How Organized Are You?
Being well organized takes lots of time and effort and there is a lot to remember. Below
are good tips to help you to remember it all:
1. Jot it down. With the many details that you have to remember in any given day, why
should you try to keep it all in a memory bank? At the very moment that you remember
something needs to be done, the very best thing to do is write it down. Then, just as you
need to recall it, it will be there for you in an instant.
2. Keep it all in one place. Once you have developed the knack of writing everything
down, your next step will be to keep your writing all in one place. You will remember
better this way. Otherwise, you are going to spend valuable time searching for your notes.
3. Stay healthy. A keen memory is a well-nourished mind. Eat healthy; get plenty of
rest and lots of good exercise. These will all see you through to having a good memory,
staying focused and being alert.
4. Record your every thought. You might find yourself driving when a good idea about
organizing comes to you or you might recall something that you really need to write
down. No need to pull over and start writing, record instead! Pull off to the side of the
road and use a small hand held tape recorder. This is a wonderful tool to carry around
with you, to record your thoughts, or your parking space number, or even a memorable
telephone number you see on a billboard as you drive by. Use your handy recorder to be
your second eyes and ears.
5. Call ahead. When you are at the office and you want to do something when you
arrive back home, call ahead to your answering machine and leave yourself a message.
As soon as you get home you can listen to your message and remember exactly what you
wanted to do.
6. Be confident in yourself. If you keep saying you have a bad memory, you will
probably continue to have a bad memory. It is important to have a motivated, I CAN
7. Handy email reminders. There are many good and free e-mail reminder services
available. You can type in what you want to remember, such as a welcome party,
anniversary or special event, and you will receive an e-mail reminder when the date is
approaching. This is a terrific way to jog your memory by Internet.
8. Use sticky notes. Those wonderful, little sticky notes are the next best thing to sliced
bread! They are amazing as memory helpers. Want to remember something prior to
leaving your home? Just mark it down on a Post-It Note and stick it to the inside of your
door. The bright, neon colors will be great to catch your eye as you are leaving. You will
not likely miss it! Need to make an urgent call first thing in the morning? Leave a Post-It
Note on your telephone.
9. Use timers and alarms. Take advantage of alarm clocks and timers throughout your
day. Have to take the clothes out of the dryer by 12 noon? Set your alarm clock to remind
you. Want to leave for the ladies luncheon by 7 p.m.? Set your timer to beep a few
minutes before it is time to start to get ready.
10. Visual memory joggers. Visual reminders will help you remember and stay focused.
Use visual reminders for remembering your goals. If your goal is to take a trip to Ireland in a few years, keep a magazine photograph of Ireland right on your desk. If your goal is to lose 30 lbs. in six months, find a picture or ornament that will help remind
you of this goal each day.
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