If having your stuff in constant disarray is a problem … if you lose things or spend a lot of time looking for things … if you are never exactly sure what you have on your plate … if you forget appointments or have scraps of paper everywhere … this Get Organized Challenge is for you.

Let’s take a look at the problems of disorganization first, then show the three habits we’ll need to form to get organized and keep things that way.

The Obstacles of Disorganization

There are a number of disorganization obstacles we have to tackle in this module, including:

OK, phew! That’s a lot of things to think about. Luckily, our plan will simplify things a bit.

The Habits of Organization

Let’s take a look at the habits we’re going to need to form, and then we’ll dive into the plan for this module.

Please note that while there are a number of habits, we’ll form them individually, and continue to build them even after this month is over.

The habits:

  1. Find a place for everything: Every type of information should have a place. Every possession should have a “home”. In the first week, we’ll focus on designating those spots, and from then on we’ll focus on the habit of putting things in these spots.
  2. Create time for organization: Organization takes some time. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Designate a little time each day to start your organization, and then to keep it maintained.
  3. Put things away immediately: This habit is the key to keeping things organized. When you have an incoming email, a web page you want to read later, a task, a piece of mail, you should put it where it belongs. Then you always know where things are.
  4. Be on time: We’re going to work on our commitment to showing up on time for others (and ourselves) because it shifts a lot for us.

And some other elements of our plan to remember: