You will never be completely ready. Start from wherever you are. ~ C.J. Hayden, MCC
Are You Stuck?
Some people need their personal and/or professional lives organized. These individuals are stuck and need help in areas such as: time management, self- management, balancing life and career, dealing with stress or transition. A Certified Professional Coach (CPC) is the one to call. Coaching is all about helping you succeed and accomplish your goals.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? It may be weight loss, increase exercise, balance home and career or reduce stress. It’s time to turn resolutions into achievements and coaching is the key for change and transformation. It is a commitment to yourself and for yourself, yet the benefits flow out to your family, workplace and all areas in your life.
Personal and professional transformation also benefit from being in an organized environment – home and work. Your New Year goals may include getting rooms in your home organized or files in your office. It all begins with the atmosphere.
Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. ~ A.A. Milne
To organize means to put things in an orderly, neat and tidy manner. This could apply to a home or office environment or a personal lifestyle.When a business or home is in an organized state, it runs efficiently and increases productivity, which saves time and money. This is also true when a person’s life is in balance and in control. Having an organized atmosphere allows you to accomplish more projects, find items quicker and reduces stress in your life. It is important to diminish the clutter, regain control of your environment and keep it that way.
On the contrary, to be in a state of disorder, at home or in life, creates chaos, confusion and unnecessary expenses. Perhaps you feel there are not enough hours in the day to tackle overwhelming piles of papers that keep growing. You may be missing important deadlines or critical documents and generally frustrated at the disarray in the home or office environment.
Less is more. ~ Mies Van Der Rohe
There are many reasons people become disorganized and procrastinate getting organized; I will list three.
- The first is they never learned how to be organized combined with the understanding it becomes part of their lifestyle.
- Another reason is moving or downsizing. Moving to a smaller home or apartment can be very stressful. What to take discard and where does it all go?
- Finally illness or death in the family can be traumatic and demanding. For a period of time, many things are just “let go”. It does not take long for the atmosphere in the home or office to become out of control and items misplaced.
Busy professionals, frustrated parents, overwhelmed senior citizens, overworked business owners as well as hoarders fall victim to disorganization, which increases stress, frustration and lost productivity.
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin
How does one create an organized atmosphere? The answer is by making decisions on what you will keep, giveaway, sell or donate. Don’t start with the idea of how much you can fit into your space, but rather which of your belongings is most important to you.
Focus on creating space around these items. Simplicity rather than clutter should be the rule. Many people think of de-clutter as projects involving closets, bedrooms, pantry/kitchens, living room and garages and they are correct. But other areas that may need purging and organizing are: time, paperwork/bills, office, desks, files, computers, storage/attics, financials, boats, cars, estates and photos.
Time management may sound like a college course and organizing paperwork an impossible feat. If this sounds familiar, do not need to despair, there are professionals to help overcome the obstacles.
A Professional Organizer will help organize the home or office space. They provide services, support and training to take control of your environment and keep it that way. To find a Professional Organizer go to National Association of Professional Organizers, www.napo.net.
January is Get Organized Month and the perfect time to get those projects done!
Deborah Campbell, CPC