Get Organized to Increase Your Productivity:
A lot of people have trouble being organized. These people also very often have trouble getting things done on time. If you want to be more productive, you’ve got to become organized.
One way to overcome disorganization is to establish goals for things you want to accomplish in the short and long term.
Make a List
The easiest and fastest way to start incorporating goals into your life requires taking time right before or after your workday ends to make a list of all the things you must accomplish and realistically want to accomplish the next day.
Write this list down using pen and paper – or create a list on your mobile device and include boxes that you can check off electronically when the task is complete. Doing this makes it easy to mark off each item as you complete it throughout your day.
Checking things off a list is a psychological trick that’s been used for ages to help people stay motivated and feel accomplished. Here’s why: When you can see that you’ve completed a task, it tends to propel you forward to the next one, if for no other reason than you get to mark off something else from your list. Completing items on your list makes you feel good about accomplishing something and having one less thing to do.
Prioritize your goals when you write them down based on the importance or time frame in which the goals should be accomplished. Prioritizing your goals in this way takes away the need to think about being organized. The flow of your goals will create the structure you need to get things done. All you have to do is think about doing the next thing on your list. This practice has a huge positive impact on your workday and is also a major stress reducer.
When your goals are prioritized, you no longer have to worry about explaining to a client, customer, or boss why something is going to be late.
Listing your goals for your days makes it very likely that you’ll complete your projects on time. Why? Because you will have scheduled time to complete them. A prioritized schedule chases away the worry that comes from disorganization and chaos.
Establish a Routine of Closing-Out and then Establishing New Goals at the End of Each Day
It may be a bit difficult in the beginning to make yourself close out your goals for the present day and establish prioritized goals for the following day … however, it’s critically important that you DO this work.
While it may take half an hour or so to establish your daily goals at first, you’ll become faster as you get the hang of setting daily goals. If you commit to getting into this routine and building the habit of setting goals every evening or night, you’ll find yourself organized in spite of yourself.
The more organized you are, the more stress-free you’ll become in your personal and professional life. Being organized is worth the effort many times over. The organization will simplify and enhance the quality of your life.
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