized and a mess, then so is everything in my brain. If my brain is a mess, then there’s no way that I will be as productive as I need to be to really use my time effectively. Productivity is the name of the game. The more productive a person is, the more that person can accomplish within the day. Afterall, we are all given the same 24 hours in the day- it’s what you choose to do with them that really matters (and I have never been a proponent of skipping sleep- I love to sleep).
Tips for getting organized:
1. Get rid of all the things you’re not using right now!
That stack of papers that has miscellaneous information about things you can readily find online- THROW IT AWAY! I am a super sentimental person and have kept every single letter or card anyone has given to me- until last year. It doesn’t really serve me if I’m keeping it in a box and never look at it. The same goes with paperwork or other things you really don’t need.
2. Create folders
This is something you can do both virtually and paper. I have a whole filing cabinet at my house for all of our important documents. I do NOT keep things that I can access online. There’s just no reason for it. I also create folders within my emails for where those emails I need to keep belong. The same is true for my google drive and computer documents.
3. Everything has a place
Just to be clear, a pile on the side of your desk, is not a place. This ties in with creating folders. Each thing- physical or virtual has a place to be put away. If it doesn’t fit, then ask yourself if you really need it. If you need places to put things, Michael’s, Office Depot, and Target, are great places to find affordable storage.
4. Put things in their place
After you’ve designated where everything goes, you need to make sure you continue to put things in their place! It’s not going to matter if everything has a place, if you don’t put things back in those places.
These are just a few of my favorites and a great beginning point- personally and professionally.
Let me know below what some of your favorite organizational strategies are!
By: Ellyse Colson