If your New Year’s Resolution is to “get organized,” I applaud you and support you!
Getting organized is a fantastic goal for so many reasons, but let’s look beyond the surface for a moment. Think of the 3-year old always asking WHY? WHY do you want to get organized? WHAT’S the payoff? WHAT’S the driver?
For example, is the reason:
- To Make More Money? – Do you want to be more efficient at work? Do you want to spend less time looking for things and less time on administrative tasks, so you can focus on the core revenue stream of your business and make more money?
- To Be in Control? – Do you sometimes feel a loss of control over your office environment where you are in a reactive mode instead of a proactive mode? Do you yearn for a greater sense of control where you know where everything is when you need it? Do you crave order, but you’re working in chaos?
- To Save Money? – How much did you rack up in finance charges and late fees this year? Are you trying to tighten your budget? Do you find yourself buying duplicate items because you can’t find the original one?
Understanding the driver behind your goal will help you get through the tough spots and provide that extra boost of motivation to see the aim through to the end. Happy New Year and here’s to getting organized!
Heather Cocozza PMP, CPO®, is a professional organizer from Arlington, VA, who has been in the business for 8 years, helping people organize their lives, time management skills, and space. Cocozza previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Managing Consultant for 10 years and then worked for IBM as a Project Manager for 3 before using her skills towards professional organizing. She graduated from American University—Kogod School of Business in 1992. For more, check out CocozzaOrgDesign.com.
Coryn Cocozza is a junior at James Madison University majoring in Media Arts and Design and working toward her minor in Political Science. She is a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity and has goals to work in Journalism after graduation.