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Wanna Get Organized? 4 Must-Do Steps

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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You’ve vowed to finally transform your “clutter mountain” into a “clutter molehill.” Now that your mind is set, how do you successfully negotiate the ins and outs of getting organized?

(1) Have specific goals.

Don’t say: I want to get organized.

Do say: I want to organize my estate.

Speaking in generalities leads to doing in generalities – or no results. Take the time to make specific organizing goals so that you get the fabulous organizing results you deserve.

(2) Calendar it to make it real.

Don’t say: I’ll get to organizing the garage when I have time.

Do say: I need to schedule a day to organize my garage.

If you treat organizing like a regular appointment, you are more likely to take it seriously and follow through on your get-organized goals.

(3) Focus on one thing.

Don’t say: This week, I’m going to overhaul my kitchen, organize my files, get ready for taxes, clean out my closet, update my address book, re-do my schedule…

Do say: This week, I’m going to organize my tax paperwork.

If you try to take on too many organizing projects, you will surely fail. Focus on one task, and one task only, until it is complete. And let that success, as little or big as it may be, propel you onward.

(4) Have a positive attitude.

Don’t say: Organizing my closet? Yikes! I don’t know if I can…

Do say: Organizing my closet? I’m ready! I’ll save so much time getting dressed each morning…

Your thoughts channel real power to help you achieve your organizing milestones – so think positively not only about the process but also the end result, and put those brain waves to good use!

So…how can you leverage these four steps to help you get organized? I’d love to find out! Please share your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to CarmenCoker.com for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.

Want To Make Your Organizing Efforts Last Longer? Here’s How To Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Want To Make Your Organizing Efforts Last Longer? Here’s How To Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

So you recently made a New Year’s Resolution “to get organized.” Well, you’re in good company! Organization is always a popular top ten resolution every year.

But now that you’ve set the organizing goal, how do you successfully negotiate the ins and outs of accomplishing it? Here are four simple tips to do just that.

1) Have a plan.

Don’t say: My New Year’s Resolution is to get organized.

Do say: My New Year’s Resolution is to better manage my time. (Or: tidy up my closet, organize my estate, etc.)

Speaking in generalities leads to doing in generalities, and you’ll rarely be happy with the outcome. In other words, if you don’t have decisive organizing goals, you won’t get decisive organizing results. Take the time to make a plan … you’ll be glad you put in the extra effort.

2) Make a schedule.

Don’t say: I know what I want to organize, and I’ll get to it when I have time.

Do say: I know what I want to organize, and I need to make a schedule of when to do it.

If you treat your organizing sessions like a regular appointment, you’re more likely to take it seriously and follow through with your plan.

3) Focus.

Don’t say: This week, I’m going to overhaul my kitchen, organize my files, get ready for taxes, clean out my closet, update my address book, re-do my schedule …

Do say: This week, I’m going to organize my tax-related files.

If you try to take on too many organizing projects, you will surely fail. Focus on one task – and one task only – until it’s complete. And let that success, as little or as big as it may be, propel you onward.

4) Have a positive attitude.

Don’t say: Man, this is gonna be hard! I don’t know if I can …

Do say: It may be a challenge to organize my house, but it’s a challenge with big rewards! I will have a home that makes me happy and that I’m not embarrassed to have other people see.

As Thomas Jefferson put it: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Your thoughts channel real power to help you achieve your organizing milestones – so think positively, and put those brain bytes to good use!

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No Wonder You Can’t Get Organized! You Have Cobbler’s Children Syndrome …

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

No Wonder You Can't Get Organized! You Have Cobbler's Children Syndrome ...

The word cobbler comes from a bygone era and quickly conjures up visions of Charles Dickens and not so much modern times. But the fact of the matter is, despite living in the 21st century, you may suffer from Cobbler’s Children Syndrome all the same.

Simply put, Cobbler’s Children Syndrome describes a situation where a cobbler spends so much time repairing shoes for all the villagers, that he has neither the time nor inclination to do the same for himself or his own family. As a result, he and his children have the worse shoes of all the villagers.

Now, I doubt you are a cobbler in the strictest sense of the word, but the irony of this syndrome can play out in many situations.

However, let’s focus on just one of these situations, which happens to be the severest of all – when you give and give to other people and causes, until you have nothing left to give to you.

Maybe you have a big heart. Maybe you have a hard time saying “no.” Maybe you feel you have to live up to a set of expectations. No matter the reason, if you have a tendency to take on too many things, it won’t be long before you start to become overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, and resentful.

And there’s only one way out of this downward spiral: become a gatekeeper for your schedule. And not an I’ll-let-anyone-or-anything-through gatekeeper but an I’ll-kick-your-butt-if-you-even-try-to-get-past-me gatekeeper.

You and you alone control how you use your time, with a few exceptions, of course. But if you don’t guard your time and use of it, then who will? You have to have high standards for how you manage your time … or else it – and all those extra, non-essential commitments – will manage (or should I say manhandle?) you.

© 2012 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

Would you like to use this article in your e-zine or on your website or blog? No problem, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Carmen Coker, a former U.S. Air Force officer turned professional organizer, helps individuals clear the clutter that holds them back from living their best life. Claim your FREE copy of “33 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life TODAY” at CarmenCoker.com/free-organizing-gift