What did you do yesterday? Can you remember the details? What about last week? Our memories blur the farther we get from them. When my Dad died 4 yrs ago, I remembered many details. His voice, laugh, and manner. And as years separate me from the details, there’s a standout memory that Dad continually taught me:
A place for everything and everything in its place.
I knew how engrained it was when I blurted it out the first time to my sons. I, of course, got the same reaction I gave my Dad when he was teaching me. Eyes sure roll quickly around their sockets!
As I started to put it into practice, 3 things happened:
- You get more done. Knowing where you put things saves time. You can easily find what you’re looking for! It also saves money since you don’t have to re-buy the things you’ve lost.
- People rely on you more. No one likes to use or be around a disorganized person. Organization leads to effective processes.
- It’s contagious. When practicing these; people see the benefits and try to accomplish similar.
Pretty good rewards, eh? But how can you adopt this way of life?
- Set aside an afternoon or evening to organize your most-used workspace. Eliminate and simplify.
- Decide to touch things only once. If it eventually needs to happen or move; and it’s in your hand, do it now.
- Regularly realign and adjust. This should save time and not add complexity.
My Dad ingrained it into me. I hope I honor him when I practice it. But I certainly honor my Heavenly Father when I use my time wisely and look after the things He’s blessed me with.