January is Get Organized Month and even though it’s the last day of the month, there’s still lots you can do in the upcoming days and weeks to make good on your goal to get more organized.
To help you along, I asked several pro organizers and productivity experts to share some of their favorite tips…great for you DIYers. Check them out below…and click here, here, and here (and here, too) to see past tips.
1. Melanie Dennis Keep computer passwords organized by using an address book. Gather all those post-its stuck on the computer and in the desk drawers and enter them — A for Amazon, B for Barnes and Noble and so on. Great for children and older adults. With so many people going paperless on investments, it will be important to those handling estates to be aware of your accounts. I feel better knowing that my husband could close accounts and my website if anything happens to me.
2. Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton A good daily routine is the most critical step in being organized.
3. Naomi Seldin Organize things in a way that makes sense to you where you can see them. I don’t keep everything I own out in the open, but I try to organize as much as I can this way because a) I’m a visual person, and I find it a lot easier to find things I need quickly when I can see them, and b) It reinforces to me how much I have and keeps me from acquiring more than I need.
4. Janice Simon Write it down! Get it out of your head.
5. Janet Barclay As you add new items to your to do list, organize them according to type of task (e.g., phone call, email, online, errands, etc.) rather than general categories such as client, marketing, personal, home and so on. You’ll be much more productive when you focus on one type of activity at a time instead of popping from one to another throughout the day. It will also give you a better idea of how much time you’re spending on those activities and help you plan your schedule more accurately in the future.
6. Brandie KajinoWhen choosing a technology tool, make sure you think before you click. Consider the cost, learning curve and easy of use. What’s right for another person may not be right for you. Take your time, and pick a tool that will work for you long term. Choose wisely and make the tools work for you!
7. Sandy Jenney When sorting use Black trash bags for trash & white trash bags for donate. So you won’t accidentally mix them up.
8. Julie Bestry Follow the Ice Cream Rule! When you return home with groceries, you immediately put ice cream away in the freezer to keep it from becoming a melted, sticky mess. By putting away the ice cream, you’ve followed a basic rule of organizing: “Don’t put things down; put them away!” Treat each thing you bring into your home…and eventually, each item you endeavor to organize, as if it had the potential to create the same sticky mess as melted ice cream. Teach the metaphor to your family or housemates so that you can encourage one another to “put away the ice cream”