I've been having a heck of a week already and it's only Tuesday! Staying organized has always been a huge priority, as it should be with any business. However, human nature does tend to take over and cause things to get out of hand before you know what's happening. This has been the case for me this week. What have I done to solve this problem before it nips me in the bud? Here's some examples of what I've done this morning to clear the clutter and organize myself:
1: I made a chronological list of all my weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly deadlines.
2: I got out my handy-dandy calendar and organizer and wrote in each deadline. This is typically a common practice as I pick up new assignments and clients, but you'd be amazed how quickly such a simple task can be forgotten.
3: I created folders for every item on the list. This is another thing I typically do when I pick up new assignments and clients, but again, this has slipped out of control. The piles of "I'll sift through those later" papers were ever growing on my desk.
4: You guessed it, I filed the folders! No more piles to sift through -- everything is where it belongs!
Something so simple has already made what started out to be a bad week look better. I find when I'm not organized, it shows in my daily activities and in my writing. I've heard so many times that if you follow the clutter, you'll find a creative person (or something like that), but I personally can't get things done if I don't have a system in place. This week is a prime example of that!