Stop Putting it Off

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Q: How can I stop procrastinating on the big things? A Professional Organizer Responds:

Many of my clients tell themselves they’ll tackle the big projects as soon as they get organized. Some even say they plan on taking a weekend to do it. This will never happen. And that’s because we have it backward: The only way to get something done is to start doing it. Stephen Covey, author of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says that in order to fit both big rocks and pebbles into a jar, you have to start with the big rocks. Start with the pebbles and there’s nowhere for the big ones to go. When teaching time management, I don’t just explain how to prioritize your to-do list; I ask you what your goals are. What do you want most? What’s in your way? When you know where you want to go, the individual steps become clear. Make that call, send the e-mail. Do one thing each day that gets you closer.

Sharon Lowenheim is the founder of Organizing Goddess, Inc.

Before the Bell

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Buy supplies early and get more than you need. Most schools don’t distribute a list of necessary supplies until the first day, but why wait? Buying early, say the beginning of August, means you’ll avoid the inevitable long lines and price hikes. “Last summer, I bought notebook and folders in every color,” says Sharon Lowenheim of Organizing Goddess, Inc. “Whatever my kid didn’t need, I brought back.” Staples even lets customers return items purchased online to a physical store, so you don’t have to deal with shipping hassles.

Schedule It or Toss It

Did you ever have in your hand an invitation to an event, or a schedule of upcoming lectures, performances, or exhibits that sounded interesting but which you weren’t ready to commit to?

Chances are you added the invitation or schedule to a pile of paper on your desk, or put it somewhere in your file cabinet.  Months later, you came across it and said, “Oh, I’m really sorry I missed that”, and threw it out.

So what really happened here?

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