Quickly & Easily Learn How to Get Yourself Organized
If you dont
know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? For
some of us, trying to get organized is neither easy nor natural. But
its necessary for anyone who wants to use time effectively.
Are you TP or CL? (TIDY AND PUNCTUAL / CLUTTERED AND LATE)
To keep things simple always a good idea for effective time management - well separate everyone in to two categories of organizers, the TPs and CLs. Your classic TP tends to be Tidy and Punctual. TPs keep a neat work and home space. They dont drop it on the floor. They put it in its place. If a CL drops if, the TP will probably pick it up.
A place for every thing and everything in its place that the TP motto. Socks get neatly folded and put in the drawer designated specifically for socks and nothing else. TPs tend to be detail oriented and perfectionists. Theyll see a project through step by step, checking and rechecking as they go. They have a tough time going on to the next step until the one theyre working on is completed to their satisfaction.
TPs are punctual. If they say theyll be there at 1:00 they arrive at before 1:00. Because they place such a high value on being on time, some TPs tend to become impatient with folks who dont one reason why interaction between TPs and Cls is not always pleasant.
If you like a TP, youll describe her as conscientious well organized and Meticulous.
If you dont like the TP, youll use word like picky , uptight and rigid.
Every thing the TP is, the CL Well, isnt CLs tend to be Cluttered and Late.
The CL figures if god had wanted clothes hung up, he wouldnt have invented gravity. Besides, the CL seeks out the stew.
CLs ignite with excitement in the idea stage of a project but tend to flame out when it comes time to implement.
When the CL makes an appointment for 1.00 its a rough estimate.
But the portrait of the CL shouldnt be all negatives. Some CL traits tend to correlate highly with characteristics also associated with creatively and divergent thinking:
· Tolerance for chaos and ambiguity
· Ability to accept failure
· High energy and enthusiasm
· Willingness to laugh , especially at him or her self
If you like that CL, You probably think of him or her as laid back easy going and flexible. But if youre the one who has to pick up after the CL, Your Descriptors might be Slob and inconsiderate jerk
Assessing Your Personal Style
By now youve
probably found your self one category or the other - perhaps squirming
a bit as you did. Fact is, youre neither all TP nor all CL. Each
of us is a mixture of traits, and any categorization of human being
will always be an over-simplification. Human characteristics arent
either or they present a range.
Very TP Balanced Very CL
If you want a little help in figuring out where you place on the TP/CL continuum, give your self the bathroom test. Hold on. This probably isnt what you think. Take a look at the bathroom after you get done with it in the morning. Have you squeezed the toothpaste tube carefully from the bottom and did you remember to recap it when you finished? Did you rinse off the toothbrush and hang it up in its place? For that matter, have you replaced that toothbrush within the last three months? Or did you swish a little water around in your mouth and spit?
The first description
is very TP and the second very CL. You wouldnt think of using
the last of the toilet paper and not replacing it with a fresh roll-would
you? A CL might, but a TP, no way. How many rolls of toilet paper do
you have in reserve? A TP will have plenty of toilet paper, is in fact
much more likely to run out of room to store the extra rolls.
Is your bathroom routine unvarying from day to day? Or is every morning a catch as catch can adventure? And yes, men, the eternal question of the toilet seat probably enters into our calculations here. If you live with somebody who cares whether you put the seat back down when youre finished.
Even if it doesnt seem like that big a deal to you-your compliance may say something about you on the TP/CL scale.
Breaking Goals into
Lets suppose one of your basic life goals is to maintain good health and physical fitness, who could argue with that? By now most of us know that physical well being bears directly on mental health, mood and ability to work and play. Now-what specifically, are you going to do about it? After a big of concentrated brainstorming, lets suppose you come up with these steps:
- Lose 25 pounds.
- Exercise regularly
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
Good start, but now you have to define these steps much more clearly. Lose 25 pounds seem straightforward enough, but even this goal requires a little refinement. Why do you need to lose weight? Why 25 pounds? How fast is safe? How will you maintain the loss when you achieve it?
And of course, losing weight is going to come down to the day to day matter of what and how much you put into your mouth. Are you going to try a prescribed diet or a weight loss program with prepackaged foods? Or are you simply going to cut down or give up desserts? You need to get specific.
Get out the calendar or the day planner. Work around your work schedule, of course, but dont automatically assume that you cant move some of your work obligations to accommodate your exercise. Also factor in family and other personal obligations and rhythms. Missing dinner at home for that workout at the Y will help you achieve your fitness goal but rob you of family time.
Finally, as much
as you can, accommodate your biorhythms. I exercise first thing in the
morning, which seems to suit me fine and gives me energy for the rest
of the day. But my regimen might be all wrong for you, and might cause
you to abandon your high resolve before youve given yourself a
When youve settled on appropriate times for exercise, write them down on the calendar and train yourself to consider these appointments to be as important as any others you make. When you begin your new routine, give yourself plenty of reminders.
In addition to the
notations on the calendar and the day planner, you might want to plant
post-it notes landmines where youre sure to stumble over them
during your normal work routine. Some folks can even program their computers
to give them periodic reminders. Give yourself visual clues- like a
sweat band next to your wallet or purse in the morning.
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