I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
On your journey to building your profitable practice, every entrepreneur needs to be organized and laser focused.
Organizational skills for the unorganized
You might find that some or even all aspects of your life are unorganized. Shifting through the chaos can seem like an impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The key is to evaluate your situation and make small steps toward an organized life. Don’t try to change all at once, or you could end up just adding to the chaos.
Here are some tips and tricks to follow in order to get more organized:
1. Have a place for everything. There are certain items that you use nearly every day. Make sure that these items have a permanent place in your home or office. Put your keys on a key holder near the door or your wallet in your desk drawer. When your things are put away in their proper place, you’re not only organized, but you’ll save time as well.
2. Make a list. When you have tasks to complete, make a list of everything you need to do in order to reach completion. Writing it down will help you to visualize what needs to get done. Lists also ensure that you don’t forget to do anything. You can also separate your list into long-term and short-term categories. The short-term list might be items you need to complete today, while the long-term sheet is your monthly and yearly goals.
3. Start small. If you’re trying to get organized, start with the small pieces first if there are many aspects of your life that you’re trying to get organized. For instance, if your home is unorganized, start with one room–the kitchen, for example. Give yourself a timeline to complete kitchen organization then expand to other rooms once you’ve completed that task.
4. Find a system that works and stick to it. You can choose to implement many different organizational methods, but the most important element is to use it consistently. Make sure you understand it and follow through. For example, there are different ways that you can organize your bookshelf. You can order all the books by author, you can order all the books by topic, or you can order by topic and author. Once you choose a system, all you need to worry about is following through on that system.
5. Get rid of clutter. If you find your life is full of clutter, it’s time to get rid of the junk. Maybe it’s time to finally go through all the stacked boxes in your garage to make more room. When you’re going through your clutter, decide immediately whether or not you’ve used the item in the past couple of years. If you haven’t, consider selling it or giving it away to charity. Always remember that your first instincts are often correct. If your first instinct is to get rid of something, don’t overthink it. You could end up keeping something that sticks around for another couple of years unused.
6. Sort your mail. This is a simple one that can help you immensely. Your mail can stack up fast. As soon as you get it, sort it. Throw out the junk mail and shred the documents you don’t need that might contain personal information. Take care of your bills right away, so you don’t have to worry about it later.
7. Go paperless. In this digital age, it’s popular to cut out the paper to save yourself some organizational headaches and save the environment. When companies bill you, there’s usually an option to go paperless. Use this option to start managing your billing statements online.
Lastly, don’t get overwhelmed. Of course, there are many things you can do to get yourself organized. Try to make a positive step forward each day, even if it’s something small. You’ll soon find that your life is becoming more manageable, and you’ll feel a great deal of satisfaction.
I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.
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