Getting Organized

''For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.''
―Benjamin Franklin

by Michael Corthell

A place for everything, and everything in its place. How do you do that? Getting organized and staying that way makes for a better life―that is a fact.

''Organize your life around your dreams
and watch them come true.''

Being More Organized Means:
  • Less stress.
  • You can Relax more.
  • Spending more time with family.
  • You're ready for about anything.
  • That the overwhelming is manageable.
  • You enjoy improved health.
  • You're a better example for your children and others.
  • You waste less time on little jobs.
  • Greater productivity.
When you have a many tasks, it's really easy to feel scattered and therefore stressed.

If you're feeling burned out it probably means that you’ve lost sight of how to organize your time. Learning better ways to organize your mind is one of the keys to living stress-free and happy life.

Get your pen or pencil. Most of us have a hard time remembering things. If you want to remember what it is you have to do, put it in writing, or in a digital notebook like Evernote.

Keeping your to-do, lists and other information written somewhere allows you to look back at it anytime, even when you’ve hit your head and forgotten your own name.

Write your outcome list. Write down a list of goals, or 'outcomes'. Your 'outcomes' are your true goals for the day, week, month or year. Your to-dos list will map how to get to your goal(s).  

Write your 'to-do' list. To organize your mind, you're looking for time management. The first step to effectively managing your time, therefore, is knowing what you need to accomplish.

Organize your list of 'to-dos'. Group your tasks by category. Your goals for the week will then start to take shape, (you'll start to see how scattered your thoughts actually are).

Take time to write down ideas. When you’re in the middle of your work week, you will have ideas pop-up. It's your creativity being unleashed because you have more time because you are managing your time.

Keep a weekly routine. Start a routine of planning out your goals, for instance on Sunday night. Break down your weekly goals into daily goals, then list each day’s 'to-dos' underneath them. This a simple organizational plan.

Practice Putting Things Away Immediately. All your hard work organizing will be wasted if you don't actually implement it. Things pile up quickly, sometimes in as little as a few hours if you have kids.

Check off each task and completed goal at the end of the day when your goal has been reached, you will then feel relieved instead of the way you used to feel—STRESSED and UNHAPPY.

Practicing organizational skills will make your personal and professional life BETTER. These good common sense skills will be reflected by the completion of all of your daily tasks and therefor fulfill your responsibilities.

Organization also gives you a sense of control and empowerment that allows for increased productivity.

Organizing is all about keeping things in their place. Organization plays a primary role in helping you achieve your goals — period.


The Organized Mind

by Daniel Levitin

In 2011, the average American took in five times as much information as we did in 1986, begging the question: Where does all that information go? Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin has the answer, explaining what happens to your brain on information overload. Put down your phone and learn why multitasking is a myth, and what you can do to better organize your mind at home, at work and beyond.