I will not scoff at New Year’s resolutions. Yes, many go by the wayside, but I appreciate a call to pause, assess, and think about how we move forward in new ways as we enter a new year.
One of my fresh starts relates to handling the work of my office. I’m one of those people who need to see stuff—read “piles”—or I forget about things (out of sight = could slip my mind). But leaving everything out gets so messy and looks rather unprofessional. Lists don’t quite do the trick for me. I start multiple lists in different places. So when I came across a book about a highly visual project management system, I determined to give it a whirl in 2012.
Personal Kanban: Mapping Work/Navigating Life http://amzn.to/AvLC3V offered something I could relate to: making all you have to do visible on a board (instead of in a pile), and then literally moving work along—via sticky notes—as steps are taken for various projects. OK! Let me try that.
Here you see a table with piles.
Here is my start-up project board. Putting up colorful sticky notes is fun!
Here is a cleared table. The stuff has gone into file folders.
Let’s hope this actually helps me keep on top of things. Why? Because there are a lot of good ideas coming my way from current Upper Room authors and new writers who are submitting proposals. My job is to identify ones that align with The Upper Room’s mission and work with our editorial, production, marketing, and finance teams to get books out to individuals, small groups, and churches. And that’s an excellent reason to improve my work habits.
What motivates you to explore fresh starts in 2012?
(And please share your best organizing tips with me!)