Organizational Skills

If you have trouble staying on top of things and constantly feel like you’re behind, then you should work on improving your ability to take time to plan and be more organized.
We suggest that you identify at least two routine but important administrative tasks that you tend to put off because you find them to be boring and un-stimulating. Establish a “standard work” process for each, including performance measures, as well as timelines, and then put it into practice. Try this for six months and evaluate your progress.
In order to be more detailed-oriented or organized, you will benefit from looking at new ways to keep yourself on track for meeting your goals and responsibilities. One thing that you can do is to look at any of a number of books that address improving one’s organizational skills. For instance, David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, is a popular source for organization these days. You should read it with the intention of looking for ideas that you can put into practice right away. You should also learn to be more consistent in the use of project management disciplines, which can help make you feel better organized and less likely to find yourself playing “catch-up” or reacting to emergencies. Consider signing up for a training program on project management either online or in peron. A good place to start is the Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org).