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    National Get Organized Week (GO Week), sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers, will be celebrated from October 6-12, 2002. The purpose of GO Week is to emphasize that getting organized saves time, reduces stress and increases productivity.

    In honor of GO Week I thought it would be appropriate to summarize some of the skills that we have discussed over the past year.

    • Break a large project into smaller tasks. Remember Mark Twain’s quote ”The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
    • Write down the things you need to do on a “To Do” list. Divide your items into three main lists:
      • Someday – Not important but have to get to sometime.
      • This Week – Need to accomplish this week.
      • Today – Need to accomplish today.
    • Being organized is having a place for everything and everything in its place. It is not being neat and tidy. Implementing a daily maintenance plan is essential to staying organized in an office or at home. By doing this you are designating a specific time and making it a priority to put things back in their proper places.
    • Household information centers are key when organizing a busy family. It’s the command center for the family. A place where everyone can write down and receive important information about daily events that effect the whole family.
    • Organization can not be achieved without discipline. Having the skills and following through with what you know are two different things. It is up to you to follow through once you know what needs to be done.
    • Analyzing is step one. Stop going through the motions of life and take a look at the way things are being done. Are you spending time on things that are truly important to you? Are you doing things a certain way because it’s always been done that way? Could you do things differently?
    • Agenda planning is a very important component to being and staying organized. Keep a calendar, to do lists, addresses and personal goals all in one place.
    • Remember my method to ESCAPE your disorganization:
    Evaluate/Analyze – Determine your needs.
    Sort – Sort before buying containers ALWAYS.
    Containerize/Categorize – Determine which containers or systems you need.
    Apply – Apply your sorted piles to the containers or systems.
    Plan – Make a plan so the mess does not creep up on you again.
    Educate/Evolve – Stay open to suggestions and change your systems as your needs change.

    GO Week only comes once a year. Take this opportunity to set a goal and organize one aspect of your life that you feel needs the most help. It is usually not as hard as you think. You need to make the choice to make it a priority.