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Getting Others Organized

Know someone who's eternally messy? How to finally get your Oscar Madison to become Felix Unger neat.

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This story appears in the July 1999 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Whether you like it or not, when you're dealing with a spouse, associate or subcontractor, his or her organizational style (or lack thereof) can affect your productivity. Because we all know you catch more bees with honey, crank up the charm and try these ways to help someone get organized.

  • Use positive reinforcement. Instead of focusing on other people's disorganization, praise them when they make an attempt to get organized. They knows they're disorganized and don't need to hear your criticism.
  • Teach by example. You can't expect someone to listen to you extol the virtues of organization when you make Oscar Madison look orderly. If you've changed your style from disorganized to organized, be willing to share the secrets behind your transformation.

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