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Chapter 10. A Crash Course in Getting Or... > Three Ways to Get Organized - Pg. 96

A Crash Course in Getting Organized 96 organized presents a confusing array of choices. The important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to organize. Sure, some techniques and systems are typically more effective than others, but organizing is a personal thing. You have to take all the expert advice and use the parts of it that work for you. I don't claim to be a professional organizer, but I've spent more than a decade reading all the latest books on organizing and attending many seminars on the topic. (It's kind of a hobby of mine.) I've even led my own seminars on it and have seen what works for the many clients I've helped get their acts together. Most important, I've tested out various methods, systems, and techniques in my own busy personal and professional life. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination is not a book on organizing per se (there's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organizing Your Life for that). What I offer you in this chapter, and throughout the chapters in Parts 3 and 4, is a simple system that works for me and can work for you (or can be adapted slightly to fit your particular needs). Three Ways to Get Organized Just as Chapter 8, "Lightening Your Load," provided general guidelines for minimizing clutter, this chapter outlines the basic techniques for getting organized. In Part 3, you'll find more specific ideas for organizing various aspects of your life. This section deals with the three keys to organization: · Putting things, and keeping them, where they belong · Dealing with and filing paper · Making lists, scheduling, and working with calendars and planners Becoming and staying organized in these three basic areas will bring you one step closer to being