Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Organization

Using Sunday nights to plan my week is one of the best decisions I've ever made (it's up there with going vegan, moving to Arizona, and marrying Husband). It's so easy to do (most of the time), and it usually doesn't take up any extra time. I usually spend Sunday evenings winding down and watching TV with Husband, so now, I grab my planner and map my week out. Easy peasy.

I love it when things are that simple.

Writing things down helps you stay so much more organized. Our brains aren't meant to remember every little thing that comes across our desks and into our lives. So do yourself a favor and make a note of it! Even if it's just in the note app on your phone. Put it into words you can come back to and get it out of your head. Just make sure these notes are in a place you check often. Otherwise, you'll forget. And the whole point of writing the note is so you don't forget!

Stay organized and your life will be a little easier.


Your organizational method of choice shouldn't be complicated. It needs to be something you enjoy. Otherwise, you won't maintain organization. So find a method you like to do and go from there. Like I said above, one of my favorite ways is to plan my week on Sundays so I know exactly what I need to get done each day. It keeps me on a schedule (a.k.a. a routine), but the schedule all depends on what I have to do that week.

For instance, this Sunday, I wrote "MRJ blog post" down on Monday (the day I'm writing this) so I was aware that it needed to get done ahead of its scheduled Tuesday publish time. And here it is, right on time, all because I wrote it down. Sure, I had to put the work in, but at least it didn't slip through the cracks like it has in the past.

What gets written down has a chance of getting done.

If you can't even remember that you have to do it, believe me - there's no chance of it coming to fruition. But that doesn't mean that EVERYTHING you write down will be accomplished. Within our organizational skills, we have to know what we're capable of. Sometimes we overestimate how much we can do, how long something might take, or how many smaller tasks a big project is. This can lead to frustration and irritation - and even abandonment of our goals.

But you can choose to react differently to those things. Instead, you can work in perfecting your organizational skills and go with the flow of nature. Things won't always work out the way we want them to, but if we take control of the things we have control over (which is generally how we spend our time and the way we react to the situations we're in), then we'll have some semblance of organization. And it works wonders for productivity.

So write things down! Stay organized! Then rinse and repeat.


Organization sometimes includes reorganizing, so make sure you stay flexible with your schedule and remember that things might need to be rearranged to get done. When we're planning, we can't take every single thing into account - because we can't predict the future. So be okay with not being so rigid. Take a deep breath and recommit to your goals. It'll get done when it needs to, and our plans are just that - plans. Those can change.

But I believe it's better to have a plan and engage in a little discipline than go into your week all willy nilly with no map in the dark. If you have big dreams and goals, you need a plan. Otherwise, you'll find that things magically don't get done. Fears sabotage you and insecurities get the better of you. You'll allow excuses to creep in and suddenly nothing was accomplished all week, all month, all year - all because you weren't even sure what you needed to do.

Get organized. It can make or break dreams.

So, as you go after your big goals, find an organization method that works for your life. Sundays are prime time to not only plan the week before, but also to celebrate the wins from the previous week to keep your eye on the prize and your mind motivated and inspired. So I love pulling my planner out and writing what I plan on doing each day so I stay current and on top of my goals. I have a zillion books to write before I die (seriously, that's the exact number), so without a plan, I'm never going to get that done. I'd be happy today if I sat on the couch and binge-watched Dawson's Creek (my current obsession and object of my latest rewatch), but I'll be happier on release day when my finished book is in my hands and other people can read it and feel inspired. Being organized helps me reach that goal.

So what kind of organizational skills do you bring to the table? What's your favorite method and how does it work for you? I didn't talk much about how to be more organized than just making a plan, but we can talk about those steps soon. Things like reverse-engineering your goals into baby steps, having a reward system, etc. Soon! ;) For now, let me know what keeps you organized. A filing system? Color coding? Separate notebooks for separate projects? What do YOU do?

Vibe high, friends.


PS - If organizing in the morning is your thing, I have a brand-new journal out that's perfect for that. The Morning Routine Edition of my Daily Q&A journals is all about building a solid, perfect morning routine to start your day off right. Let me know if you check it out!
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