Happy New Year! Is getting organized on your list of New Year’s resolutions?
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it enough times to make regular readers roll their eyes: organizing is a process. When it comes to finding “just right” strategies, the first time isn’t always the charm. And, since big jobs can be overwhelming, finding a way to break them into smaller, more approachable tasks often makes progress easier.
Have a big job you need to get done? Here are a few ways to overcome procrastination and dig in, one step at a time.
Choose a time frame. Whether you Give it Five! or have an hour to spare, dedicating time to make progress is always a win. In addition, just getting started can get you on a roll so that you might just decide to continue after your designated time is up. … Or not. It’s up to you.
Choose a number. When time is available only in snippets or when you need to see piles grow smaller or spaces grow less cluttered, try setting a target number of things to put away by the end of the morning, afternoon, evening, or day. Don’t have a lot of time? Every time you walk past something that’s not where it belongs, pick it up and put it away. More than just a few things out of place? Pick up something every time you walk past. Baby steps.
Choose one singular sensation. Just one drawer, just one shelf, just one pile … all of these are good places to start. Best of all, you know when you’re finished.
Getting organized doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Every little bit helps. And, if you’ve set organization as a goal for 2019, you have an entire year to get things done.
Copyright 2019 Lisa Hess