Friday 4ALL: The New Year Resolution with Fly Lady

New Year’s Resolutions!  You hear it on TV and on the radio.  What is yours?  Is it to lose weight? Read more? Eat healthier? Exercise regularly?

Well mine is to keep my office organized.  It is so easy to come home from a meeting and drop everything on my desk or in a pile and leave it.

For my personal decluttering I have been using a website.  It is known as the Fly Lady. She sends out an email everyday with tips for you to keep your house decluttered.  Her motto is that you can do anything for 15 minutes.  Yes!  I can do anything for 15 minutes!
Fly Lady sets up zones in the house.  For example the zone for this week is the entry, and dining room.  I have decided to zone my office and work space.  It is the same idea only I tweaked it to fit my red zone.  Zone 1 is the desk top!  If I can keep it organized and decluttered, then I can work more efficiently and I will be more productive. Zone 2 is a side table that I seem to use to dump all of my materials when I return from a meeting or training. Zone 3 is the book shelves where I keep books and files.  And Zone 4 is now the rest of the room that seems to accumulate things that go in other parts of the house.  Last but not least is my computer desktop, it will be Zone 5.  So now Monday through Friday has a zone.
Hmmm….   “I can do anything for 15 minutes!”  Here it goes…

I set the timer for 15 minutes and I am off to work on Zone 1. (This technique could be easily tweaked for use in a classroom.)

Stephanie Bengtson is an area specialist for the eMINTS National Center.