Taking that first step to getting organized is always the hardest part. It can seem overwhelming and frustrating. So where do you begin?
The first step in the Productivity Pyramid System is determining which level of the Productivity Pyramid is the best place for you to start your Journey. To improve your productivity, it is important to ask yourself, where can I benefit the most? What area do you need the most improvement? Are you drowning in physical clutter or are you unable to find an email when you need it? The area where you need the most improvement is where you should focus on first.
In each of the five levels you want to identify what you are doing, or not doing. It is good to have a starting point. Once you have an idea of your current situation you can consider new approaches. Keep in mind there is no one right way, just the way that works best for you.
If you do not know what level to start at, cleaning up your physical clutter is a good place. Clearing up your physical clutter is vital to moving on. Every other step in the Productivity Pyramid System falls by the wayside without first clearing the physical disorganization. Even if clutter isn’t an issue, there is still room for improving organization. Think beyond filing cabinets to a system that works for you.
Here are some incentives to get organized. According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), the average American spends one year of his or her life looking for lost or misplaced items. According to a 2011 study by CareerBuilders, 28 percent of employers say they are less likely to promote someone who has a disorganized desk. Nearly two in five employers say that a cluttered desk negatively impacts their perception of that person.
Which level do you think is best for you to start at? And why? What systems are you using to manage your physical clutter? How can you improve them?
Think outside the box!