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Posts Tagged ‘procrastination’

Organizing During A Recession

Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 07:09 AM
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In simple terms, a ‘recession’ is a period of economic contraction. When the economy contracts, we all do a bit of receding. We tend to withdraw back to basics as we wait for more expansive times. A recession is a challenging time. Some of my clients have lost their jobs and health insurance. Those who own their own businesses may have fewer clients and less revenue. I understand. I own a business too. Let me share with you what my clients and I are doing organizationally to hunker down during this long-lasting and rather deep recession.

  • Get lean. Now is truly the time to clear off your desk, toss out the clutter, find the prime ‘stuff” that needs doing, and make a plan for getting things done.
  • Get focused. As a recent episode of ‘Raising Hope’ but it “Stop procrasterbating!” There’s too much at stake. Get rid of the distractions of projects you’ll never get to. Get real about your commitments and promises. Now is not the time to spin wheels. It’s the time to act.
  • Get support. If you’re looking for work, hit the Internet for (free) job hunting exploration and consult with a career service. I recommend Jewish Family and Career Services. Anyone can participate but a donation would be nice. https://www.yourtoolsforliving.org
  • Get thrifty. If you’re organized enough to cut coupons or download them from the Internet, keep them in your car where you’ll have at least a chance of using them. www.groupon.com is very cool. Check out coupon apps at http://www.cheapism.com. Resist buying techno toys and stock up on the stuff you use daily like office paper, toothpaste and wine (well, no need not to have some fun.) Consolidate your errands; the price of gas is going up again.
  • Get closure. Got an error on your credit card bill? Call and get it resolved. Have a lingering decision to make? Do your research, make the decision and live with the consequences because the less ‘open loops’ you have hanging around in these trying times, the less stress you’ll be under.

I know, I know, easier said than done. Hiring a professional organizer is a smart low-cost investment you can make during a recession if the above advice is difficult for you to implement. Professional organizers are experts at ‘lean and mean’, can get you razor-focused, and you’ll find nobody stronger in the ‘closure’ departments. Go to www.napo.net to find an organizer near you.

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Getting It Up For Organizing

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 07:04 AM
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Sounds like a Viagra commercial, doesn’t it? Sorry to disappoint. I’m taking about initiation. It’s tough for people to who are challenged by disorganization to initiate organizing especially if it’s not intrinsically rewarding to you. Borrowing a page from the ADD playbook, the reason initiation can be hard for some people is that initiation, an executive function of the brain, may be lacking.

I teach my clients who find it hard to get organizing efforts started to use the following tips:

  • Get into a more stimulating setting – A coffee shop, local restaurant, or even a hotel lobby. The trick is to find a place not too distracting.
  • Fit the task into your natural rhythm. Maybe you need to put the dishes away before you organize your desk.
  • Leverage procrastination. Procrastination works because it builds up adrenalin and shoots endorphins into the brain but that can be bad for your health if done too often. So use it wisely.
  • Break the task down. Even doing a part of a task can get you going.
  • Invest yourself in the project or task. Reframe it as a personal challenge.
  • Build in a really satisfying personal reward.
  • Avoid “all or nothing” thinking. Little steps count!
  • Try brief physical exercise before taking on an organizing project.
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