The cost of disorganization can come with a very high price tag. It can result in chronic tardiness, loss of job promotion and relationships, frustration and constant defeat. Disorganization requires very little effort and is often the result of poor planning. Despite the level of disorganization anyone can overcome this habit and enjoy the fruits of an ordered life. Though not exhaustive, the following list encompasses a few simple steps anyone can implement to achieve organizational skill.
DEVELOPING ORGANIZATIONAL SKILL
- Start Small. Every year millions of people set lofty goals and make resolutions only to find their hopes dashed and goals shattered within the first 90 days. “Rome was not built in a day.” It is necessary to start with a daily goal that is attainable. This is vital to long term success.
- Make A Schedule. Order your day or your day will order you. Have a written plan of tasks to accomplish. The number of tasks is irrelevant. They only need be realistic and achievable. As adherence develops, daily tasks can be added.
- Complete Difficult Tasks First. The daily schedule will include pleasurable and un-pleasurable tasks. It is natural to procrastinate with tasks that produce fear or seem difficult. It is easy to use the excuse of time if these duties are done last. Allow easy tasks to be the reward for the accomplishment of difficult duties.
- Establish Priorities. Time is valuable. Don’t seek to be entertained. Television and endless Internet surfing is a production and organization killer. Allow these luxuries to be the reward for a job well done.
MAINTAINING ORGANIZATIONAL SKILL
- Have Accountability. It is easy to slip back into old habits. As a matter of fact, it is expected. However, accountability reduces the risk of falling and provides motivation to get back on track should you experience this very common scenario.
- Teach and Mentor Others. This is very important. We retain that which we give away. Mentorship holds to an even higher standard of accountability as you are the example for those whom you instruct. It also produces a sense of accomplishment as you see your disciplines replicated in others.
- Read Books Related to Your Challenge. Books are of great value. They allow the reader the use of imagination. They are also great sources of education and motivation and make for great conversation between friends.
Remember, a marathon is run one step at a time.