Every year, the second week in September is National Organising Week. This year has been the 4th, and for the last three years we (AAPO) had Dymo sponsoring our efforts.
There are competitions and free workshops all over the country – and Peter Walsh, Oprah’s Organising Guru comes “home” to give the event a bit of a celebrity shine.
In my role as Sydney Forum leader, I had the great pleasure to meet him yesterday for breakfast –me and 80 others.
A couple of years ago I worked with him on a before and after style TV segment, so it was nice to catch up. He gave a short talk, which ended up being mostly an answering questions thing, but he is very entertaining and clearly knows what he is talking about. He uses good analogies: finish the cycle– as you would never stop a washing machine mid cycle to leave it half washed in the drum for a week, you shouldn’t stop midway through any project.
Arrange your desk like a car is arranged for you. Have the things you use constantly at arm’s length – the stuff you use less frequently is in the glove box: you have to bend over to get to it. To fill the car up = get new paper or stationery, its fine to get off your seat and walk to a different end of the room.
And pay attention whether you are left or right handed. It’s good to pick up the phone with one hand and write with the other.