1. Get Motivated. Attitude is
everything. If you say, "I can't," then there's a good chance you won't.
However, if you say "I can," there's an excellent chance you will.
Take a few moments to think about how wonderful it's
going to be when you get that tool crib organized, or when you clear that
desk or table you call your "work space" out that has been sitting there
for the past year.
Think about how you will use all the extra time
you're going to gain, simply by getting organized.
2. Set Goals Make a list of all the
things you want to organize, whether those items are your shop, your desk,
or your time. When you're done with your list, choose ONE item on it. That
is going to be your MAJOR GOAL.
Now, take that major goal, and break it down into
smaller, bite-sized pieces. Those will be your MINI-GOALS. One by one,
you're now going to achieve each of your mini-goals, until each one is
completed. Once the final one is completed, you will have accomplished
your major goal. Here's an example:
MAJOR GOAL: Organize the my shop.
MINI-GOAL 1: Organize tool crib.
MINI-GOAL 2: Organize under bench area for
tools and/or large items.
MINI-GOAL 3: Weed out your magazine collection.
MINI-GOAL 4: Set up separate storage
areas for each modeling project.
3. Establish Deadlines "I'll get to
it, when I have time," never works. You're not going to have time,
unless you schedule time.
You should set a specific deadline for each of your
mini-goals. Here's an example:
DEADLINE FOR MINI-GOAL 1: A week from today.
DEADLINE FOR MINI-GOAL 2: Set this for one week
DEADLINE FOR MINI-GOAL 3: 2-3 days ought to
take care of the magazines
DEADLINE FOR MINI-GOAL 4: Use
three to five days each.
4. Designate rewards In order to
really get motivated, designate a reward for each mini-goal achieved by
your specified deadline. It has to be something really enticing, that you
will only give yourself WHEN you reach your goal. Time to model or maybe a
visit to a friend's hobby shop.
Your final mini-goal--the one that allows you to
fully complete your major goal--should be the reward that most entices
you. Here's an example: Buy that new model, or visit a hobby
5.Apply Effective Systems
It is time to stop saying “I wish this shop was a
little more organized.” Activate it instead.
By turning a wish into a dream... a dream into a goal... a goal
into a plan... THEN taking some action (however small) to move towards
your dream, you EARN the right to EXPECT rather than just wish and wait.
Success... rather than just wish and wait.