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The Secret to Why You Still Can’t Stay Organized

The Secret to Why You Still Can’t Stay Organized

Being organized requires a balance of three limited resources. The first two are time and space. Much has been written about how to work within the limits of time and space, but there is a third resource that attracts less attention. That resource is energy.

It is possible to clear your space, organize your time, and establish sensible systems for both and still not be able to stay organized, because you lack the energy to maintain those systems.

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When Ambition Outweighs Energy

On the subject of food, my mother used to tell me “your eyes are bigger than your stomach!”  On the subject of organizing, I have observed that, for many of my clients, their ambition significantly outweighs their energy. Don’t get me wrong. I think it is important to challenge ourselves.  It’s OK for our reach to exceed our grasp, but when our plans SIGNIFICANTLY exceed our capabilities it leads to frustration, guilt, and further disorganization.  Consequently, not only do the impossible goals remain unattained, but so do the manageable goals. The phenomenon of ambition-outweighs-energy seems to be especially prevalent among the creative-minded, ADHD-sufferers , and the elderly, but I think we can all relate on some level to the effects of this phenomenon.  Here’s a few things you can do about it: 1. Face Facts. Your good ideas will ALWAYS outnumber your hours to act on them.  It’s important to not feel like a failure because you’re not getting to all the things you wanted to do.  I have often quoted time management expert Harold Taylor on this subject, but […]

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Clean Slate of Mind

Ah, the clear desk.  There’s nothing like it.  It represents control and a sense of accomplishment, but it’s more than just a nice idea.  A clear work surface is nothing less than your MOST valuable organizing tool. That’s right.  I said organizing TOOL.  As with all tools, a work surface performs best when it is used with the right purpose. Storing junky tchotchkes on your work surface is like using a hammer to saw a plank.  So what does your work surface need to be dedicated to? PROCESSING PAPERWORK. To understand why this is so important, compare your office to your computer’s hard drive.  A computer uses thousands of megabytes on applications and documents, but it must reserve a certain amount of random access memory for PROCESSING data or it will get overwhelmed and crash.  If you run out of work surface to process paperwork, then YOU will be overwhelmed and crash! Now, perhaps you’re saying “Yeah, but I need everything out where I can see it!” I agree that if you need to make a point of acting on […]

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The Energy Factor

The Energy Factor

Being truly organized requires a balance of three limited resources: space, time, and energy. The first two are pretty obvious, but “energy” is often overlooked. You may be working in a comfortable, productive space and you may have what seems like a well planned out schedule, but if you haven’t budgeted for your energy levels, it can all come unravelled.

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