How to Organize Your Life for Success Using 4 Simple tips
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
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There are several secrets to success and every guru you meet may present a different secret (to the extent that you may even find yourself wondering if they're just making stuff up).
I don't know about that, but here is what I do know: success doesn't just happen. The science of success was bred out of trial, error, and observations. Success may look different for everybody and will depend on what you value but at the very core, there are few fundamental principles. You might be familiar with self discipline but here's another, being organized. Whether you're a table-making tycoon or an advocate of controlled chaos, your work routine will flow better when there is a method to the madness.
1. Prioritize (This is a big one!)
This is a word that has been passed around through the ages by our teachers, coaches, and parents. Sean Covey in his book The 7 habits of highly effective teens puts forward the concept of filling a bucket first with rocks, then with pebbles and then with sand. This illustration seeks to highlight the practice of putting the most important things first or completing the most important task first. When you start with the most important things (the rocks) you're in a much better position to fit everything else around it. When you get the essentials out of the way first, that will give you more flexibility to complete your remaining tasks without the feeling that the sky is falling or your world is on fire.
Different things will dictate the make-up of your "rocks". The size of a task by itself should not determine its rank on your priority list. Consider the urgency attached to completing the task, the degree of effort that will be required, any relevant deadlines for completion and any consequences attached to non-completion.
You want to be sure that if you're putting together a list, that what you have is a priority list and not a survival list. Merely putting the tasks on paper is not enough. Rank your tasks according to priority and watch everything else change.
This seemingly simple practice will rock your world. Many great leaders and paragons of success, including Darren Hardy and John Maxwell, have spoken about the importance of tracking. This practice helps to cultivate self-discipline, consistency, and accountability because the truth is that the things we don't track can easily get overlooked. If you want to get organized, be specific about some activities that you need to do on a daily basis. If you want to wake up early, read daily, exercise for ten minutes or manage your money, track it and watch yourself develop lasting habits that will radically improve the structure of your life.
3. Plan ahead
If every hour of your day takes you completely by surprise or if you sometimes find that you don't have enough time to do a task or you're always late or maybe missing meals, you want to consider planning ahead.
Your calendar, reminder apps, and diaries are your friends. Keeping calm and on target in today's hustle and bustle world becomes much easier when you plan ahead. Sure you cannot plan out every emergency situation that comes with life but this organization tip gives you more control over your life. It's always better to have a general idea of how your day will go than to go from moment to moment thinking "how on earth will this work out?" This affects your productivity and ultimately stalls your progress.
4. Ask for help
Let's face it- Not everybody is wired to live chaos-free lives. Some of us function better with messy desks and stacks while others need order, tables, and files. Wherever on the spectrum, you fall, you will always benefit from asking for help. You may need help to keep track of important documents, keep appointments or maybe even to stick with your current diet. Enlist help.
Remember: Isolation has always been the enemy of progress. Get an accountability partner, a secretary, or delegate some of your tasks. This will keep you focused and free up your time and help you in the long run.
Shepherding your days and ultimately your life is worth the effort. Nobody is born a success but with the right habits, anyone can become successful. A bit of order is always a great place to start.
"Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -Thomas Edison