Do you know those people who are extremely unorganized? The ones who have a cluttered house, car or desk? I would bet that they are usually pretty stressed out when it comes to finding something, and finding it quickly. Being unorganized can cause us a lot of heartburn and be a complete waste of time. Maybe you are that person who doesn’t spend much time being organized, or maybe you just need a little motivation to keep yourself in line. Whatever your reason, keeping organized is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Why Should You be Organized?
Organization doesn’t only have to do with your business; it affects every aspect of your life. Here are five reasons why organization leads to success.
- Being organized affects how you experience everyday life: Organization spills over into every area of your life. If you aren’t organized at work or home, you could spend a lot of time searching for papers and information. This creates a lot of stress for you. Having an effective system in place in order to keep organized is a great way to lessen the stress of life.
- Prosperity isn’t attracted to chaos: It is a fact that people who are wealthy and successful are organized. Many people who are unsuccessful feel overwhelmed by all the stuff they leave out-of-order. They have an internal feeling that asks: If I can’t handle what I’m doing now, how can I handle taking on more?
- How you do anything is how you do everything: For the most part, if you are unorganized in one area, you are unorganized in them all. Even if this turns out to be false, it is still a common assumption. If you are about to go into business with someone and you notice that their car is filled with trash and fast food wrappers, you may question if they are actually capable of running a business because of their lack of organization.
- Being organized puts you in control, giving you a sense of freedom: How freeing is it to feel like you have everything all handled? It’s a great feeling and it allows you to spend your time making decisions that will help your business and life as opposed to being forced to waste hours in a day searching for what you need.
- Organizing isn’t just about the past: Some people think that organizing only entails cleaning up what has already happened. Things like clearing out an email account to only what you need and filing old papers are good. But you must have systems in place that allow what you are currently working on and what you are going to do in the future to be organized. If you aren’t able to organize things as they happen, then you won’t be organized for very long. It is crucial to have such a system ready for work and projects to come.
Areas to Become Organized
These are a few of the areas that people tend to struggle the most with being unorganized, and also the areas that can change your life if you work on them.
- Mail: Everybody gets mail, whether it is paper or email. Keeping it organized makes finding important messages easy and quick. Creating files for your inbox and deleting unnecessary emails gets rid of a lot of the clutter.
- Leads: Leads are the lifeblood of every business.
- Files: You want your files to be easy to access when you need them. Keeping all your folders labeled and actually putting your papers in your files makes it easy to keep tabs on your important documents.
- Time: It is necessary to maintain balance in life by investing your time in the right places. If you have a plan about what to do and when to do it, you make sure that the tasks that are most important get done when you want them finished.
- Daily time wasters: Lots of times we spend too much time searching for our things in closets, drawers, garages, etc. The activities that we want to get done end up taking more time than we expected because we have trouble finding what we need. Keeping everything in its place saves us from wasting a lot of time searching.
- Contacts: Nowadays we have a lot of contacts to keep in touch with. You want to make sure you can find them when you need to. You can waste a lot of money if you lose contact with important people.
- Briefcase: Not only do you want to make sure your briefcase is neat because you want to use it efficiently, but it is also a representation of yourself. If other business professionals see it, what would it say about you?
- Money: Money is the number one stressor. Being able to keep track of it in an efficient way is important. Knowing what you bought and how much you spent can save you a lot of grief down the road.
- Phone: Most people couldn’t live without their phone nowadays. Keeping track of who calls you or sends you a text is crucial. You don’t want to miss something important because it got lost in your phone’s inbox.
Everyone seems to know that being organized makes sense, but internal issues stop us. To truly become organized in all areas of your life you need to stop and think about any roadblocks that may be stopping you from doing so. Maybe you need a way of reminding yourself to put things back in their place. However you see fit, you need to come up with a way to force yourself to stay organized until it becomes a habit. Just knowing you need to do something isn’t enough; you need to actually implement your knowledge to see a change in your life.
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