Do you follow Simply Placed on social media? We recently polled our Instagram community and answered these questions related to organization and productivity:
What’s the best way to overcome procrastination when there’s a big project to start?
This is a very common question that we hear. First, it is helpful to understand WHY you procrastinate. Once you get to the root of what is causing you to procrastinate, you can productively move forward with a plan to overcome it. Here are a few strategies to try:
- Remove the overwhelm by breaking the big project down into bite-sized, manageable steps.
- Identify the first step and block specific time on your calendar to take that step. We suggest the Eat the Frog for Breakfast method.
- Ask someone (we would be honored to be your “someone”) to hold you accountable. This is motivating and valuable.
Tips for dealing with decision fatigue when sorting through loads of clutter
Clearing clutter can be a physically and emotionally draining experience. We’ve said it before that organizing is a process, not an event. Without organized systems for managing things (paper, clothing, toys, memorabilia, etc.) and routines for processing things, clutter will build up. Clutter accumulates little by little until it becomes overwhelming. So, what are some things you can do when decision fatigue sets in when you are sorting through clutter? Here are a few suggestions:
- Set a timer and take short breaks as you work to clear your mind, hydrate, refuel, and move your body.
- Honor your energy and don’t work beyond your physical and emotional limits.
- Have someone there with you who can prompt you with the right questions when you feel “stuck” (Simply Placed is always here to help).
Closet organizing for my office? How? What? Help!
We like to teach acronyms when we work with our clients to help them organize their spaces. They are easy to remember and prompt you with each step in the process. When organizing spaces such as a closet or a drawer, etc., the SPACE acronym is the best place to start. It works like this:
Sort: empty whatever it is that you are organizing and sort like items together.
Purge: clear the clutter by getting rid of anything that’s not critical or valuable to your work in your office.
Assign a Home to everything that’s left. Categorize and store like items together and make sure the things that are used the most often are the easiest to get to.
Contain: consider containers, labels, shelf dividers or other tools that might help things stay organized.
Establish habits to keep it up!
Want more answers to your organizing and productivity questions? Need help starting or moving forward with an organizing project? Simply Placed would love to be a resource to you! Contact us for a free 15-minute consultation and we will take the overwhelm away and help you move forward with organized systems and habits.