Here is something I’ve come to realize the past few days: You don’t need to be an expert at the final steps of something before helping other with the first few steps.
Truthfully, I have my paperwork more organized than anyone else I know. When people come to my home or see pictures of my bookshelves with my many binders, they are constantly complimenting me on how organized all of my paperwork is. It’s true.
However, what is also true is that up until last week, I had 11 bins of childhood memorabilia filled with paperwork. Filled to the brim. None of it was organized. In fact, it was completely disorganized. Now, it is separated out by time period and set into binders, but it still has a long way to go before its organization matches that of the paperwork in the rest of the house.
When I mention paperwork to clients or in seminars, I am constantly receiving negative feedback. It is something that most people I work with struggle to get under control. This makes a lot of sense to me because paperwork embodies everything that is challenging about organization.
For many people, it is hard to come up with a system and rules that govern that system. Meaning that they don’t know exactly where they should put each piece of paperwork or where to find it later. Additionally, many people struggle around which papers to keep and which to discard. In the end, many people choose to just not deal with the paperwork situation at all. This causes the paperwork to pile up and become unmanageable.
Until this week, I felt that I couldn’t help people with the beginning stages of getting paperwork together because I haven’t completely mastered all of the paperwork in my past. Now I realize that isn’t true! I don’t have to be an expert at the ending stages to help you with the beginning steps.
So, starting Monday I am holding a Paperwork Challenge! I am so excited to get started! This will be Stage 1 – 90 Days to Manageable Paperwork. Each Monday morning at 9am Central I will hop on Periscope @TheLolaDart and give you your challenge for the week. By the end of the 12 weeks, your paperwork will be manageable! If you’re interested in joining, comment on Facebook or send an email to LiveandLearnwithLola@gmail.com.
Organizing is more fun when you know other people are going through it with you. I hope you join us!
August 27th, 2015