At this time of year many people put “Get Organized” on their To-Do List. Some hire a professional organizer like me to help them achieve their goals, others decide to tackle the job on their own. If you’re in the latter group but are feeling overwhelmed by the task, here’s what I suggest:
Do one thing a day towards accomplishing your goal.
Several years ago I heard Jack Canfield, co-creator of the wildly successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series, speak about getting things done and he made a great point – he said, “you don’t need to get it perfect, you just need to get it going.”
When he was attempting to market his first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, he did five things a day towards his marketing goal. That method ultimately helped him get where he is today. While five things a day is terrific, doing just one thing will also eventually get you where you want to go.
So how do you get organized by using the “one thing a day method”? Here are some examples of small, manageable tasks to help you organize your space:
- Organize the medicine cabinet
- Remove clothes from your closet you don’t wear
- Go through a stack of papers in your office
- Donate the toys your kids don’t play with anymore
- Purge a file drawer of papers you don’t need anymore
- Organize your pantry
- Take old electronics to your communities recycling area
Doing one thing a day can help you achieve any goal, whether you want to market a product, conduct a job search or improve your physical fitness. The important thing is to start and repeat!
If you’d like to get a jump start for your 2013 organizing plans, please contact me to see how I can help you.