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One thing you can do today to get organized

January is coming to a close and now is a perfect time to reflect on how things are going since the beginning of the year. I personally am not a fan of new years resolutions because I feel it sets people up for failure. I much prefer daily goals that add up to long term successes and that brings me to what you need to do today!

Grab a calendar and jot down one thing everyday from now until the end of the year that is going to get you to your end goal. For example, say you have a closet that is weighing on you, literally and figuratively, grab one item out of your closet that you never wear and put it in a box marked donations. Keep the calendar and donation box somewhere in sight to visually remind you of your goals.

Or perhaps you have a junk drawer that is out of control. Dump everything out of the drawer and only add the things back in the drawer that you use all the time. Keep the rest aside and if you don’t end up using them, store elsewhere or add them to that box marked donations.

I like using a calendar for this activity but a planner will also work, as will a list of daily goals that you cross off as you do them. Whatever works best for you. I do realize it will take awhile to write all of this down but if you do this one thing today, I guarantee you will see results! As German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

Happy Organizing!



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Office Organizing 101


After spending last weekend organizing a home office I thought it would be helpful to post some of the things that most people have problems with when it comes to organizing their office space and a few tips to help curb those issues.

1) Outdated manuals, binders – What happens here is that you go to a course, you get a wonderful binder full of information, you look at it a few times and then it goes on a shelf and collects dust until you eventually get rid of it. Or perhaps you purchase a printer that comes with a manual but then the printer dies but the manual sticks around. If you can get electronic documents over paper ones it is not only environmentally friendly but easier to get rid of once you no longer need it.

2) Extra office supplies – Most of us have office supplies we never use or no longer work. Case in point, pens/highlighters. How many of yours actually work? And furthermore do you really need 100 of them. Get rid of supplies that no longer work or that you have excessive amounts of. You only have two hands, unless you are really talented and can use your feet.

3) Papers scattered all over the desk – Often when you are working on a project it is inevitable that your desk will start looking more ragged as the day progresses but the trick is to have a place for all the papers you work on. Whether they go back into files, desk drawers, paper boxes, other storage containers or even the recycling so that at the end of the day you have a place to put all of those papers back into. Which leads me to the next point.

4) End of day clean up – When you have completed your work for the day, tidy your work space, usually this only takes 10 – 15 minutes but when you come back the next day you will be all set to get going and won’t be starting the day searching for things, such a stress buster!

5) Continual maintenance – Once a week, friday is suggested, take a look at what you are working on and how you can organize things so that the following week you are starting fresh again. If you have tidied up every day this shouldn’t take long and if you have missed a few days then this is the time to get things in order again.

Remember, it’s not just your office space that needs organizing, your computer desktop icons, electronic folders and email can also quickly become unorganized. Remember to delete things off your desktop when no longer needed, create folders when working on new projects so that documents are easy to access, delete unnecessary emails as you receive them and be sure to implement the end of day clean up to your computer as well.

Lastly, don’t get discouraged, getting organized doesn’t happen overnight. It can take a while before new behaviours sink in and things start to click.

Happy organizing!