I was once sitting on a beach chatting with friends when I turned to one of the guys and asked him if he had a watch. His response, “Do you want to know if I have a watch or do you want to know what the time is?” I remember thinking, “How rude!” but then I realized he was correct. Asking the correct questions means you will get the answers you are looking for. And yes, I wanted to know what the time was and not if he had a watch.
When it comes to getting organized, asking the right questions is the first step to getting organized. Important questions include:
- How many people are going to use the organizing system?
- Does the system have to match everyone’s organizational styles?
- Do I need to have a schedule for maintaining the system?
- What type of storage will work best?
- What are my personal roadblocks to getting organized? Am I sentimental about things? Do I have low energy when I am tackling tasks?
Adopting a strategic approach will help you with your planning and decision-making throughout the organizing process.
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