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And there I was flipping through all the PDF downloads and eBooks I had saved in iBooks on my iPad. It seemed like there were a million! And I wasn’t having any fun looking at them each individually to determine if I had read it or not and if it should continue to be saved.

I created a new category, Launch, and moved a PDF that promised me 6 figures if I followed their strategy. I sighed and deleted a 54 page eBook in which 30 of the pages were sales slides! C’mon people! Really?

And then I reflected on how long I’d been meaning to do this project – 6 months at least! Because…

Who has time to organize?!

I promise you that I don’t and I’m guessing that if you’re reading this post, you’re running a little short on time for your organization projects too.

I won’t keep you waiting because, well, who has time for that either?

We’re overcommitted and spread too thin. We don’t make organization a priority.

We’ve all got our reasons for the choices that we make. And frankly, it doesn’t really matter why we don’t make organization a priority because there’s a work around!

If you can’t organize, strategize!

Recognize and become aware that organizing widgets may be your weakness. Then stop beating yourself up over it! Own it and move on. Let go of the shame you have for not being able to do this thing better or differently. Forgive yourself, be brave, and find a way to create your desired reality in spite of whatever is standing in your way.

Here are 5 of my favorite ways to solve the organization problem using strategy instead of organization.

1. Say no. Limiting the amount of things that you’re responsible for and obligated toward is a good starting point to eliminating stuff you’re meant to organize.
2. Back-burner projects. And what I mean by that is, choose 2 projects you’ve committed yourself to that you will now put on the back burner for 6 months (or other appropriate amount of time) so that you can devote your full attention to your top priorities.
3. Get up early. You have the same amount of hours in your day as Beyonce. Get moving!
4. Go paperless. Most apps and software today forces us to stay organized because that is the way that the developers set up the systems to work. Take advantage of that built in strategy! Aside from the essentials like Evernote, Google Drive, and DropBox, I enjoy Acuity Scheduling Software, Asana project management, and Unroll Me Newsletter Management. (I’d love to know your favorites in the comments below!)
5. Accountability Partner. Invest in a relationship that will hold your feet to the fire, in a good way. Meet regularly and consistently with your partner (you might consider a life coach) to better manage your organizational skills and projects.
How do you strategize instead of organize?

Katie's bio pic  @MiltonKatie is a life coach who works with female entrepreneurs. She uses travel as a transformation tool. If you’d like to make a little extra space and time in your life she recommends her free coaching download, The Clean Sweep Tool to help you get started on your coaching path.