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Simplify your life

Getting organized goes a long way to making life easier

September 6, 2013
By MIKE HUGHES - The Scene , Times Leader

Tired of being a daily contestant in the at-home game show "Where Are My Keys?"

Tired of giving yourself a face palm when your answer to your bosses query about an important project is "I forgot" or "I haven't had time to finish it yet?"

Tired of having never being able to complete all assigned tasks because you are unable to prioritize and simply run out of time?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and more than likely, if you answered yes to one you answered yes to them all then perhaps it's time to get organized.

Ok, there's no perhaps about it. It's time. Just admit it. You'll feel better.

After all, the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem.

And if your daily morning routine involves a hunt for your car keys, or your wallet, or that important document for a big project, then yes, there is a problem.

But first, let's face facts. Some people are just born naturally drawn to organization.

They thrive on it. The phrase "there is a place for everything and everything has its place" isn't just a saying for these types of people. It's a mantra.

Obsessive? Maybe. Controlling? Neat freaks?

There's a good choice. But when it comes to crunch time, these are the people who are always prepared, always turning their work in on time.

They are the organized and they are to be envied. Or, if not envied, their behaviors should at least serve as a model for the rest of us who fall into the category of "the disorganized."

There are a select few who are truly able to function at an optimum level when flying by the seat of their pants.

They thrive on chaos and work best when operating on a whim, fluttering back and forth from task to task.

They make it work and make it look easy in the process. But again, they are few and far between.

The rest of the populace attempts to emulate this behavior, either our of preference, laziness, or some combination of the two, and fail miserably at it.

Something is always getting forgotten or left out.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

You don't have to forget assignments. You don't have to show up late or forget appointments altogether. You don't need to install a homing beacon on your smartphone or car keys.

The best part is accomplishing this doesn't require you becoming a full convert to the overly organized.

There are simply steps one can take to do a better job of getting with it.

Some people are on the cusp of functional organization.

They only need a push in the right direction to fill out their daily planners and stick with them.

A simple to-do list or reminders programmed to go off on their smartphones are enough to show a marked increase in productivity.

This is where the public's obsession with cell phones can come in handy.

You'll be hard pressed to find anyone in an office setting that doesn't have their iPhone or Android phone either constantly attached to their person, or in close proximity.

There are a number of free time management apps available for download that can assist budgeting your time.

They even come with handy little sounds that can be set to go off when an impending assignment or meeting is approaching.

Of course, there are those who suffer deeply from disorganization who even this method of time management doesn't even help.

These people even forget to fill out their daily calendars in order to be reminded by them.

These are the people who make a to-do list and forget to check it.

These are the individuals who devise an elaborate shopping list, only to head out the door to the grocery store with that list still sitting on the counter.

These are the folks who require outside assistance in getting a handle on theirr rampant disorganization.

Thankfully, there are people like Lisa Snodgrass at Just 4 You Organizing.

Snodgrass offers a free consultation. She performs an audit of your needs and wants. She discovers what you're doing that isn't working and devises a plan to correct the situation.

Snodgrass realizes that everyone's needs are different.

They have different priorities and move at different paces.

She tailors a budget plan specifically to each individual and if her clients are able to stick with said plan, great gains in organization and time management can be made.

That's just the personal aspect of organization.

Chances are, a person who needs an audit of their personal organizational skills likely needs one of their home as well.

Emotional and psychological clutter tends to lead to physical clutter in the workspace and in the home.

A quick stroll through the office is all that is required to find the unorganized amongst you.

They are the ones with a mound of papers on their desks, or post it notes scattered all throughout their workspace.

Snodgrass can help yous simplify your life by helping you declutter, downsize and get you focused on things that are important.

She can be found online by visiting or by calling (740) 483-0116.

Hughes may be reached at



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