May 13

The One Where Everything is Organized

I’ve always been one to enjoy organizing. Perhaps it’s the Monica Geller in me, but nothing is more satisfying than when everything is tucked away exactly where it’s supposed to be, labeled and cross-referenced. Bonus if it’s also made to look aesthetically pleasing.

In light of the iconic Friends character as well as the recent phenomena that is Marie Kondo, I began thinking about some of the organizational things I do at home that translate over to the office. Here are three of them:

 

Making my bed before I leave in the morning.

This is a tough one. It’s easy to snooze your seven alarms, jump out of bed just in time to get yourself ready and run out the door to make it to work at 8:07 a.m. However, taking a moment to make your bed will not only give you some sense of accomplishment right when you wake up, but it will make getting into that much better later that evening.

Similarly, making sure your inbox has been managed and documenting your hours the end of each day will continuously set you up for success. No email will be left forgotten and,  from there, you can make a to-do list for the following day. This way, when you get in the next morning, there’s no scrambling to recall what you didn’t get to yesterday and you can enjoy your morning caffeine with a little more ease.

 

Giving everything a place.

I would constantly dig in every coat/jacket/sweater pocket I own if I didn’t always set my keys in a bowl near the door when I get home. I would also succumb to leaving piles of clothes and shoes in a dark corner of my room if I didn’t ensure everything in my closet was easily accessible and visible. It’s in forming small habits like these that I rarely waste time trying to find things.

While I personally find the Pinterest trend of labeling everything you own a bit tacky, in the virtual world — especially one where the VPN shared among several other people — labeling and filing correctly is KEY. By placing files in the right place and giving them appropriate names, you and your coworkers are never spending ungodly amounts of time searching for a PowerPoint that doesn’t exist or a photo from 2015 that’s in 2017’s folder. Even more specific, storing old versions of the same document in an “old files” folder is also helpful and prevents form sending over an outdated copy of your work.

 

Avoiding procrastinating.

Because I live right in between SPR’s office and EGR’s City Hall, I often go home for lunch. It’s incredibly easy to just leave the dishes from making my Caesar salad and leaving the stove greasy from frying chicken. Almost as easy as not folding my laundry as soon as it’s done drying (don’t get me started on ironing). But by cleaning up after myself before I head back to work keeps future Chiara from having to clean on top of all the other things I do when I get home.

There are always tasks or projects we don’t look forward to completing, whether it’s building a media list or monitoring social media or whatever makes your day feel longer. But procrastinating makes time go by even slower. To combat this and remain productive, however, it can be helpful to complete a handful of small assignments to gain some momentum before tackling the massive project or tedious task.

 

People often ask me why I like to be so organized. It’s refreshing, healthy and motivating both at home and in the office. Also, if I ever have unexpected visitors, I never have to worry about apologizing for having a messy space, not have an extra bottle of my favorite Three Brooms sauvignon blanc on hand or pretend not to hear any remarks from my mother. And while I don’t stay clean to please others — but rather for my own sanity — it’s an excellent side effect.


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