I’ve always considered myself to be an organized person, always looking for ways to be more efficient in my work environment.
But somehow I got buried in paper. File cabinets, organizers, piles…I was surrounded. I had to do something about it! It seemed like no matter how many times I created new files, bought gadgets to contain files, cleared my desk, that I would get buried and it was choking me.
Fortunately, I had met a professional organizer and decided to hire her. Now trust me, making a decision to pay money that was seemingly unnecessary because “I’m an organized person” was a big step. And it paid off!
Rita came in and changed everything! More in a mental sense than anything. She asked me the question, “How easy is it to duplicate (fill in the blank).” This was one of my biggest hangups because I thought if I printed it or bookmarked it that I could get to it. But I realized that I was filing things to keep them rather than to find them later.
She worked with me for two hours, side by side, making me make decisions. Should it be tossed? Was it valuable and hence needed to be archived? I couldn’t believe how much we got done in a short period of time.
That got me started and I have continued to work on piles, whether they be hard copies or digital. I’ve been closing chapters in my life, tossing things or setting them aside for a yard sale.
I am feeling more in control of my surroundings and developing direction for the new year. I’m glad I didn’t wait to get started until January 1 to make a resolution because now I am ahead of the game and ready to move forward in my business.