Tuesday, March 10, 2009

get motivated to organize

This week, let's tackle some of those tasks around the home and office that we don't get around to doing. I have specifically chosen Quick and Easy tasks so that you can build up some momentum and feel good about getting things done.


What gets you motivated? Is it music? Then put on some tunes to get yourself energized. Is it competition? Then challenge yourself and see how many of the tasks you can accomplish in an hour. Is it being accountable? Then post a comment telling me what you're going to do and come back to tell me when it's done! Is it social interaction? Then make a coffee date with a friend, but ONLY once you've done an hour's organizing. Is it reaching a goal? Then reward yourself once you've done all the tasks.


Right! Now that we know what motivates you, let's get to it!


IN THE HOME


· De-clutter and sort through all the old magazines. Tear out the articles and toss the rest.

· Organize your launch pad - that place where you DUMP things when you walk in the door.

· Collect all the clothes you need to dry-clean or mend.

· Clear off the front of your fridge. Toss the magnets and recipes you're never going to use.

· Throw away any old food in your fridge and freezer, and give the surfaces a good wipe down.


and now...


IN THE OFFICE


· Do your filing.

· Collect all the bills and invoices from around the home and schedule the payment dates in your planner.

· Shred any junk mail with your name on it.

· Organize your desk.

· Delete 100 emails from your Inbox and Sent Items.


Whatever you do manage to do, give yourself a pat on the back!


For more organizing tips, visit my website: www.andreadekker.com

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