Organize

From my normal health and wellness articles, these posts also contain tips and strategies to help you manage & organize your busy life.

There is a way to keep your busy schedule from getting you down. There is a way to ward off the headaches, exhaustion, and overload.

If you could stay organized — in a clean home, with a clear head — during the busy times, life wouldn’t feel like a rickety roller coaster ride. Instead, it’d be more like a smooth cruise along the scenic route.

But how do you organize head and home enough to turn busy into easy?

For starters, you might want to adjust a few things in your day-to-day routine. Nothing too drastic, these suggestions will help you begin to organize your busy life.

Spring cleaning ritual for my office space

 

I have a spring cleaning ritual for my office space.  Whether your workspace is a cubicle, corner office, or home office, here are my tips to make your office a place you want to be.  You want to be comfortable but also motivated, and finding the balance will help you to be more productive.

Start by putting everything you use for work on a desk or table.  Sort your stuff into categories, such as: work in progress, filing, tools, and decorative items.  Decluttering is easier once you can see what you have – and what you have too much of! Does your “tools pile” have 73 pens in it?  Go through and test each one. If it doesn’t work or you just don’t like the way it writes, toss it or give it away. Marie Kondo’s question “does it spark joy?” is helpful during this exercise!

When you’ve removed the tools you don’t need and done your filing, you can clean and organize your desk.  An in-basket or a hanging file rack can help keep track of current projects. Place tools according to how often you use them; lesser used items can go in boxes or drawers.

Finally, personalization: this is all about you.  It can be as minimal as you want, or you can have plants, photos, and decorative items covering your space.  Questions to ask yourself: how do I like to work? What inspires or relaxes me to help facilitate that? Have fun and let me know how it goes!

I like to start by sharing this: prioritization works. So, give it a whirl — I have even created a template you can use to try it out! Just download, print a few copies, and spend part of each day this week focusing on the few things that matter most. I think you’ll be surprised by how much you actually get done.