How well are your organizing systems working for you?
In the introduction to this series I shared the following:
What is a system?
What 6 organizing systems do I think everyone needs?
What 5 questions can you ask yourself to see if your systems are still working for you, or if they need tweaking?
Now let’s take a closer look at each system…
System #6: Getting Stuff Done
WHO is responsible for getting stuff done — You? Another family member? Everyone?
WHAT is important to you to get done — Pay bills? Maintain your home, car, health, relationships? Make progress towards specific personal or work goals? WHAT sort of calendar system do you use – Paper? Electronic? Both? WHAT can you say no to, or simplify, or delegate? WHAT tasks can you group together and schedule a block of time to complete?
WHEN will you sit down and plan your coming day/week/month/year? WHEN will you do the tasks on your To-Do list? WHEN will you exercise, relax, or enjoy a hobby?
WHERE will you keep your schedule, notes, and To-Do list — A small notebook that you carry with you? A binder with sections for projects? A family calendar on the fridge?
WHY do you need a system for getting stuff done? So you can relax, knowing exactly how, and when, you’ll get everything done! There is a time management component to everything we do — working, playing, learning, relating to others — everything. The key is to identify your goals and priorities. Once you’ve done that it’s much easier to make decisions about how to spend your time based on whether or not the tasks and activites support those goals and priorities.
What are your challenges and tips for getting stuff done?
Please share in the comments below!
If you need help tweaking your systems, or implementing new ones, ask a friend or call a professional organizer.
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