Personal Note from Julie: Discover Your Unique Organizing Style

Mar 18, 2016 | Organization

unique personalityJust like each person has a unique personality type, we each have a different way of organizing our space and time. And both of these things help determine our unique organizing style.

Organizing your space and your time means more than just straightening up and becoming more productive – it can also improve your overall quality of life! To figure out your time management and organization style preferences, I highly recommend using the Time & Space Style Inventory (TSSI™), which was developed by Cena Block, Founder of Sane Spaces, LLC.

When I went through the inventory, I learned that my dominant Time Style Preferences were Hopper and Perfectionist Plus.

As a Hopper, I naturally enjoy having many projects and tasks at a time because it helps me maintain my energy and motivation. The downside is that I tend to get distracted easily. I also get discouraged because I have so many open items going at once. So the key for me is setting myself up to hop well.

As a Perfectionist Plus, it’s important for me to create a to-do list and prioritize based on importance, enjoyability, and profitability. This way, I’m putting my best effort and perfectionist tendencies into the most important and most profitable items first.

My dominant Space Style Preferences are a combination of Everything Out and Saver, which I suspected.

As an Everything Out person, I need a system for processing paper: incoming, outgoing, trash, to file, to read, to do, pending, etc. I need clear or translucent accessories and poly folders to help me keep things in focus, and not out of sight and therefore out of mind. As a Saver, it’s very important that I create permanent homes for things so I can find them again later, and balance my kept items with the amount of available space I have. Color-coding is a great organization system that helps me accomplish that!

We’re sharing links on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages this week that can help you better manage your space and time. And this week’s feature article speaks to the six organizing personality styles and how they stay organized for life. Taking the Time & Space Inventory taught me how to work with my natural tendencies, instead of against them. And I highly encourage you to do the same!

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