Organising at Home Series 1:
“If you want something done, ask a busy person.”
The reason that’s true is that the busier you are, the more time you need to devote to being organised. Saying that you ‘don’t have time’ or that you’re ‘too busy’ are popular but invalid excuses. MAKE THE TIME.
Make organising time your highest priority and things will amazingly start to work better.
You can’t get organised once – you need to make time for it on a regular basis. That paperwork thing for example. If you set a time once a week to deal with all the mail, flyers, receipts and bills, school notices and everything else that wormed its way into your household over the week, life will be so much sweeter! You have to give something up in order to make this time. Identify a time-waster (TV watching, Internet surfing, text chatting) and nab that time. Make it official, announce to the family ‘Thursday night is administration night’ or whatever you have decided so that they know they cannot encroach on that time unless it’s super important.
Then have a system ready for sorting (remember ‘love it, need it, or use it’). E.g. have a rubbish bin, recycling bin, and filing system all lined up. Put papers into relevant piles, including a ‘must action it in the next couple of days’ pile, then deal with it all then and there. Don’t leave the piles where you formed them – this does not equate to sorting or organising or any resemblance of helpful! Move all the papers to where you need them to be right then and there.
Lastly start working through the ‘must action’ pile. If you don’t get this finished now, keep it in that prominent place until they are dealt with over the next couple of days.
See my next post for a System of sorting for the home or office.