Casual Friday and then some

Stroll into any public place and you will see an amazing number of poorly-dressed people.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for dressing comfortably (where appropriate) but lately we seem to have become a nation of slobs.

So before you think that those pajama bottoms and that stained “nice rack” tee are appropriate for meeting your friends for coffee, consider how you’re being portrayed to the people around you.  Is that what you want them to think of you?  What if one of them was a potential boyfriend/employer/client?

What reaction are you going for?  Sort through your clothing and start building yourself a wardrobe around the impression that you want to be projecting.  Then learn to take care of what you have so that you’re not making a clothing compromise at the last minute.

I’m not saying that you need to become a fashionista or that you should be overly concerned about what others think of you.  However, if you’re searching for career advancement or a significant other, how you present yourself will hold a lot of sway over the other party and you never know when that opportunity might be showing up.

Organizing is a never-ending task

Organizing may sound tedious but it will give you more time for the rest of your life.  It is a never-ending task because you will periodically find new things to be organized and there will always be maintenance with any organizational system.  We’ll start with a basic system that can be used at your home or your office.

  1. Group like with like.
  2. Place items near point of use.
  3. Keep items that are used together, together.
  4. Place more frequently used items within easy reach.
  5. Use organizational aids judiciously and do not overbuy.
  6. Label, label, label.
  7. File paperwork in a timely fashion.
  8. Give everything a place and if you remove it, put it back.
  9. Divest yourself of items you don’t need.
  10. Assess your system at regular intervals.