One of the areas that you can work on with one of our life coaches or career coaches is your organizational structure. You want to be more organized, but you don’t know where to start. You may even think you’re stuck in a chaotic rut, and you’ll never be the type of person you want to be when it comes to organization. While some people are born with a preference to be organized, others are more challenged in this area. Still, it’s vital to remember, that no matter your preference, these habits are created with time and dedication. Here are a few tips from our coaches you can try today that will bring more order into your life.
Write It Down
We all know someone who seems to remember everything: meeting times, names, phone numbers, their obscure aunt’s birthday. These people don’t have photographic memories: they write things down.
Writing down important information can help you be much more organized. You won’t miss that meeting, forget the dry cleaning, or leave that loaf of bread out of your grocery cart. Writing down people’s names shortly after meeting them can also help you avoid embarrassing moments of trying to figure out who you’re speaking with.
Notes can be taken on sticky notes and stuck in places where you’ll see them often; you can carry a small notebook; utilize a planner; and even download applications for your smartphone or tablet.
Let’s face it. We’re forced to multitask. We frequently have two, or more, things vying for our attention, so we try to divide our time up equally, and, usually, everything ends up being neglected. This is why it’s important to prioritize your activities.
We don’t need to be preoccupied with activities that are only stimulating for a few minutes, instead we should focus on what will benefit our goals in the long run. Calling a potential client is much more important than browsing the internet. While there’s nothing wrong with taking a break, it’s fundamental to prioritize our necessary commitments; they should come first.
Do you find yourself digging through the stacks of paper on your desk to find something? Is your closest so overcrowded that you can’t find an outfit to wear? It might be time to step back and decide what’s most important to you.
Purging papers — like old meeting notes, junk mail, and unused magazines — can help you feel like you’re on top of things. If you know you’re not going to need that scrap of paper, recycle it! Don’t let it gather dust on your desk.
Going through old clothing can help as well. If you’re not going to wear it, donate it. Not only will you be doing a good deed, but it can streamline those mornings when you’re running late and don’t know what to wear.
We’ve probably all done it: we put things off in hopes we’ll feel like doing them later. And guess what? We usually have to rush to finish them. Completing tasks in a timely manner can make your life less messy and more organized. You won’t have to be stressed about a last-minute deadline you have to meet; it’ll already be done.
This tip doesn’t only help for work-related activities; it’s a great habit to create in every aspect of your life. Our number one suggestion in this area is to complete the task you least want to do first. As Brian Tracy says in his useful procrastination book, referring to this very suggestion, “Eat That Frog!”
Having an organized life may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You can become the person you want to be by creating new, small habits, and these small changes, can transform your life. You can also have a complimentary 25-minute phone session with a #1 coach.