Organizational skills are learned, not something that a lucky few are born with. Like anything new you are learning it will not happen in a day — it’s an ongoing process.
Realize that we all have the power of choice in our lives. It is up to us whether we use that choice to improve our situations or do nothing and live with the status quo.
Keep what works. Everyone can identify at least one area in their life that has some order. What is it for you? Is your checkbook always balanced and your bills are paid on time? Are all your music CD arranged by genres? Do you have a calendar that is always up to date and helps you get to appointments on time?
Once you spot the areas where you have tendencies to maintain order, you need to acknowledge them and build on the organizational skills you already have.
Remove what isn’t working and is holding you back. This list may be longer than what is working but you need to be able to see the big picture to make improvements.
Take a look not only at habits that are not working but also your expectations and beliefs.
Add something new — it may be a habit, technique or a product that helps you work more efficiently. If you want a different result, you have to change your behavior.
There are many tools that can help you improve your organizational skills. Something as simple as a small basket or tray can be used as a landing zone by your front door. Each night empty your pockets and place your keys and cell phone in it so you can always find them.
Action can be the most important step. Nothing will change if you don’t start. Once you have identified the areas where change is desired you need to develop a plan to methodically improve your organizational skills. Set smart goals and put them in writing. Schedule a realistic timeline for making them happen and check off the steps as you complete them. You can succeed one step at a time!
Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”