Drop and run organizers are often busy, busy, busy. Running from one task to another, they tell themselves they’ll put something away later, when they have more time, but, before they know it, piles are encroaching.
As always, the key is to work with the style in question to make it as easy to put something away as it is to put it down.
- When it comes to organizing, those with the drop and run organizational style benefit from open storage. Lids and multi-step systems are unnecessary barriers to putting things where they belong. Aim to make it just as easy to drop things where they belong before running to the next thing as it is to drop them where they don’t belong by choosing containers that make this possible. This simple choice not only improves the look of a space, but also makes staying organized (almost) effortless.
- When it comes to list-making, drop and run organizers benefit from “dropping” an idea onto a list before running to the next thing on the schedule. Creating lists on a medium that travels with you, whether it’s your phone or a pad of paper tucked into a bag, makes it more likely that you’ll remember appointments and other to-dos, and, more important, you’ll know where to find them.
- As for goal-setting, the drop and run organizer is likely to need something to help him or her stay focused. Used to operating out of piles, the drop and run organizer is in danger of starting down one path only to be lured onto another by tempting materials nearby. Setting daily goals via a to-do list and keeping long-term goals close by can help keep distraction under control.