Over the years, I can’t begin to estimate how much time I’ve wasted looking for things I’ve misplaced—slips of papers with ideas on them, contracts, books, emails…
Can you relate?
I won’t try to fool you into thinking I’ve solved this issue. But this week, I will mention a few things I’ve learned.
It’s much easier to find things if you leave them in the location where you put them down the first time.
If I put things down once, I can usually find them again. But if I move them to a “better, safer” place, I can guarantee you I won’t remember where I put them.
The old adage,”A place for everything and everything in its place” really works.
The trick is to have a place ready for whatever you’re going to have coming in.
By having places for everything, you won’t do what I’ve frequently done—stand in the middle of my office surrounded by piles of clutter, feeling overwhelmed because I don’t know where to put any of it. Or worse, wanting to write, but not being able to because I don’t know where relevant information is hiding, and berating myself that before I can write, I have to first get my space in order. And that feels like such a huge task, I just want to walk away and forget about writing at all!
More coming on how to get organized so you have places for everything.