2 Foundational Principles to Organizing Your World Students entering the Health Information Management Program will need to know how to organize their world. Their world will consist of vital medical records that have to be carefully organized for convenience and space. If you’re not an organized person, this can seem quite the challenge to you at first. Luckily, this is a skill that can be learned. The best way to learn it is to begin practicing organization in your own life. The following are two foundational principles to help you get into the organizational mindset.
Prioritize First, keep everything you need on a daily basis within easy reach. Organize your desk, your office, or your records in such a way that the most needed things are the easiest to get to. This means they are closer to you and more easily obtained. File or organize the things you’ll hardly ever touch further away and under other things (if necessary). Part of organizing is making important items easy to get to. You’ll need this skill in your studies for the Health Information Management Program and beyond into your career.
Eliminate Waste Second, learn to identify what is worth keeping and what merely takes up space. To some, this is very difficult, especially within the walls of your own home (where everything can have sentimental value to the one looking for it). The natural way of things is that people acquire stuff. Whether it be a pen you forgot to give back at the doctor’s office or the box that your TV came in six months ago, you will inherit a lot of seemingly useful things.
Pens are kept because you never know when you could use a good pen. TV boxes are stored because of the chance you’ll have to take it back or move. Although these are perfectly good reasons to keep both items, there is a point when that logic is no longer valid. That point comes when you have too many pens or you’ve held onto that TV box well past its return date and have no plans to move.
Practice Makes Perfect Practice getting rid of things from your life that you either (1) have too many of, or (2) isn’t really worth the clutter to keep. Give that pen to someone who needs it. Store something else in the TV box for the time being or throw it away altogether. You can always find a replacement box further down the road if you really need one. So practice keeping what you need and getting rid of the things that you don’t (note that this doesn’t always mean throwing the things you don’t need away. It can include giving things away to charities and Good Will). It’s hard to organize junk. It’s easy to organize what you actually need. Through your efforts to prioritize what goes where and learning to identify what is junk and what is useful, you will naturally slip into organizational habits. As these habits become subconscious, you prepare an organization skill that will ensure success in the Health Information Medical Program. Photo Credit: risaikeda, lightsoutfilms, Thomas R. Stegelmann via PhotoPin cc