Before a long flight recently, I needed a book to read. Those of you familiar with organizing books will have recognized “The Life-Changing Magic…” but wait! The rest of the title was “… of Not Giving a F**k”. I was hooked!
The author is a seasoned journalist who applied the Japanese author’s principles to the commitments we make to ourselves and other people. Interesting.
What the book really does is talk about productivity (albeit in an attention-grabbing way).
Productivity is the ‘P’ in NAPO, The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. NAPO recently re-branded, acknowledging that productivity is an important part of organization.
Here’s why: The outcome of being organized is being more productive. This is just as important at home as it is at work.
It’s easy to see how being organized at work makes us more productive – we spend less time searching for important documents; we get to meetings on time; we spend less time in meetings; we are more likely to meet deadlines and meet them with less stress.
Being organized also enables us to be more productive at home – we spend less time searching for things; we have more quality time with our loved ones; we save money on replacing things we can’t find or things we realize we don’t need.
By setting an example, we also help our children be more productive – developing study habits that work for them; streamlined routines in the morning that reduce stress; getting sufficient, healthy sleep which contributes to improved focus and learning; setting up for being organized for life.
What contributes to your productivity? How do you help your children to be productive?