Is it Time for YOU to Prioritize?
Only if it's a priority in your life do you act. It's like getting up to go to work. I personally hate the shock of hearing the alarm go off, demanding I leave my warm and toasty bed. But out I go because it's my priority to make enough money to pay the rent, feed me, and allow the indulgence of the odd Ebay purchase now and again. I don't have the luxury of relying on another person's income encouraging me to craft a sick day excuse. So the priority is to sling myself into my home office, even if it's just to write this blog.
In many ways, we let the ranking of our disorganized spaces lapse to the bottom of the Priority List. The longer we push our clutter aside for another day, the lower standing on the list it goes. We say, "It's not that bad. I'll take care of it tomorrow"...but the heap on your desk screams for you to raise its priority. Am I right?
As a Professional Organizer I can show you HOW to organize and WHAT to organize, but I can't necessarily get you to WANT to be organized. It's your personal priority. But let's look at the costly and timely alternatives when you don't give decluttering and organizing a higher ranking on the list. more... read more...
Before the time of paperless and electronic payments, the mail on my desk got noticed when I got "round toit". I knew about when certain bill payments were due, and I felt I didn't need the reminders, did I? Facing creditor notices wasn't a pleasurable activity, especially during a time when I experienced a personal loss, so I opted to do other things that were more enjoyable. Well, you know where this is going.
More often than not, I didn't remember, so when I actually opened those bills I the due dates had passed. As a result, I ended up paying increased interest on my accounts. One year, I estimated I suffered over $200 in penalties as a result of not putting a priority to open the mail immediately and leaving my memory to chance. Sound familiar?
Likewise there are hefty pay penalties with IRS notices, no-shows at doctors' appointments, disregarded reminders about insurance, credit card payments, etc. And all because of neglecting the priority of opening mail immediately.
$200 sure went a long way in those days, and I could've enjoyed a nice meal with friends or bought for a lovely little black dress with that money. After countless times of getting dinged for my neglect, I promised myself I'd never get lax with my mail.
Nowadays, I prioritize like crazy. In fact, I look forward to seeing what treasures USPS has left me. I view it like having Christmas everyday! Yes, I know, sounds a little nuts, but hey, I'm on track!
Making a habit of going through the daily mail will save you LOADS of money in penalties, potential lost deals, and important event notices you can plan for or prioritize in your life. The result? Liberation! It not only frees up my space, but frees up my head. It's like checking off another thing on the To Do List, having a great feeling of accomplishment, and not wasting any part of my day.
My challenge to you is to try this for ONE FULL WEEK:
Go through the mail immediately when you receive it. Don't just use your desk or counter space as a target for mail dumps.
Sort it in 3 piles: Toss. Action. Read.
Just do it!
Reward yourself in small way each day you complete this task (a really, really good macadamia cookie is my idea of a good time). In whatever way you want to reward yourself, Just Do It!
If you implement these short steps for a full week, it's pretty much guarantee you'll be more organized in your paperwork, and have greater peace of mind about it. Keep going for a minimum of 3 weeks and you'll soon discover you just incorporated a really good habit into your daily life. It will become second nature to breeze through your mail. Congratulations!
So try it...you'll like it!
Here's wishing you a clear road to a clutter-free life.
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