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Career Tip #2 – Be organized

Dont be messy

This is something I am traditionally not great at. I have always just sort of taken care of things as they come and sorted things when I needed to. As I get older and older this works less and less. If I had a nickel for every time I said “I cant find…” I could buy half the stock in google.

There are a lot of reasons to get organized but lets go over a few:

1) It looks more professional
A clean desk and working environment makes you look (and feel!) more professional. Same thing with car and house. I don’t think I need to go into a lot of reasons why thats important.

2) Its easier to find things
There are few things more frustrating than trying to find some document that you put somewhere but have no idea where. I have a bad habit of misplacing bills and then forgetting about them. Not good.

3) It will save you time, money, and a lot of stress
And in more ways than just *ahem* avoiding late fees. There was a CD that in my college days I think I bought THREE times because I had no idea where it went. Well in relation to your career, lets say you have to leave on a business trip and you need all your business shirts. Now where is that black one? Is it in the pile of laundry? No? Ok maybe under the bed? No? Better go hurry and buy something to wear…

4) Studies have shown organized people earn more and are more likely to be promoted

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