Getting organized starts with how well you manage your time. However, in order to remain organized, you need to incorporate the 2nd step and everything has to “sync” with the way that you think and feel. That is the reason that I suggested that you know what personality type you are in the First Step.
Another tip that I want to share is an article from Acupuncture.com titled: Making Time Count that has made a profound difference in my life. Because of this article, I have made revisions in many of the ways that I do things. It has become the base of everything that I do. Below is the article:
When time is gone, it is gone forever; be mindful of time. Enjoy your time on this earth, and make it as wonderful as you possibly can. Spend some time alone in silence; hopefully in a natural environment.
Keep household clutter under daily control in order to maximize free time. Do a few chores every day, so that your free time will be freer for fun. Prioritize; do the most difficult things first and get them over with.
Pre-organize and pre-plan large-scale projects like garage cleaning. Large projects may need to be broken down into several smaller, achievable stages. Plan a reward for yourself after completing a particularly daunting project.
Say no to time-consuming, free time activities that are not important to you. Consider all the possibilities and then pick just one or two fun choices. Include people who are important to you in your favorite pastimes.
Allow yourself to make mistakes; worrying is a waste of precious time.
Being organized relieves stress, saves money, helps your health, and saves time. With so much benefit that can be realized, I hope that you will consider trying some of the techniques that I suggest.
As with the story “FISH!” by Stephen C. Lundin, those fishmongers made one single revision to the way they were selling fish and the change caused customers to have fun while standing in line waiting and looking forward to shopping at the fishmonger’s stand again. That change did not cost them one single penny.
With all of that said, now that you know what personality type you are, assuming that you took the quizzes that I offered in the First Step, let me provide some suggestions of how to match personality types with techniques to get, and stay, organized, which is the 2nd step.
Some people display characteristics from several personality types. When you understand what personality type you are, you can develop successful techniques to work in unison with your traits. This goes for organizational skills, dieting, studying, learning, working, etc.
Type A: personalities tend to be high strung, want immediate results, and tend to be perfectionists. They get anxious quickly and; therefore, tend to be proactive to avoid potential stress. This type thrives with personal achievement and when opportunities are complemented with incentives.
|Deadline Driven||Goal Driven|
|Hard Workers||Hate Delays and Being Late|
MANAGEMENT: At work with Type ‘A’ personalities, you’ll get “buy-in” faster when they know an intended task and expected end results that must be competed and let them coordinate the task list and team to complete the task. They will enjoy the task even more if there is a reward of some type at the completion of the goal.
Type B: personalities generally are easy-going, don’t get upset if they don’t achieve the intended goal, can relax with no guilt, and do not get anxious over work that has to be done. This type thrives best when working with others because they are very social.
|Slow and Steady||Sociable|
MANAGEMENT: At work with Type ‘B’ personalities, you’ll get “buy-in” faster if you put them in an atmosphere where they are free to interact with co-workers as opposed to putting them in a solitary job. This type is good at organizing conferences, events, front line with customers and other areas where there is a high level of interaction with other people or employees.
They want to be liked and therefore, are great at building relationships because of their accommodating attitude. They are not competitive because they want to be liked and prefer to avoid the friction if they win a race. They enjoy achieving goals; however, do not get overly stressed out if they do not complete the goal but rather will re-group and tackle the goal from a different angle.
Type C: personalities are frequently introverts, avoid opposition because they are not good at debating or quick on their feet. They are thoughtful and detail oriented. This type thrives when tackling detailed-oriented tasks and prefer systematic methods of completing tasks.
|Strive for Accuracy|
MANAGEMENT: At work with Type C personalities, avoid fast-paced work environments. They love working behind the scenes by themselves, are systematic, detail oriented, and doing number crunching tasks. They are more concerned about being correct than getting a task done. They want all of the information before they embark on tackling a task and want to be in total control of the entire situation. They are not competitive.
Type D: personalities tend to be motivated by new challenges and are results oriented as opposed to being detail oriented. This type thrives when they can complete repetitive tasks and activities, are motivated by projects that produce noticeable results.
|Enjoy Challenges||Good Listeners|
MANAGEMENT: At work with Type D personalities, they thrive on accuracy, are very dependable, and can work well by themselves or with others. Like their Type C counterparts, their strengths are with systematic and detail oriented tasks. They prefer routine tasks and avoid change. They are driven to complete tasks; however, are not competitive. You can motivate them by offering security and detailing the benefits of the completed tasks.
Organizing by yourself
- Type A: Create a master list for yourself of all the tasks that need to be completed and then break the tasks into sections that can be started and finished in one sitting. If a section is completed and there is time to start and finish another section, this type will automatically start the next section. Lay out the task and sections along with how long each section will take to complete in a planner, whether it is an electronic planner or a paper calendar.
- Type B: Invite a friend or a relative to work with you to chip away at a task. Order lunch or dinner to be delivered so when the both of you get tired of working at the task, you can take a break. Schedule another time when you can complete the task, if it was not completed the first time.
- Type C: This type pretty much can tackle any task and will be okay if they are unable to complete the task and just have to pick up where they left off the following weekend. If there is a way to share tasks so the minutiae can be left for this person, it will go better. Type C would prefer doing taxes or financials.
- Type D: This is another type that works well by himself/herself. He/she is a self-starter and is focused on completing a task. This person will be at his/her best with tasks that have to be completed repeatedly such as kitchen (dishes, clearing the counter, etc.) because it takes almost no time at all for dishes to pile up in the sink. Let this person set task reminders for repetitive tasks and will even be okay by completing part of the task in 15 minute intervals. This type is driven to complete a task so will not talk himself/herself out of starting again the following weekend.
Organizing with Personality Trait Teams
- Team 1: Type A & B
- Team 2: Type B with Type C or Type D
- Team 3: Type C
- Team 4: Type C and Type D
Team 1: Provide the intended end result and let the team come up with their plan of action to complete the task. Example: ask them to clean the kitchen, with all component parts and let them decode the best way to complete the tasks. The reason I suggest the kitchen is because there are many drawers, cupboards, and appliances, which all must be cleaned in different ways.
Team 2: Make a list of items that need to be organized or cleaned. Let the team nip away at a room such as the living room and ask that they complete the list in 2 or 3 weeks (working one day each week)
Team 3: although a Type C can work with others, they do best by themselves. Let them organize tax paperwork or regularly update the financial records.
Team 4: Repetitive tasks: Sorting through stacks of papers, filing, photography of individual possessions for insurance
Please leave a comment regarding how this concept works for you.