10 Highly Organized Habits for Personal and Professional Development

by DerdriuMarriner

The June 2016 issue of Real Simple magazine lists ten highly organized habits that sustain personal and professional development at home and on the job.

Ten Highly Organized Habits Accompany Personal and Professional Development

Ten highly organized habits are conducive to big-impact, low-effect personal and professional development, according to an article consolidating over 15 years of interviews and published in Real Simple magazine’s June 2016 issue.

The two-page article by Stephanie Sisco, home guide author and magazine staff editor, brings together 10 organizational behaviors whose benefits are immediate, lasting, personal and professional. The ten habits cultivate respect for how, when and where space and time must be ordered, as epitomized in two article-specific illustrations by María Corte Maidagan.

The ten demonstrate two questions that Dr. Sherry Pagoto, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, recommends asking in scrutinizing habits. Makeovers expect to “address a major impediment” to the goal of being organized and to “have a measurable return on investment” by knowing where things are.

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Ten Highly Organized Habits Find What Fits Where

Separation of storables into bins, compartments, containers and pouches, as first of ten highly organized habits, frustrates the counterproductive tendencies of “big black hole,” one-stop storage. Keys otherwise get lost in roomy but undivided backpacks and handbags, and such table accents as candlesticks vanish amid such table linens as napkins and runners.

The second highly organized habit has personal and professional development task-pegged so that goodness is not the only reward for organizing daunting attics, basements and garages. Having a favorite drink, soaking in bubble bath or turning music up loud is a reward for keeping current on home repairs and on household laundry.

The third habit juggles current possessions with existing space so that stuffed animals fit into existing toy chests without spillovers warranting purchases of more storage bins.

 

 

On June 13, 2016, Real Simple Magazine ‏@RealSimple promotes Stephanie Sisco's article: "10 secrets of highly organized people"

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Ten Highly Organized Habits Keep Use in Mind

 

The fourth of ten highly organized habits for personal and professional development keeps storage of items of least use convenient and of frequently used objects closer.

The fifth habit lets on-the-spot, 30-second deciding where things go avoid sorting random piles the “weekend afternoon when you’re finally motivated to put it all away.” It merges with the sixth habit, of packing castoffs, giveaways and spillovers into the car trunk for drop-offs at such charitable organizations as the Salvation Army.

The seventh habit notes covering nooks with wall hooks so that hanging organizers, mounted racks and pegboards keep cleaning, hairstyling and yard gear “within easy reach.” It offers clear, clutter-free floors, just as the eighth habit organizes bookcase, cabinet, closet, pantry and refrigerator shelves into product-specific heights contrary to cramming or stuffing.

 

Bedroom Refresh: A Small-Space Closet Transformation ~ Stephanie Sisco regularly gives decluttering tips; the author of "10 Habits of Highly Organized People" also covers "The Great Closet Clean Out" in Real Simple's June issue and, here, clears closets.

Published on Mar 27, 2015, by Real Simple ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGJkkCL2V0

Ten Highly Organized Habits Proliferate in Happy Homes

 

The ninth of the ten highly organized habits pertains to arrangement by zones of “usage rather than type” for easy retrieval of food and of supplies. Practitioners of the ninth habit queue breakfast items together in the pantry, pet supplies near the back door, and pool gear with the mudroom’s outdoor tools.

The tenth habit recognizes that emotional attachments must not dominate purging decisions and that “a clean, clear surface is more satisfying than just having that thing.” The most convenient use of space and of time structures decisions regarding keepsakes, retrievals or tosses even though emotions surface in the final assessment and evaluation.

All ten turn the organization that works best for personal and professional development into the organization that works longest for “the greater good: a happier home.”

 

January 2014: Behinds the Scenes - Real Simple ~ Launched as a monthly women's interest magazine by Time Inc. in 2000, Real Simple aims for "creative, practical & inspiring solutions to make life easier."

Published on Feb 10, 2014, by Real Simple ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0tNCtwIY0g

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.

 

María Corte Maidagan, illustrator of "10 Habits of Highly Organized People," notes for her Twitter profile caption:

"Me dedico a la ilustración en Barcelona."
illustrator Maria Corte's Twitter profile picture
illustrator Maria Corte's Twitter profile picture

Sources Consulted

 

“About María Corte Illustration.” MariaCorte.com.

  • Available @ http://www.mariacorte.com/about/?id_lang=1

Brown, Dorcas. 15 August 2013. “My Inspirations: Maria Corte.” Global Blue > Discover > SHOP Magazine Cover Illustration.

  • Available @ http://www.globalblue.com/discover/shop-covers/my-inspirations-maria-corte/

Pagoto, Sherry. 3 May 2016. “21 Days to Change a Habit? Why It’s Not That Simple.” U.S. News & World Report > Health & Wellness > Blogs > Eat + Run.

  • Available @ http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2016-05-03/21-days-to-change-a-habit-why-its-not-that-simple

Sisco, Stephanie. June 2016. “10 Habits of highly Organized People.” Illustrations by Maria Corte. Real Simple.

  • Available @ http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/how-to-get-organized

 

Stephanie Sisco, author of "10 Habits of Highly Organized People," notes for her Twitter profile caption:

"So just love, make mistakes and have wonderful times, but never second guess who you are, where you have been and, most importantly, where it is you are going."
author Stephanie Sisco's Twitter profile picture
author Stephanie Sisco's Twitter profile picture
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

J Is for Jazz by Ann Ingalls; illustrated by María Corte Maidagan ~ Available now via Amazon

Artist María Corte Maidagan, who illustrated "10 Habits of Highly Organized People," is involved in a variety of illustration projects, including animation, books, book covers and posters.
María Corte Maidagan's art portfolio

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Updated: 08/27/2016, DerdriuMarriner
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 09/09/2016

katiem2, Thank you for liking the 10 tips that Stephanie Sisco so astutely shares and that María Corte Maidagan so memorably shares. The article is one of my all-time favorites for the humor and the wisdom. It seems to me that the author putting into practice her tweet "So just love, make mistakes and have wonderful times, but never second guess who you are, where you have been and, most importantly, where it is you are going" is what makes her writing so timely and user-friendly.
To paraphrase John Lennon, clutter is what happens when we're busy benefiting from and using what we've just organized!

katiem2 on 09/08/2016

I have a split personality when it comes to organization. I am either organizing and cleaning getting everything to perfection and then I go into creative mode writing and writing until one day I look around and think who has made such a mess of things, that would be me off in my own little world focusing on nothing but the page.... I have to cycle out of this mode and back to cleaning and eliminating to find my way back to my organized surroundings. Helpful tips you have included here, thanks.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/18/2016

frankbeswick, Thank you! Yes, there'd have to be a dialogue, and it shows because I'm coming up with either exceptions or variations allowed in all structured poetry, such as in the lines of Homer and of John Keats (and of course many others), or constraints that I feel in regard to the precise syllables of haiku, where it seems to me that some thoughts can be so limited and others really need another syllable or two to be complete.
A couple of years ago, a group of us were for fun summarizing the main thoughts of every religion we could think of in five words. It worked for everything except Islam since "There's no God but Allah" didn't sound as right as "There is no God but Allah."

frankbeswick on 06/17/2016

I think that where structured poetry is concerned there is a tension between structure and creativity. Without some structure thoughts are jumbled and nonsensical, but structure can become a prison or a straitjacket that stifles thought. We have to make our decisions about the precise structure of a piece of poetry by dialoguing with ourselves to inquire as to whether the structure which we propose facilitates expression or constrains it.

frankbeswick on 06/17/2016

I do not know of either of these writers.

I can understand that before the age of an agreed categorization system works could easily have been lost.

frankbeswick on 06/17/2016

I do not know of either of these writers.

I can understand that before the age of an agreed categorization system works could easily have been lost.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/17/2016

frankbeswick, It's no fun not knowing where a book is, particularly if alternative sources aren't forthcoming. Do you know of the mystery writer Donna Leon, whose books By Its Cover and The Jewels of Paradise I've reviewed? She thinks, as a long-time resident if Venice, that some famous music works aren't lost, but either escaped cataloguing or were miscatalogued in some of Italy's oldest, vastest libraries.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/17/2016

frankbeswick, I'll look forward to your conclusions, be it by Wizzley article or post!

frankbeswick on 06/16/2016

Having been at times a librarian I must confess that my library has always been neat.

frankbeswick on 06/16/2016

Deirdriu, I will have to think about your question on structured poetry and neatness. Thanks for the question.


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