Even the most organized teachers have their moments and likely have (hidden) spaces that may not be as organized as they wished they were. It's just part of being human.
I consider myself a pretty organized person, having tried, chosen, and maintained particular systems in my classroom and home. I do this because I know they keep me on top of the things in my spaces.
But, at this time of year, we are all beyond tired and stressed. We can tend to let many things slide - including our organization systems and good habits - and not think twice about it.
Here are three things to consider when you feel the slide. Consider why you shouldn't let your organization systems get ruffled as you move into the holiday (or hibernation) season:
1. You likely already have a bunch of good habits established for putting things away in the right places. Keep those good habits! If you let those habits slide, you will have to retrain yourself, and you already trained!
2. When one thing slides, it's easy for another area to become lax. Be careful of this because before you know it, everything will end up on top of your desk rather than back where it belongs.
3. Delaying the restart of your system or starting a new one to January 1st also delays your efficiency and sense of satisfaction. So why wait? I know you are tired. I've been there. But taking the 10-15 minutes to sort those papers or google drive docs will be done, and you won't have to do it later. AND - you won't keep putting it off because it will be done!
This time of year is tough. Taking a few minutes each day to maintain your organization will save you time, energy, angst, annoyance, and all the other frustrations in the long run. Do yourself a favor now and be one those people who stays organized most of the time.
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