Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ask the organiser - lazy people

Can lazy people get organized, or is the Land of Organized reserved for energetic types?
This question from a reader made me laugh out loud :)
Oh Sherry, if you only knew!
I really believe that anybody can get organised because it's about putting systems and processes into place. Yes, some people have a natural tendency to be organised but really, the same things they do can be learnt by anybody else.
And as for lazy or energetic, I'm actually extremely lazy.
I am organised SO THAT I can have more time to spend with my husband, read, shop and help people.
But when I'm doing something, I'm totally there (in the zone) so I get it done!
Just to give you some examples...
  1. I measure out extra dry ingredients every time I bake.
  2. I always cook double as far as possible and freeze the leftovers.
  3. I prepare vegetables once a week so I only need to chop and dice once.
  4. I use my rules in Outlook to file emails for me immediately.
  5. I have MANY templates set up in my business so all I do is F3 and the autotext appears.
  6. I only file paper when my in-basket is full (about once every 7 - 10 days) but then it takes about 5 minutes because it's all organised.
  7. I only do laundry once a week so that I don't waste time loading, drying, etc. a couple times a week (this won't work for most of you).

What kinds of things do you do to save you time on a daily basis?


annie said...

I do three things at once almost all the time, like now... I'm feeding Iz, typing this comment and spending time with Matt. I save time by multi-tasking.
I posted a pic of my fringe curly for you.

Tina said...

Well, I do the laundry every morning so there's not a whole heap to do on the weekends, giving me more time for the family; make school lunches the night before; buy milk and bread for the week and freeze it so I'm not running down to the shop everyday; I give the shower recess a wipe over while I'm in the shower...I'm sure there's more things I do............thinking..............

Coach J said...

I've always heard that if you want to find out the quickest way to do a job, give it to a lazy person. They'll find it out. (Still might have to fine tune it, but you catch the drift...)