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Blog: Shipshape Organizing
It's All About Setting Priorities

We all like to keep busy doing the things we love, but we also like time to relax every now and then. For some people, finding time doesn't come easy and work can be extremely stressful because there is 'no time to think strait, get organized, or stay organized.'
I've thought about this particular problem for quite a while and for those of you who can't seem to stay on top of things, I think I've got it figured out.
It's all about setting priorities.  
In a day we are required to do a certain number of tasks within an allotted frame of time. Agree?
By analyzing common tasks and fitting them into your schedule on a regular basis you will be able to create space in your daily activities to focus on multiple, new, and upcoming projects.
In order to think strait, get organized, and stay organized, these key elements must be incorporated:
  • Thinking

Examine your tasks, projects, and office obligations.

  • Writing

Create a list and number them according to priority, 1 = Most Important.

  • Scheduling

Arrange the individual items on your calendar beginning with 1. Consider other items that need to be added to the same day and choose a realistic amount of time to complete everything. If you find that certain priorities need to be carried out on a weekly basis to be completed properly, schedule them appropriately and immediately.

  • Talking

Meet with your co-workers and supervisor to explain your obligations and initiate your calendar. Like Show & Tell, this will give you the opportunity to share your schedule, gather feedback, edit your entries, and begin the process.

  • Repetition

Update your calendar every morning, noon, or night, but do it EVERY day. Stay focused on knowing what to expect and keeping your calendar up-to-date.

  • Dedication

Be consistent. If it's marked on your calendar DO IT. Maintain a positive attitude about your future and reach your goals one day at a time.

If you have a lot of interruptions in your office, speak with your supervisor and co-workers about reevaluating the way incoming calls are received, visitors are welcomed, and customers / employees are handled. Opening the lines of communication will ensure a better business flow where work can be done quickly and efficiently. If interruptions turn into problems, immediately schedule time to discuss the problem in the near future.

posted on: 9/19/2009 11:48:12 AM by Jennifer Buser
category: Body Mind And Spirit

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Greetings! I'm Jennifer Buser, professional organizer and healthy living advocate. Most of my friends say I'm a chipper, go-getter kind of gal who gets excited about organizing and wellness. As an organizer, I believe that an enhanced life includes regular physical activity, a balanced diet (especially with lots of fruits and vegetables), and a concentrated emphasis on mental health. I come from a home where my mother's family practiced Quakerism and my father's parents attended a Methodist church. As a child, I was able to learn different fundamental life lessons from each of my grandparents. From my Methodist Grandmother I learned the value of organization and cleanliness. At their home, her husband allowed me to explore nature on their pond and gave me creative freedom in his workshop. My Quaker Grandmother continues to teach me the importance of culture and appreciation, and I credit my Quaker Grandfather with helping me to find my true self during a cross-country trip as a teenager. I chose to become a professional organizer because all these experiences combined in me an attitude of tolerance, exploration, simplicity, and awareness. I enjoy helping people foster their version of an enhanced life by challenging them to stay physically active, maintain their energy with a healthy diet, exercise their state of mind and broaden their perspective.

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