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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Get It Together!

Written by our guest blogger, Patrick L. Kerwin, MBTI® Master Practitioner

“This year, I’m going to get organized.” How many times have you said that, or heard others say it?

First, let’s take a look at that word, “organized.” Often being an “organized” person conjures up an image of someone who has a system in place where everything is put away, neatly arranged in order, with a minimum of clutter and a maximum of tidiness. With this as a standard, it’s no surprise that so many people feel disorganized!

But really, being “organized” means having a system in place that allows resources to be accessed easily when needed. Think about your own room or workspace. Whether you have things all over the place, or have them neatly put away, can you find what you need when you need it? If so, then you are “organized”!

If you answered “no,” then you do some things to come up with a better system. And the easiest way to get there is to remember your type! If you prefer P, go with your style, and adjust your expectations. Remember, it’s not about having it all put away, it’s about having a system that works. Your first step might be going through one pile of stuff and getting rid of what you don’t need. Or see if you can consolidate two piles. Take it in small bites, and keep it fluid. And if you prefer J, go with your style as well. Is there a stack of stuff driving you crazy? For J’s, the goal is often about putting things away – so go through the pile, trashing items or putting them away, until you’ve worked your way all the way through it. Getting that closure will make you happy.

Whatever your type, you can get it together!

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