Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Location: Books & Such, Central Valley Office, California
Last week Janet blogged about a newfangled year and our New Year’s resolutions. I’m guessing more than a few among us resolved to be more organized in 2009. I know I always have a resolution or two about organization.
Some of us are naturally organized. We spent our kindergarten years organizing crayons and color-coding the blocks and beads. Our teachers smiled at us and told our mothers we were good at “sorting and classifying.” Others are natural Messies. We get inspiration from seeing things spread out on a horizontal plane or teetering in leaning towers of paper. Some of us relish jumping on a project and finishing long before the due date. Others are world-class procrastinators. The words don’t even begin to flow until the week before deadline.
God wired each of us differently. But it doesn’t mean that if you’re a Messy or a procrastinator that you have to settle for the chaos that can bring. Just because it doesn’t come naturally doesn’t mean we abandon it. Here’s the good news: Organizational skills can be learned and adapted for our own style. Tomorrow I’ll post a quiz I created to help you discover your own Organize IQ. I think the results may surprise you.
So why is organization important? For one thing, efficiency saves time. If you can find something at a moment’s notice or you only touch a piece of paper one time, you will have saved valuable minutes. Minutes add up quickly. On my computer, I have more than a half million documents but, because of my system of hierarchical files and a consistent formula for file names, I can find anything in less than a minute.
A well-organized office and well-designed systems save physical space as well, allowing us to have everything we need at our fingertips. I’ve always preferred a compact office. It keeps me honest. All my systems have to be seamless to keep my office humming along. Here’s the payoff: When we manage the mundane details, it frees us up to be our creative best.
I guess you can tell I love this subject. There’s nothing I like better than developing efficient systems and organizing spaces. This week we’ll have some fun discovering our own personal organizational acumen and identifying some new areas we might want to tackle.
But, most of all, we want this to be a discussion, not a monologue. Please add your comments, sharing your best organizational tip. Or tell us why you prefer working in a little friendly chaos.