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Your Disorganized Mind


Being organized begins with your state of mind, so before you can get organized, you’ve got to shift gears mentally.   To shift gears you have to make a conscious choice about how you want to work. It’s really easy to be clear about what you don’t want or how you don’t want to work.  By nature it’s easier for us to determine what’s “wrong” or what we don’t like about something.  It’s quite another to be clear about what you do want, but necessary if you really want to change a situation.

Of all the things that you were taught when you were young and as you grew into a young adult, you weren’t taught to manage yourself or how to organize our space or our time.  If you’re lucky enough to have some sort of clue as to what to do, then life tends to work better than if you don’t have that clue.  For most, being organized is something that they’ve learned.  You might say “I don’t know how to get organized.” It’s not hard to do and it is possible.  It’s all up to you and your state of mind.

Are you thinking like a disorganized person?  If so, it’s time to shift gears and start to think like an organized person.  What would your life look like if you were organized?  What would it feel like to get through your days being able to get it all done? Get real clear and have a vivid picture of what that looks like.

Then ask yourself why you want to get organized.  Maybe you want to save some time; have time to spend with your family or friends; have time to focus on the money making tasks for your business.  Maybe you want to enjoy that freedom that you know being in business for yourself can give you. Whatever your reason is, allow it to fuel you forward.  Let that be your focus and what drives you.

Once you know why or what your purpose for getting organized is, you can create your foundation and ultimately plan for organizing your space or your time. Your foundation starts with looking at your Productivity Persona™ building your productivity system around that, then creating your plan in writing. Don’t keep it in your head, it will contribute to that disorganized state of mind.  If your Productivity Persona™ reveals that an electronic tool is the right fit for you, get your plan into it and determine the steps that have to happen to accomplish each of your end results.

Making the mindset shift, getting clear about what you want, why you want it and creating a written plan will help you create order in more than one way. Being in action around your plan and your purpose has you operating inside of that space and developing the new habits that you need to get and stay organized so you can do what you love and have time for the things you want.

 


Unproductive Road SignIt’s easy to be caught up in the “norm” and go through your days winging it when it comes to getting things done. There are a few things that are clear indicators that you need help getting it together so you can get it done. I’m going to share five with you here.

  • The first sign is you’re confused about what to work on or to do and when. If you’re finding yourself challenged when it comes to knowing which of the many things on your plate to focus on, your productivity is impaired. When this is the experience you’re having, you find yourself here on a regular basis and waste a lot of time trying to figure out what to do. Here it’s about learning how to prioritize then sticking to those priorities.
  • The second sign is continually putting things off. How many things are you procrastinating on right now? If you don’t know, make a list of all the things that you keep putting off then ask yourself why you think you keep pushing back the time to get it done. The real reason is going to be much deeper and you have to do some digging to find it, but this is the first step.
  • Sign number three…you’re easily sidetracked and chase the BSOs (bright shiny objects). You start out working on something and then something else pops into your mind. Something that you forgot about, maybe something that’s due soon or a new idea. Instead of continuing to work on the task at hand you follow that thought, and for a long time, totally forgetting about what you were doing. Later you remember what you abandoned or worse, you don’t realize what you’ve done until you go to close your laptop or clean your desk at the end of the day.
  • The fourth sign is a disorganized office or forever messy desk. You can’t find anything and don’t have the space to work and that definitely wastes your time. It also creates a heavy energy in the space that doesn’t make it easy to get things done. That messy desk isn’t helping you either. I’m not talking about your desk being in disarray while you’re working, I’m talking about a desk with paper and other items that seem to have made your desk a permanent home.
  • The final sign is that you run out of day before you run out of things to do. You’re consumed by all that there is to do and it’s got control. You dive in and before you know it, it’s time for that meeting, or worse yet, the day is over, and it’s the pattern you fall into every day. So then it becomes necessary to add some extra hours to your work day just so you can get it all done, which has your personal and family life suffer. It’s a vicious cycle. One that you’ve got to bring to an end. It is possible to get it all done and have a life too.

 

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