Any time someone walks into my house (although these days my home is overrun with tiny humans), they comment on how organized everything appears to be. There’s always more that I feel needs done but I agree. It is organized. The piece they don’t ask me about is why.
So many times people assume organization is an inherent personality trait; you either have it or you don't. 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: you can be organized and, quite frankly, if you own a small business, it’s imperative!
If everything in my physical space - including my virtual space online - is a disorganized 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. After all, we are all given the same 24 hours in the day. It’s what you choose to do with them that really matters.
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 such a sentimental person; I kept every single letter or card anyone has ever given me until last year. It doesn’t really serve me if I’m keeping it in a box but 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 on your computer and in your physical working space. I have a whole filing cabinet for our important documents. I do NOT keep things I can access online. There’s just no reason for it. I also create folders within my emails to keep my inbox organized. 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, 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 for your home or business..
Let me know below what some of your favorite organizational strategies are in the comments below. What do you struggle with the most?
By: Ellyse Colson