Rewrite your lists frequently

I love re-writing my task list, it always gives me such a sense of accomplishment to cross off some of the items and then look forward to crossing some of the “new” things off someday too. It also helps to prioritize (or re-prioritize) some of the items on your list too. I’ve mentioned that if you re-write a certain task more than 5 times on a new list that you can probably just delete it altogether since it hadn’t gotten done thus far, how important can it be?

A fresh start always feels good too. Writing out a fresh list on a clean sheet of paper always feels like I’m starting over in some ways. I also encourage you to use cute paper and maybe a clipboard or fun notepad that you like to record your tasks. It makes the mundane a little more fun (and as I always say, just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it can’t be cute)!

Do your most dreaded task first

I am not the best at returning phone calls (ask any of my friends & family) but it is an extremely important part of my business. When faced with having to make a call to a client or anyone else for that matter I try to make the phone calls the first thing that I do once office hours are “open”.

One of the reasons for this is that my energy is highest in the morning along with the fact that I can get de-railed very easily with my day if something comes up that needs my immediate attention.  I want (and need) to make phone calls a priority so that I am able to think quickly and give my clients the attention that they deserve.

What is your least favorite task and how do you go about taking care of it when you need to?

Forgive yourself for getting disorganized

If you read my blog post about being humbled recently  you will most definitely appreciate this one too.

Each and every one of our clients is certain that we’ve never seen anything worse than what we are looking at in their home or office. It amazes me how high we set the standards for ourselves but with 24 hour HGTV and Martha Stewart, Real Simple, etc. out there it’s hard not to want to aspire to that 24/7.  The only problem is that just with fashion magazines, sometimes the setup isn’t realistic and/or budgets were obscene to begin with or my favorite: they had an entire design team at their disposal and they got it done in less than a week.

Personally I find that “org porn” is pretty hot, but it’s just not realistic.  Anyone can come into a space and organize it but unless YOU are there giving suggestions and working through everything with a Professional Organizer it won’t make any sense to YOU when we head out the door.  It’s your house, you need to know where to find everything, not me!

The guilt that comes along with disorganization can be debilitating and it’s also like dieting, if I blew it by mid-morning when I had my Snickers bar then why bother the rest of the day.  Just do one thing today towards the path towards overall organization: forgive yourself for letting it get disorganized and just move forward one step at a time on a positive note and before you know it you won’t be getting in over your head anymore. Change takes time but stick with it and you’ll be amazed how much more on top of things you’ll feel.

What are you struggling with organizationally today?

Talk to your kids about donating items/toys

goodwill-logoWeeding out kids toys was never my favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon but years ago I found it much easier when I told my kids to think of it as sharing their abundance of toys with children who are much less fortunate than we are.  It worked like a charm and on top of that, they both surprised me by putting more in the “donate” pile than I had imagined that they would.  I was very impressed with their sensitivity (and I had a smug feeling for just a moment that I’d done something right).

When the time comes to have your kiddos go through their toys, stuffed animals, clothes, games, etc. just remind them that they will to go places where families are struggling and might just need a teddy bear to hug or to sit and play a game together. Even at a very young age, kids can understand this concept and it will also pave the way for a lifetime of giving back which always a good thing.

Will you be doing any organizing projects this weekend?

Simple organizing tip, start with what bothers you the most

This might seem like a simple concept but truthfully it is one that a lot of people struggle with. We want to postpone the “yucky” stuff when I think that starting with the yuckies is the way to go. If you dislike filing then go ahead and tackle the “to file” pile on your desk. You’ll feel so much better by just getting it out of the way

This can apply to all facets of your life. Does clutter throughout your house bother you? Then start one room at a time & de-clutter a room or an area of a room one by one. When you break a project down it instantly seems less overwhelming and much more attainable.

Give it a whirl, what are some of your strategies for your most dreaded tasks?!

Turn off the TV

I am a creature of habit and don’t feel like I’ve properly started the day unless I’ve watched the first 20 minutes of Good Morning America in the morning. On the mornings that I leave it on in the background I notice that it totally sucks my attention and before I know it, I’m watching Kelly & Michael!

Mind you, I am not sitting through commercials, but still, I get sucked in.

I’ve also found that if I need to check the weather during the day that I’ll turn on our local channel that does traffic & weather rather than The Weather Channel because not only is more accurate, it’s got a lot less fluff. I just want the information that I need and then get out.

Turning it off as soon as my segment is over gives me just the information that I need for the day and then I can go and get about my life. Turning off the TV is a great way to manage your time better. It’s as simple as that.

What shows suck you in?