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Month: November, 2011

Preparing for the Unexpected

Perpetration is the key to most things. Honestly! There isn’t much that can get in your way if you are prepared and… Organized! I was SO sick this past week. Sicker than I have been in a long time. I had a busy week ahead and as luck would have it, I started to breakdown Sunday night.

Despite the sickly fog that was rolling into my head I had to prepare for my sickness. This is the same preparation I would use for a family emergency, an unexpected opportunity or anything that takes you out of your daily routine.

First, look at your schedule and determine what needs to be rescheduled and who needs to know about it. Contact everyone that needs to be in the loop about your absence. Email is usually ok, but phone calls and texts are good too.

Reschedule with a day or two buffer. I was certain I would only be sick for a day, maybe two. I was out for four days! As I prepared to be out I gave myself a five days (just incase) and boy did I need every bit of it. I picked back up without a glitch on current and rescheduled appointments on day five.

Once you have rescheduled put it out of your mind. If you need to check your email once a day that’s fine, but give yourself time to get better, focus on your family etc.

Make sure you immediately change appointments in your calendar so you don’t have to worry about sorting anything out after you’re back.

Being proactive, as soon as possible, is the best way to ensure you’ll have a smooth transition during an unexpected blip in your life.

Until next time. Happy organizing!

Reflection – the Essential and Underrated Tool to Organizing Success

As the end of 2011 approaches I start reflecting on the past year and setting out my goals for the coming year.

The benefit of solid short term and long term goals in your life are absolutely necessary – they provide a plan and the directions to get there.

Reflection is such an important part of the goal setting process. Among other things, it allows me to put the past year in perspective. I can read through journal entries, blog posts, vision boards, facebook status updates and get a pretty good idea of the highs and lows from the year.

It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget about the small successes we have in life, work and family. Setting aside a time to write down an overview of what you accomplished and what is still left to accomplish in the coming months is a great routine to create.

When you are in the middle of an organizing project you can lose sight on the big changes you’ve made because you can’t stop thinking about what is left to do. Reflection can help you keep this short-term goal in perspective and show you the big impact of small changes.

Here are a few suggestions on working reflection into your routine:

  • Keep a journal throughout the year – it doesn’t have to be a pink velvet diary – it can be a word document on your computer, but a central place that you can gather your thoughts from time to time and write about the happenings in your world.
  • Have goals to reflect on – It’s more meaningful if you are reflecting on specific goals – if you haven’t ever formally set goals use your first reflection time to brainstorm long term and short term goals – what does your ideal life look like? What does your ideal closet¬†look like? Set out a plan to get there!
  • Be honest with yourself – Use this as the time to analyze your past year’s performance in an honest way. How productive were you? What behaviors or patterns need to change to make 2012 the best year yet?
Next week will continue the theme of goal setting for a more organized life.
Happy Organizing!