Holland & Usry May 2019

Why Organization Is Essential THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

“Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”

–A.A. Milne

Spring is here again. Along with the chance to enjoy the outdoors and take in the sun, the arrival of the season of renewal also brings an opportunity for some spring-cleaning. Whether you love or hate the act of tidying, I think we can all agree that a well-kept home functions better than a messy one. Nobody likes having to search around for essential items. If you’re the type of person who never has their can opener ready when it comes time to open a can of soup, you should probably do a little bit of reorganizing this year. I have to admit, I’m not the neatest at home but I certainly appreciate the importance of keeping the house clean and orderly. I can’t relax in clutter. Maintaining order is helpful for me if I want my home to feel like a home. At work, I’m engaged in a constant effort to improve my organization. It’s naturally my strong suit but also something I consciously work on. And I don’t just mean tireless desk upkeep. I try to set things up in the most efficient way possible. I don’t want to waste minutes each day searching for essential tools or information; I want that stuff at my fingertips so I can access it whenever I need it. Time spent fumbling around the office is time that could be spent attending to more important matters. Though our clients may not see it, our emphasis on organization benefits them, as well. In many cases, the bulk of a lawyer’s job is making sure that no loose strings are dangling and all aspects of

a case are monitored effectively. It’s pretty obvious how staying tidy with documents and digital information helps in this regard. I also have to give a lot of credit to our administrative staff for taking organization as seriously as I do. It’s awesome to work with a group of folks who genuinely care about serving our clients in the best way possible, even when that requires doing something tedious like combing through and sorting emails! Another thing I’ve learned over the years is that being organized allows you to enjoy your free time more. All we have is our time. The time you spend getting things in order may feel like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the added hours you’ll spend digging for objects and information when you’re not organized. Want to take a trip to the beach next weekend? It’s going to be a more enjoyable and longer one if you don’t have to take hours out of your day to assemble all your beach gear. I’m under no illusion that everyone can be perfectly organized all the time. All of us fall short of that lofty goal. What’s important is that we all take the time to get more organized. Spring-cleaning is the perfect time to do this. Take a few hours to put everything in its right place. You’ll reap the rewards for a very long time. –John Holland

It’s awesome to work with a group of folks who genuinely care about serving our clients in the best way possible, even when that requires doing something tedious like combing through and sorting emails!

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