So often when I’m working with clients or just observing others in their habits, I notice that many people will pick something up, figure out what it is and maybe even what action step(s) need to be done and then put it down in a pile somewhere for “later”. I’m always intrigued by this behavior because most of the time the action step is as simple as putting the item in a drawer, a closet, file, or in the dishwasher.
According to my observations, most unorganized people create piles and “get to it later” stashes all over their homes and offices. Which is really too bad–since the action step usually requires merely seconds to accomplish.
On the other end of the spectrum, organized people have a tendency to have a “just do it now!” mentality.
Here’s how they see things in their world:
If you take it out, put it back.
If you open it, close it.
If you start it, finish it.
If you take it off, hang it up.
If you use it, clean It up.
If you throw it down, pick it up.
And my particular favorite: No Empty Hands! (Remembering to carry something from one floor or room to another.)
For those of us who routinely do these actions steps, we can assure you that–with the right amount of hustle,–they only take a few moments of time.