Resources for Better Personal Organization
Getting Things Done: Personal Organization and Self Management Tips from David Allen
This is the website for David Allen's GTD Methodology, or Getting Things Done, a time-management method by well-known productivity consultant, David Allen. The essence of GTD is five steps to apply order to chaos and provide you the space and structure to be more creative, strategic, and focused: 1) Capture (collective what has your attention), 2) Clarify (process what it means), 3) Organize (put it where it belongs), 4) Reflect (review frequently), and 5) Engage (simply do). You will also have a better understanding of the Pareto law, or the so-called 80-20 rule. This principle will teach you some strategies on to focus on the 20 percent of your activities, and the remaining 80 percent is the result.
Organizing Secrets of Personal Organizers on WomansDay.com
The right strategy in organizing your home depends on your personality, lifestyle, and taste. But if you are confused in choosing the most applicable technique for you, it's time that you discover the secrets of some famous personal organizers. In this article at WomansDay.com, most of the organizing tips come from Kate Brown and Julie Isaacs, and interior decorator Christopher Lowell. According to Brown, make everything a one-handed operation. On the other hand, Isaacs suggests not buying storage containers unless you have already evaluated what to put in them. For Lowell, drawers are better to have container organizers for every specific item.
Discover Your Personal Organizational Style
There are many different styles in organizing your time and physical space. Here, personal productivity coach Natalie M. Houston has summarized some of them, as mentioned by Sunny Schlenger and Roberta Roesch on their book, How to be Organized in Spite of Yourself: Time and Space Management that Works with Your Personal Style. Each style is distinct from each other, and has particular strengths. These time and space organizing tips can be modified depending on what will fit your personality. If you are working with others, Houston suggests applying the Myers-Briggs system, which she uses personally.
Personal Organization on Oprah.com
Oprah Winfrey's site Oprah.com has several good articles on personal organization. Just search the site for the keyword organizing. At the time of this writing we find such topics as 3 ways to train your brain to get more done in less time, organizing for weight loss, organizing secrets from a Manhattan design guru, 5 things a professional organizer wants you to know, children and clutter, 10 habits of highly organized people, organizing for social change, how to cheat at organizing, organizing your work life, and even organizing your love life.