“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” – Albert Einstein
Some people are blessed with organizational skills. Their desks may be messy or neat, but they always know exactly where everything is, and things are set up to work efficiently. Other people, however, are organizationally challenged. If you’re among these people you’ve probably got piles of stuff you’ll go through “someday,” and you probably lose your car keys a lot.
It’s harder than ever these days to stay organized, but it’s not impossible. Disorganization creates additional work, making you feel even more rushed than you really are. You may find you’re late for appointments, or, if your problem is more serious, you may even forget to pay important bills. If you are disorganized, you will also find it very hard to stay on top of your business. However, anyone can learn to be organized. Here are ten tips that might help you keep track of your life and become more successful as a real estate bird dog:
#1- No right and no wrong: Remember that there’s no right or wrong way to organize your office. There’s only what works for you. Just as long as you can find things!
#2- Accept yourself the way you are: Find a system that works for you! If filing things works for you, then file away, just remember to check that file! But if you’re one of those people who won’t remember anything unless it’s “in your face” then don’t put reminders in a file. Instead, put them on your car seat, or put a sticky note on your rear-view mirror. In short, do what you have to do to get the job done, in a way that works best, for the way you work best.
#3- Set things up so you can do things just once: For example, when you go through mail, take care of the things that will just take a minute or two immediately. Then file away the paperwork.
#4- Keep a back up of everything on computer files: Remember, it’s not a matter of IF your computer will crash, it’s a matter of WHEN. Keeping a backup will make sure everything is secure, and then you don’t have to deal with paper copies of everything!
#5- Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed: If your office is a mess, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the prospect of cleaning. Start small. Tell yourself that today you will clean out just the front half of one drawer.
#6- Once you’ve got your office clean: Reserve a few minutes each day to re-clean, file paperwork, and do general upkeep. Don’t forget tip number 3.
#7- Get help: Look on the Internet for tips on organizing an office. If you’re really challenged, have yourself evaluated for adult attention deficit disorder. Hire an organizer or a life coach. Your increased productivity will more than offset the cost.
#8- Stay in reality: You have stamps, right, but where? The bottom line is if you don’t know where they are, then you don’t have any. That means you’ll have to budget time to find them or buy replacements.
#9- Invest in the proper equipment: Buy the equipment you need to keep it organized – dividers, files, more desk surface space, or whatever. Indulge yourself a little and make it fun. And don’t forget to put what you can on back-up computer files.
#10- Make it comfortable and pleasant: If you don’t like entering your office, there’s something wrong. Make it a space you enjoy.
Of course, there are many, many more tips for organizing. But the most important thing to remember is this: Staying organized is necessary and you can do it! Think it through and get help if you need it. You’ll find yourself with time you didn’t know you had!
Good organization is essential to good productivity and success as a “real estate bird dog”. Learn to do things in an organized way, or at least in an efficient way. Accept your shortcomings and work within them while you try to improve them. Find a way to organize that works for you and makes you happy! When you are organized, you can provide good, quality information in a professional way that will save your investor time and help them earn money, which in turn earns you money! Soon you will find yourself getting paid for your efforts and the properties you locate, and you’ll have real estate investors who are more than happy to work with you.