Making Organization Second Nature
“I just want to be organized” is something we’ve probably told ourselves at least a million + one times. In fact, it’s often one of our (repeat) New Years Resolutions. So simple yet so difficult to maintain. That’s why I’m going to tell you how to turn it into a habit (yay).
What is a Habit/What am I Getting Myself Into?
Firstly, it’s important to know it takes 3-4 weeks of consistency to make a new habit stick. That may seem like a lot, (no quick fixes here) but in the grand scheme of things? It’s nothing! Please remember, nothing worthwhile comes quick and easy. Now that you are fully aware of the time required to make this work, it’s time to get into the how!
START SMALL! I can not tell you how important those two little words are. The biggest reason people fail to turn organization into a habit is because they try to do too much all at once. You must start small. What do I mean by start small? Make your bed every morning. Take your shoes off at the door. If you already do that, move to something a little bigger like putting clothes that you try on back in your dresser/closet, or folding the laundry right away instead of leaving it in piles that just get bigger and bigger (if you’re feeling personally attacked right now, don’t worry! I am right there with you). Creating the small habits builds up the energy and momentum needed for the bigger tasks.
Take 5-10 minutes to write down the specific tasks you want to be organized in. Then break them down into major or minor tasks.
Now you know where to start. Once you have your list, get a planner. Planners really do make a world of difference! There’s no need to make things harder on yourself and try to remember every little thing you need to do! Writing it out gets you one step closer to actually doing it.
If you don’t feel like going and buying a planner, I have great news! I created a mini planner to help you guys out. You can get your hands on it by entering your email below.
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Why Do I Need to be Organized?
Organization = Discipline.
Discipline = Success.
You know what successful people have?
D I S C I P L I N E. I can promise you right now that it is not a coincidence that the successful people you look up to are organized, disciplined people. It’s how they got to where they are!
Success means something different to each individual. What I deem success might not be what Sally deems as success, and vice versa. You know what isn’t different? The way to success. The recipe for success is organization, discipline, and consistency! You have to have the discipline to be organized and consistent in your everyday life.
I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot of room to grow when it comes to discipline! Something that I’ve found really resonates and kicks my butt in gear is Jocko Podcast on YouTube. Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL so you can imagine the man has some serious discipline! If you have some time check out his videos, I recommend to watch this one first. If this does’t make you want to kick your butt in gear, I don’t think anything will!
Time to get things done and kick 2018’s butt!