Continuing with the same theme as last time, I want to "debunk" another misconception that comes to mind. Many believe that "multi-tasking" is necessary in order to be organized. This is so untrue.
While multi-tasking can definitely be useful in certain situations, sometimes it can actually cause you to lose your focus. You are distracted by too many things at one time.
For instance, I had a client once that was a graphic designer, named Sue. She told me about a time when she was working on a very important design project for a major client. Since she felt she was an excellent multi-tasker, she was always fielding phone calls while she was working on this project.
When the time came to present her project to her customer, it was immediately brought to Sue's attention that there was a major omission in the marketing piece - their phone number! Needless to say, Sue was very embarrassed. She had to take additional time to edit the piece and resubmit it to her clients.
Following this incident, Sue recognized that if she had let her voice mail field her phone calls for her while she was working on this project, she would have fully focused on the project at hand, checking it thoroughly without interruption and would have submitted the project correctly the first time. She recognized how she originally thought multi-tasking would be productive, but instead learned how counter-productive it can sometimes be.
Whenever you are faced with a larger, more daunting task, you need to block out everything else around you so that you can pay complete attention to that task or project.
This type of distraction can also be true when working on an organizing project. I help many of my clients stay focused on the task at hand which enables them to complete the task more efficiently and completely. When I work with them, we are setting aside a specific amount of time to accomplish a particular task. I do not allow them to wander off to another room or begin another project until the one we are working on is completed.
You will find that working with a professional organizer will enable you to stay focused and get those long overdue projects behind you. Keep it in mind...
The next time, we will discuss the art of "flexibility".
In the meantime, if you have any organizing questions or problems you would like me to address, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to help.