How To...Get Organized
How To…Get Organized
I tend to be a very organized person and very often people ask how they can get more organized, today I’d like to share a little bit about how you can get organized in your life, business, and how you spend your time. I must admit, explaining HOW to get organized will be a bit challenging for me because it’s something that’s always come naturally, to the point I never considered it a gift until recently. But I am fully committed to walking with you and working towards living your best life and I firmly believe getting organized will help you get there. Even if it is not your personality trait to be naturally organized, I believe you can learn to become more organized by applying a few principles to your life.
1. Commit to the cause
This may sound simpler than it really is, but it’s such a critical 1ststep. It is not easy to stay organized because it often requires additional steps that aren’t technically NECESSARY to complete a given task, yet it saves so much time in the long run. Getting organized allows you to use your time productively and ensures you don’t miss anything that needed to be done. Being organized with your time and energy allows you to prioritize importance, make adjustments to your schedule, and get everything completed in a timely manner. From that perspective why wouldn’t you be committed to the cause?
2. Take 1 step back to take 3+ steps forward
I do recognize that often getting organized requires you to slow down, take a step back, sit down and focus, and will very often require a sacrifice of your time. I am in no shape, form, or fashion naïve to this reality. What I have learned from experience is this…it’s worth the sacrifice of time because taking the time to get organized allows you to be more productive and save time overall. For example, while at work I take the time to plan out my entire week understanding the different tasks I’m responsible for on a daily or weekly basis. I used this spreadsheet to ensure that my tasks are done in a timely manner and I often end up with them done early. Despite many unpredictable setbacks that can come up, I’m consistently able to turn in my tasks in a timely manner and with extra time in my work day regularly.
With any success in life, it’s going to require a bit of sacrifice. This is why step 1 is so critical, you have to be committed to the cause in order to believe that the sacrifice is worth it in the end. If you’re having a difficult time believing it’s worth the sacrifice…just try it and see how it works or doesn’t. It takes 21 days to form a new habit…try taking an intentional approach to being more organized and see if you see results in your life.
3. Plan your time
Time is something that passes by whether we realize it or not, time will continue no matter what. The question is how productive are you using your time? We all have 24 hours in any given day, when was the last time you’ve strategically planned out the time you have available? Even if it required getting an hour-by-hour planner and adding in everything you’re responsible for. Have your time planned and include everything you need to accomplish in order to see what fits and what doesn’t. When you sit down and plan out your time, I think you’ll be surprised how everything can fit very well. Don’t skip over the small things like cooking dinner, working out, sleep, commuting to work, or any of the activities that seem mundane.
One very important part of planning your time is eliminating the excuse “I don’t have time” from your vocabulary. If you actually sat down and planned it out, you’d see just how much time we’re carelessly using. Whatever you don’t manage you will lose…that includes your time. Are you properly managing your time or are you allowing it to pass you by? I’m not saying you can’t rest or have time off…but be productive with that time too. If you’re taking the day off to do absolutely nothing, do that! But spending the day feeling guilty about doing nothing is completely counterproductive. Whatever you’re doing with your time (including rest) do so intentionally and productively.
4. Create a system that works for you
Part of the reason I’ve been hesitant to talk about HOW to get organized is because it’s very much a personal experience. You have to take the time to try different organizational techniques and figure out what works for you. Once you understand what it takes to keep you organized and apply that to your life regularly, you’ll begin to see the results from that time sacrifice. You may have to try a few different techniques and different resources to see what is most effective for you, but that’s okay. Even after you’ve found what works for you be open to trying other things to discover something that’s more effective. Although we’re talking about getting organized, sometimes you have to be flexible in your approach as well.
5. Just do it!
At the end of the day, we can talk about getting organized all day long but it means absolutely nothing until you JUST DO IT! We can have inspiring conversation all day long, but it’s up to us to put in that work in order to get the results that we want to see in our lives. We’re in this together and If we’re going to win in 2018, it requires action and consistency. Period. That’s it. I want you to make a commitment to creating a plan and putting into action THIS WEEK!