Carolyn Buck Luce wrote an article on being a ten-year planner, she asserts, “I have been a “ten year planner” since I was 8. This has allowed me to reinvent myself many times over… every decade I have dreamed ahead ten years to how I would like to be known and involved in the world – and I have set out on a journey of discovery to get here from there”.
Amazing, what do you think?
Planning and becoming organized revolves around how you manage your time. Therefore, your attitude towards time matters. There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less. In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you are doing. Two hours at the department of motor vehicle inspection can feel like 12 years. Yet our 12-year-old children seem to have grown up in only two hours. Real time is mental thus to actively manage your time you need first to shift or remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start out something.
What type of time manager are you?
Concerning time, what type of time manager are you. Are you a time waster who easily gets distracted, puts things off, feels guilty all the time and makes excuses? Are you a time racer who leaves everything to the last minute, misses deadlines, and whose work is never the best ?Or are you the time pacer who paces their time well, is well organized, has time for fun and feels good about their performance because they know it is the best.
With this in mind, ensuring you successfully achieve activities you have set out to pursue requires that you design a plan on how to go about it. Research has shown that those who make a plan are likely to achieve their goals (we say such people are well organized). For example, to establishing a business requires you develop a business plan.
Do you have a plan to get there?
So you have goals you want to achieve, you are very hopeful that you will achieve them but, do you have a plan to get there? A plan is a roadmap on what you need to do to be successful. It shows you how to move from where you are to where you want to be, one-step at a time.
Every time I help young people how to become organized in their own life or how they can take their school performance to the next level, I insist we design a one, five & ten year plan. Your short, medium and long-term goals provide a roadmap to the future and can guide you on what you need to focus your energy and other resources on; one-step at a time. You do not have to rigid, your life will keep changing and so are your plans. Having a plan acts as a guide on what your priorities are. It sets you on a surrounded path and prevent you from deviating so much. You will find yourself tweaking a lot as you move on with life, which is perfectly okay.
Where do I begin? The Wheel of life!
Your life can be broken down into different areas that demand your attention. Listing down all important areas of your life helps you visualize them at once altogether. Some of these areas include your health, your spirituality, your finances, your relationships or your career. You need to identify areas of your life you need to focus on; some areas of your life might be great while others may hold you back. By reviewing each area, you are able to identify priority areas and strength areas you can work on. The trick is scoring each area to help you identify areas you need to prioritize.
Break down your goals in to small bits of action points that you can easily work on
Once you identify the areas to focus on, develop goals that you now can start working on. Remember, if the goals are too big, you may feel you cannot move forward, or you do not know the next step to take, or perhaps even feel discouraged and just do nothing. To counter this, break down your goals in to small bits of action points that you can easily work on. These small activities, which you identify are easily achievable and will ensure you achieve the big goal in the end.
I know you have picked ideas on how organized you can become. To assist you further, here are some more tips that can greatly add value to your organization.
- Determine the cause of your lack of organization. Why do you feel unorganized? For some, it is simply lack of motivation. To start organizing your life, you need to acknowledge the cause and make a decision to change it.
- Consider that needs to be organized. There are specific areas in your life that have more clutter than others do. Where are you the most disorganized? Which of these is the most stressful for you to accomplish? Remember to consider your work life, finances, friendships, and general thought processes as well.
- Create to do list and not-to-do list. Think of your to do list as breaking down your day into even smaller, manageable pieces. Do not list major, unclear projects (such as clean the house or workout more). Give yourself some clear direction with short, easy tasks (like clean the kitchen at 8 Am, scrub the toilet floor, and run one Kilometer or write one article every week). I include a not-to-do list because you may end up doing things you did not plan to do.
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