50 Organizing Ideas
1. Determine your goals.
Before you start anything, determine its goal. If you don’t
know where you’re going, how will you ever get there? Set
mini-goals and reward yourself for successes.
2. Declutter your desk.
An clutter-free desk erases unnecessary distractions and
helps keep your mind on tasks that need immediate
attention. Keep only the items on your desk that relate to
your current projects.
3. Don’t rely on your memory.
You run the risk of letting things fall through the cracks.
The best way to never forget an appointment, a deadline,
an event or a detail again, is to write everything down.
4. Consolidate similar activities.
Instead of starting and stopping at different levels of
activity, you’ll save time by making all of your outgoing
telephone calls together, taking care of all your errands
at once, etc.
5. Clean out your files.
Before you go through the expense of purchasing more file
cabinets, folders, etc., take the time to purge all
unnecessary paperwork and materials.
6. Use one calendar.
The biggest mistake people make when using planning
calendars is to have one for personal, another for the
office, and yet another for the family. Keep personal,
professional and family items on one calendar. It will help
to eliminate scheduling conflicts. Remember, ‘the man who
wears two watches, never knows the correct time.’
7. Reduce telephone tag.
Plan telephone calls (whether to doctors, plumbers,
clients, etc.) whenever possible. Have all necessary
materials in front of you. Write key questions down in
8. Set up files for projects.
Don’t waste time searching for papers. Keep all paperwork
that pertains to a certain project together in one large
9. Make phone calls more productive.
Say, ‘I’ve got only 5 minutes to talk.’ Outline your calls,
Say, ‘I’d like to discuss these 2 possible solutions to
problem A . . .’
10. Make appointments for YOU.
Make at least one screened appointment with yourself each
day. Screened time is quiet, uninterrupted time allowing
you to concentrate on a project or catch up on your
Realize you can’t do everything. Delegate in the office and
at home. To use an effective delegation system, train,
entrust, follow-up and evaluate.
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