Lillian Graning is back with some helpful tips and strategies on how to keep your $#*t together in the dog days of summer. Because nothing says summer like cleaning off that desktop or scheduling your maintenance tasks.
1. Put it away … now.
The simplest thing you can do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, document or bag away immediately after using it. This way you won’t waste time looking for that one thing “I just saw around here.”
2. Assign one maintenance task to each day of the week
Whether it’s at home or in the office, set aside 30 minutes at some point in the day to do a specific maintenance task. Monday might be watering plants day (many good plants had to die before I adopted this structure). Tuesday might be clean out your email inbox and so on – just something small, that is non-emergent, but needs to be done with some frequency. This frees you from the constant nagging feeling that there’s always something to do, but never enough time in a day to do it.
3. Unapologetically take control of your time and priorities
Somewhere along the way, someone made us feel bad for saying “No.” In my opinion, no is the second best option for the person asking.
Instead of agreeing to something and then not being able to give the time or attention that task deserves, you’ve expressed in a genuine manner that you aren’t going to be able to help in the way that they’d like. This allows you, and your team, to stay on track and focus on the tasks you’ve identified as priorities. And it gives the asker the opportunity to find someone who can dedicate the amount of attention the project deserves.
*Important distinguisher: “That’s not my job” and “I don’t think I have the capacity to help you in the way you need me to right now” are very different things. Be mindful of how your responses are framed.
4. The internet is cool. Try it!
There are hundreds of thousands of organizational tools on apps, the web, and software these days. If you have a weak point in your organizational process, don’t hesitate to hit the ol’ Google search. Chances are you aren’t the only one with the problem, and someone’s already worked out a solution to solve it.
The fastest way to getting old is to stop learning. So keep trying new things and don’t be scared to type in “How to remember to rinse the shampoo out of my hair before exiting the shower.”
Learn to trust people with critical tasks in all areas of your life. When you learn to effectively delegate tasks you actually find that it is easier to keep the stuff you cannot delegate better organized. Delegation also increases buy in from your professional team members and family. Take the time to explain exactly what you need and trust that the people in your life will do their best to achieve the expressed goals.
Lillian Graning is the Chief Marketing Officer for the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority serving Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, and Nicholas counties. She serves on the board of directors for Generation West Virginia and Active Southern West Virginia. She enjoys helping nonprofits and small businesses bring their brands to life while building a stronger regional business network. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Charlie, and their one year old daughter, Mary Eliza.
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