This is really your first organizing test. To make the time to get organized takes a bit of organization and more than a bit of commitment.
Now, before you add the time to your calendar, I want you to think about the size of the project you’re committing to and how you work best. If you have years worth of paper to go through, you may not be able to do it all in a day, especially if you insist on going through every single one, so you may need multiple days. If you need to move furniture, you may need assistance, so make sure to schedule time when you will have help, not an afternoon when you are home alone. And if you know you will get bored after 1 hour of sorting through stuff, then schedule several appointments with yourself to get the job done. And really don’t force yourself to sit at a task for 8 hours when you know your mind quit at 1 hour, that is a real waste of your time.
So now that you have put some thought into how much time you will realistically need and how best to schedule your time, you can are ready to make the commitment to your calendar.
Don’t forget to check in with yourself and make adjustments as needed. This is where people really get lost in the organizing process. You make a plan and then you execute the plan – right? Yes, and no. So I want you to have a plan, but don’t be rigidly committed to the plan if it isn’t working for you, but don’t use this as an excuse, not to get organized. Have I lost you yet? Be committed to the time and the tasks, but if you find that 1 hour sessions really dip after 35 minutes, then maybe 2 30 minutes blocks of time during the day is better than one long hour session. If you find that you moved your physical layout around and now the sun is in your eyes during your best working times, move the desk again.
Don’t stick with a plan that isn’t working, but don’t abandon your goals either. I know that once you start to see results it will help to motivate you to do even more. Please share how you are doing with the scheduling time to get organized in the comments below.