Once you feel you are relatively organized you probably want to know how to stay that way.
Knowing how to get organized is a change process.
You set up systems that take you from one state – ‘disorganized’, to another – ‘organized’.
Staying organized is all about habits.
If you habitually put your keys in the same place every time you come home, you’ll know where they are. Next time you need them, you can locate them
Learning how to stay organized means you can have, be or do things easily. You apply minimum thought and time to achieve the results you want.
How to be organized
Use your systems. Got a good thing going with your current paperwork filng? Do you always know where your cell phone is? Whatever system or habit you built, use it. Stick to it, tweak it if you want, and return to it when you slip up.
Stay balanced. In ’The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People', the late, great Stephen Covey proposed the ‘P/PC’ balance. It refers to Production and Production Capability. Take care of your production capability (your systems and habits), and you’ll produce consistently good results.
Stay aware. Habits slip unless maintained. Once you’re organized, support your awareness to keep up the good work. Visual reminders are effective. Sharing your success with others is even better.
At the time of writing I play in a band. We have a system – meet and practice every Tuesday evening.
We do this to ensure a good balance between our 'production capability' (practices), and our 'production' (gigs).
We support our awareness by writing it in our diaries. We tell others via our website and marketing.
Some weeks, our system goes down and we don’t meet up. But, sooner or later, we always return to our Tuesday night ‘production meetings'.
If Tuesdays ultimately proved to be too inconvenient for everyone we could always 'tweak' it and meet on another day.
Think about the systems you use. What works, what could be better, and what should you re-ignite?