Did you know getting organized is in the top ten most made New Year’s goals? That means that you’re not the only disorganized one in the world. Most of us are always looking for ways to become more organized in every aspect of our lives.
Being organized means different things to different people, and it means different things to different virtual assistants! Without divulging industry secrets (why would we want you to not need us?!), here are some tips that may help you get organized.
Make Small Changes
Where do you start with getting organized? Getting organized doesn’t mean sweeping your arm across the top of your desk and throwing it to the floor (or the trash can) to start over! The flow of work and papers and mess is never ending. Without creating solutions and putting systems into place, you’ll be right back where you started in no time. So what do you do?
Pick the one thing that drives you crazy the most and work on it. Can’t ever find an ink pen? Put them back in the same place all the time. Create a habit of returning the pen to your center desk drawer, or to a pen cup on your desk. Pick one place and put the pen back there every time you are finished with it.
Give your stuff a home. By designating a home for each item you often use or receive (such as mail), you’ll know exactly what to do with those items as you use them. It’s a great way to clear out the clutter.
If It Works, Don’t Change It
If something is working well for you, don’t try to find a way to do it better.
For the better part of a year I’ve been trying to make myself use a planner. It hasn’t been going well. I thought perhaps I hadn’t found the right style of planner for me. So now I’ve spent entirely too much money on various planners, trying to find one I will stick with. I finally realized that my method before the planner was working well so why spend oodles of money and time trying to change it.
Don’t waste your time and energy trying to fight the current of the river that is you. We’re all different and what works for others may not be what works for you. Instead, recognize the areas in which you are excelling. Take note of what is working and try to do more of that.
Don’t Hang Onto It Just in Case
This is one of my favorite! If you don’t see a need for something or haven’t used it in six or twelve months, get rid of it! Clutter screams, “Organize me!” So organize it.
Do you see that manual sitting over there for the TV you no longer own? Throw it out! You aren’t going to need that. And look over there…do you see that thinga-ma-bob you’ve never used but thought would come in handy eventually? It’s been a year and you haven’t touched it. Get rid of it! Sell it, trash it, recycle it, re-gift it. Do something with it.
Don’t Fight the River
I know I just said this, but I said it again because it’s worth repeating. Don’t overthink getting organized. Do what comes naturally to you, unless naturally creates clutter!
Organizing should be painless. It should require minimal thought and effort because, otherwise, it’s not really effective organizing. It’s just another task for you to do. Sure, some people might find it therapeutic or soothing. But overall, organizing should fit around how you work, how you think and how you live, not the other way around.
Look at the way you naturally organize things and build on that. Find ways to capitalize on what comes naturally to you.
And always, if you’d like to declutter by going paperless, we can help you! At Signature Virtual Assistance we can organize your documents electronically so you still have everything you need at the click of a button without all the clutter.