by Judith Kolberg
Squall Press (January 1, 2006)
Purchase Conquering Chronic Disorganization
Getting organized isn't just about filing papers and cleaning out closets. Sometimes we need to clear out our minds and get a grip on our time. In her book, Conquering Chronic Disorganization (Squall Press, Inc.), professional organizer Judith Kolberg tells how to organize your papers, your thoughts, and your schedule. Try these tips:
Ignore your inner voice.
Can an office be too quiet? Sure. And that's when your inner voice - telling you to call back Aunt Becky, e-mail your friends, and get off track - takes over. For some, external noise can drown out the ruckus in your head. Try reading at a coffee shop, or working with the radio on - it may just improve your concentration.
Control your time.
Your office is neat, but your head is cluttered with priorities and your to-do list is too long. To make the list more manageable, take a file folder and label one side Now and the other side Not Now . Write tasks down on post-it notes and stick them on both sides. When you move one out of Now, move another one Not Now in.
Let it be boring.
Sorry, but filing issupposedto be dull. So don't get sidetracked by trying to make it interesting with artistic labels or perfectly placed papers. Stay focused on the real goal: getting organized.