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
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.
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.
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Although these are perfectly good reasons to keep both items, there is a point when that logic is no
longer valid.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
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
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.
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