An organization resolution—February 24, 2012
It’s been 58 days since 2011 evolved into 2012. That day many of us resolved to improve our lives by eliminating something negative or starting something beneficial. These promises to ourselves may include quitting smoking, losing weight, reading more. My own vow, when I remember it, is to get organized for about the 13th year in a row. I really believe that most people are born with an “O” gene, while some of us just missed it.
When I first wake up, the first thing I do is stare into space and wonder “why am I up?” Fortunately, many authors are not only organized, but they share the secrets of an orderly lifestyle. One of the best books is “Sink Reflections”. Following the simple approach described by Marla Cilley should help transform a chaotic life into one of satisfaction, knowing that necessary chores and activities are complete.
I have a Master’s Degree in Procrastination, which is probably the worst enemy of an orderly existence. Among the titles in self-improvement books is “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy. That title forced me to explore the book further. As it turns out, that title is a metaphor for accomplishing a loathsome task. The idea is to wipe out the “yuk” list first. After that, remaining “to do”s should be a breeze.
Donna Smallin makes sense in the “One-Minute Organizer” with different tiny tasks described in short paragraphs throughout the book. For example, while chatting on the phone, clean out a desk drawer. Or empty the dishwasher while the coffee is brewing.
I just picked up “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life”. Roughly 300 pages are devoted to managing everything from vehicle maintenance to planning parties. There are ideas for budgeting, grocery shopping and even gift ideas. Many of the topics addressed in this book are ones I had never thought of.
Humor is helpful for overloaded, stressed out people. Self-described Slob Sisters, Pam Young and Peggy Jones refer to Chaos as Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome in their book, “Get Your Act Together”. It is based on their own reformation. It makes tackling a mountain of jobs seem less formidable, while providing smiles throughout the book.
“201 Ways to Manage Your Time Better” by Jim Axelrod and Jim Holtje is just that; 201 itemized hints for successfully restructuring a busy life. The ideas presented are in a “pick and choose” format with ideas that can easily become a helpful part of a reader’s routine.
After consulting these books and others for help in turning a frenzied existence into accomplishments, it is time to banish the excuses and get started on my own schedule’s renovation.