Changing over 10 years of past work habits is very difficult

Organize or Agonize

 

Studies have shown that disorganization not only impacts our personal productivity but also adds additional stress to our already stressful lives.  Experiencing continuous high levels of stress have a negative impact on our health, business and personal enjoyment.

 

  How do we know if we’re disorganized?  First, let’s look at our daily work area (our desk at the office, our desk at home, our closets, our garage … well, you get the idea.  Do we see piles of stuff sitting around on flat surfaces, notes tacked around computer screens (on our foreheads!), maps on our dashboard, etc? 

 

Don’t stop yet, open up your computer and look at your file directories and e-mail files.  Are they organized or are they just another form of a pile -- electronic piles versus paper?  At this point, you probably have a pretty good idea of whether you have just identified yourself or someone you know as someone who needs help taming these unwanted piles and over bearing mind traffic.

 

Piles normally exist because of two barriers:  FEAR FACTOR – We’re afraid to put the item away because we’ll forget to perform the task … or we won’t be able to find it when we’re ready to work on it.  And, second, we don’t have a “home” in which to store the item(s).

 

As an experienced Lean Time Management/Organization skills coach for the past 20 years, 

I’ve had the opportunity to observe many disorganized behaviors.  As a result, I’ve successfully helped over 3,000 professionals “tame” or eliminate these burdensome and stressful habits.

 

Piles cause a person to spend at least 1-½ hours per day trying to find things – the result is equal to 300 hours of lost productivity annually … and that’s this year, next year, the year after.

 

Tips to improve personal organization:

 

  • Attitude, a willingness to accept change in the way you have been working in the past. 
  • Establish designated homes (storage areas) to store paper and electronic data. 
  • Leave at the end of the workday with no piles left on the work surface.
  • Plan before you go home what you are going to do the next day – prioritize “tomorrow.”
  • Leave work with an empty e-mail box.  Create electronic file folders (homes) to drag and drop mail.  Time activate follow-up actions in your electronic or your paper personal organizer.
  • Utilize an organizer that is subject document driven versus a traditional diary system.
  • Maintain one organizer system to manage both your work and personal life together, using two systems allows conflicts to happen.
  • Follow the above tips every day not just three days a week – make this a new “habit”.

Interested in experiencing less stress and taking control of your day?

Call today at 260-672-2028 or 260-704-3529 to discuss your interest or email kelewis@kelp.com.

Have you ever watched people spend several days attending a workshop and come out emotionally all pumped up with that's the way I want to work and live my life,  but on Monday morning they revert back to their old habits.

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