5 Simple Ways to Organize

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Admit it! Sometimes you can be overwhelmed by seemingly endless streams of paperwork and wonder if you will ever be able to organize it all. Emails or Ezines that you want to keep, ideas you found on the Internet, school papers, notes of ideas that popped into your head as you waited to have a tooth filled, newspaper clippings… You just file and file and file and then forget where that ONE article was that you needed to complete the project that was due last week!

Phew! It is all very tiring.

Being a list person is a great help. If you are busy juggling a career, family time, and taking care of your household, as well as trying to have a little bit of fun — well it's time to start thinking about becoming a list enthusiast. Time to simplify your life!


For all of the super-busy people in this world, there are a number of very clever and yet simple ways to help organize your life and keep your sanity.

Use Notables

Keep a small notebook and pen handy. Take it wherever you go and then just jot down ideas or appointments or things to do instead of trying to remember them and then forgetting them later on.

Use Good Telephone Habits

Establish a time limit for each telephone call and make sure you tell your caller. That way you save yourself lots of stress from trying to end the telephone call. This will also aid your caller in condensing the information they want you to hear. This one sounds meticulous but is a major saver.

Use Waiting Time

The next time you visit your dentist, meet with your boss, or while waiting for your dinner to cook, take the time to catch up on reading or planning. When that is done use the time to sort, tidy, or just think.

Do it Now!

Do not allow for the luxury of procrastination. If you do, this will only stress you out when you think about that hateful “to do” item on your list. You will end up blowing your “to do” list right out of proportion and it will become almost impossible to accomplish. Start by tackling the largest or most disliked job first, dividing it up into manageable tasks. At this stage, the other jobs will be a breeze!

Be Your Own Systems Engineer

You simply find there is too much time wasted every day on searching for things. Find a new system that works for you and your lifestyle and then apply it to absolutely everything! Use it like clockwork and you will find new time slots you never thought existed!