As we strive to stay on top of our work and home projects we might notice how things end up piled up or strewn about. We need these visual cues to help us stay on track.
Two piles can have the same papers and be in the same order; however, one can be perceived as not organized when it is messy. Unfortunately, for those of us with working memory issues, the abundance of these visual reminders can lead to negative assumptions by others – that we are messy and not organized.
Sometimes neatness is important, like at work or when you have company coming over. I have noticed for myself that the visual clutter itself, can throw me off track.
So the dilemma is – how do you keep things visual and neat?
Folks like Martha Stewart tell you that you need more pretty file folders and bins to stash things away. Even if the “experts” tell you how to become more organized, if it doesn’t work for YOU, just say “no.”
Since there is no “one size fits all” solution, you may need to try a few things to figure out what might work for you.
Here are some things you can try.
- Make a checklist for each project to keep track of progress.
- Take a pause to write a reminder to yourself – where you left off and what you want to do next.
- Take pictures of things you want to remember.
- Too much backlog? Schedule time to make decisions – keep or toss?
- Keep a List – organize it by project, time commitment or most urgent, whatever works for you.
- Set a reminder at some point in your day and take 15 minutes to make things look neater.
If you want some individualized tips that might help you become more organized, email me — Mindy@yourlife-planb.com