Now that you’ve taken the quiz to determine if you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic/tactile acquirer of information, it’s time for the next step in the process: taking action.
Knowing yourself and your information processing preferences can help you create an organization system that works best for you. Obviously, we can’t cover every possible solution, but these suggestions will hopefully get you headed in the right direction.
- Scheduling programs like Google Calendar might work well for you so that you can input and then see all of your appointments on your agenda.
- In your closet, you’ll want to have a lot of space and only the current season’s clothing on hangers. A hook on the back of a door can be good for displaying your next day’s outfit. You might also benefit from having your folded clothes on a shelf instead of hidden in a dresser drawer.
- Try your best to have an office with a door. You’re likely to go batty in cubicle land — especially in cubicle land with only waist-high walls.
- Carry a small digital camera or a cell phone with a camera in it with you at all times so that you can take images of things you need to remember. You may want to use Evernote to process this information.
- Consider setting timers or audio reminders on your computer to help alert you of meetings and other scheduled events.
- Carry a small recording device with you so that when you have an idea you can record a message to yourself. Most smartphones also have this ability.
- If you need to share an office, try to get an office with someone who works while wearing earphones. When you talk to yourself, he or she won’t be distracted when you need to talk through ideas.
- Keep all of your files in alphabetical order to help you find them more quickly.
- Have a headset for your telephone since you interact more reliably with people over the phone than you do by email.
- Feel comfortable pushing your office furniture against the walls so that you have space to move when you need to.
- Explore non-traditional desks when looking for office furniture. A drafting table or adjustable height table might work better for you than something that has a fixed height and angle.
- Keep a space for a small fan on your desk and a space heater under your desk.
- Exercise before going to work in the morning.
- Have as few objects on your desk as possible so that you’re not tempted to pick them up when you need to concentrate. However, you should also have a stress ball quickly available to squeeze when mulling over ideas or talking on the phone.
- You probably like to try on different outfits before choosing the best one to wear, so be diligent about returning the non-selected items back to their proper home.
What organization tips and tricks do you employ in your home and office that are crafted toward you information processing style? Please share your insights in the comments!
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.