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The 7 Habits of Highly Organized People

Being well-organized is a habit that can benefit every aspect of your life, especially your work life. You'll save yourself anxiety, stress and inconvenience as you increase your focus, success and life satisfaction.

Following are general principles for organizing your life, and they're also good for creating a well-organized office:
  1. Assign a logical and convenient place to keep every item you own.
Decide the most logical and convenient place to keep each item; always put it there and only there. Keep like things together and store items closest to the place you will use them. If you use some categories of items in more than one place, have duplicates.
  1. Put each item away as soon as you're finished using it.
Avoid the habit of setting something down "for now." All too often, it stays there "for ever." Eventually you'll have an unruly stack of stuff to sort through. It's your choice: a moment now, or hours later.
  1. Regularly dispose of items you don't use.
Clear out things you no longer use so that it's easier to find what you do have. Give them to someone else, donate hem to charity, re-purpose, recycle, or just admit it when they're junk and throw them away.
  1. Only buy items that you really need, really like, and have sufficient space to use, display or store.
It's a waste of time, money and space to buy something you won't use, don't enjoy, can't see or can't find when you want it.
  1. Keep all your time commitments on a single calendar
Use one calendar to block time for both business and personal activities. Enter all appointments and tasks along with the amount of time they will take, allowing some time each day for the unexpected. When your calendar is full, you must delay or outsource whatever remains. Recognize that there's no other choice.
  1. Decide how to manage information.
So much information comes in every day that you need a procedure to handle it, whether it's in paper or electronic form. Get guidance from your financial and legal advisers on what information to keep and for how long. Go through your paper and computer files on a regular basis and delete or shred information you don't need.
  1. Make the best decision you can with the information you have at the time.
Physical and mental clutter develops when decisions are deferred. You will never have enough information or time to discover and evaluate every possible course of action. When faced with a decision, do your best and move on. If new information comes to light, you can change your mind later.

posted on: 6/27/2010 9:00:00 AM by Elaine Quinn, Author & Speaker
category: Business

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Elaine Quinn is an internationally recognized expert on organizing, time management and productivity for the work-from-home solo professional. She is the author of "There's No Place Like Working From Home," filled with tips for solopreneurs who want to get organized, stay motivated and get things done. Learn more at www.NoPlaceLikeWorkingFromHome.com.

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