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Staying Organized with Launch Pads

Staying Organized with Launch Pads

Being organized does not necessarily mean that you accomplish everything faster. Being organized, however, does require that you help yourself by establishing actionable areas to make your finished goals easier. I call these actionable areas, launch pads. Here are some examples of some key launch pads to keep in a typical household.

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Homes For Projects

Active projects need homes as much as passive supplies.  Anyone who reads this blog or has worked with me knows that I value a clear surface as the greatest organizing tool above all else.   For this reason, my first act of helping a client get organized is always to create a clear work surface.  This is act is often met with resistance when I try to clear an ongoing project. Ongoing projects need to be organized as much as anything else.  In fact, they need the most special attention of all and leaving them out on the dining table just doesn’t cut it.  There, they are vulnerable to incoming clutter and processing. Here are some common ongoing projects I run into and some easy solutions. Bill Paying. Let’s face it, whether you like bill paying or not (and who does) it’s an ongoing project.  You must make a comfortable allowance for it.  When the daily mail comes in, extract the statements immediately and place them in a dedicated bill paying area. Never let them pitch camp on your dining room […]

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Circulation Prevents Accumulation

Circulation Prevents Accumulation This is the big one.  This is the trunk of the tree from which all my other organizing philosophies branch out.  But what exactly do I mean by circulation? A truly effective organizing system must circulate freely, just as your body’s blood supply must circulate freely.   In both cases, when there’s a blockage there’s a problem.  It’s also important to note that the circulatory system moves forward in stages.  It advances forward to the next valve, then it stops and moves forward to the next and so on, but it is a reliable circular flow forward. Let’s compare this to the daily mail.  When it piles up on the dining table, it can be overwhelming and it can easily lead to trouble like bills not getting paid, opportunities missed, and late fees.  The opposite extreme would be to pay the bills the same day they come in.  I admire people who can do this, but for most of us that’s not practical.   What IS manageable is to move the bills FORWARD to the next stage, the next […]

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