Tips to Help You Stay Organized Every Day

It takes time and effort to create a habit of being organized.  Being organized can become a way of life and second nature for you.  Staying organized is one more tool in your goal success toolkit.  These tips will help you to stay organized every day with very little effort or fuss. Check In Start your day by checking your schedule and your to-do list.  It may be that you’ve thought of something you need to add.  Prioritize your to-do list so that you tackle the essential items first. Plan You should plan your day as well as your to-do list. Include calls, meetings, chores and goals. You can use pen and paper, a planner (a bullet journal is ideal) or a planning app. Don’t forget to include scheduled breaks. Make sure to include time for friends and family. The F.A.R. Rules The F.A.R. Rules are essential for helping you to stay organized. They apply equally to your personal life as your business. File it – if it’s important and needs to be kept (either in paper or electronic form) then file it immediately. Act on it – if something needs to have action taken, for example, paying a bill or making a call, then do it immediately. Then either file or recycle it. Recycle it – whether it’s junk mail or papers and items you’ve finished with, recycle it immediately once it’s no longer needed. These rules apply to emails as well as paperwork. By following them, you can keep your inbox under control. Digital Aids At times technology can be a distraction, but there are some items that can help you become and stay productive. Choose your devices and solutions with care so that you don’t create more of a problem. Track To be successful with your organization skills you need to track and monitor your progress. What’s working and what’s not? Be prepared to make changes and adjustments to how you do things. Trash It Don’t keep things for the sake of it. If it’s not useful or necessary then throw it out or donate it. If you are keeping the item, find a place for it.  Doing this will help you keep your surroundings free from clutter and distractions. 5 Minute...

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To-Do List Success Tips

  The humble to-do list is a powerful success tool.  It doesn’t matter whether you create and keep a digital list using an app or use a pen and paper.  What is important is that you create and use your lists every day to help you get and stay organized.  The following tips will ensure that your to-do lists are an effective tool in your organizational toolbox. Keep it Short The ideal length of a to-do list is ten items or less.  You’ve probably created lists in the past that have seemed endless.  Instead of helping you feel organized and successful, you probably ended the day with most of the items still unchecked and felt like a failure. By keeping your list purposely short, you are more likely to cross off every item and end the day feeling successful. Separate Lists for Home and Work Don’t add your work tasks to your personal to-do list. Maintain separate lists. Prioritize Once you’ve listed everything you need to accomplish, number the items in order of priority.  Do the most important items first, and you’ll feel the greatest sense of achievement. If there are any items on your list that aren’t important then mark them as such. That way you won’t need to feel guilty if you don’t cross them off. Assign a Time Limit Wherever possible, set a time limit for every item on the list. Not just how long it will take but when it is due. That way you can identify tasks that need to be completed before lunch or before picking up the kids from school. Re-visit and Re-work A to-do list should be a working document. Once written it should be revisited throughout the day. You can check off those items you’ve completed and reprioritize or schedule those that remain. You can also cross items off that are no longer important or necessary. It will also give you the opportunity to add any additional tasks that crop up during the day. Keep it with You How often have you made a to-do list at the beginning of the day and then totally ignored it?  It is probably because you left the house without it at the start of the day! To make...

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Count Your Blessings

Are you the type of person that counts their blessings? If so, this means that you have learned what it’s like to be grateful for certain things in your life.  These can be physical items like owning your home, or they can be on a more personal level, by being grateful for someone in your life. Having abundance and gratitude in your life is a form of wealth. If you are surrounded by people who love and respect you, you will instantly feel treasured in return. The concept of being grateful for what you have can be difficult for some people to understand.  Instead of focusing on what they have, many people find it easier to constantly think about what they don’t have. Think about this for a moment.  Do you really have to be wealthy to feel as though you are?  Will having a million dollars in the bank automatically make you happy?  The answer to both of these questions is no.  Money doesn’t buy you happiness, and you don’t need material wealth to feel wealthy. Having abundance and gratitude in your life is a form of wealth.  If you are surrounded by people who love and respect you, you will instantly feel treasured in return. Being grateful for your life consists of understanding what you have gone through to get to where you are today. This includes your struggles and fears as well as your successes and failures. After all, who doesn’t learn from making a mistake? These are the moments that you want to relish and enjoy. Get into the habit of counting your blessings. This also includes telling friends, family, and co-workers that you are thankful for them! It’s not always easy to speak those kinds of words out loud, but when you do they can have a greater impact and reach than you ever thought possible. What does gratitude have to do with goals?  Spending time focusing on the good, positive elements of your life helps you to reprogram your brain to be more positive.  Your positive outlook helps improve productivity, and voila, one more tool to help you achieve your goals....

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What’s Your Story?

People love stories. We are wired for it. Think about the last time you heard a great story. Did it engage you?  Do you remember the main point or punch line?  Storytelling is a great tool for influencing. If you are looking to get your point across, do you think it would be more effective with a laundry list of facts, or with a story? All things being equal, the story is going to win out. It’s pretty obvious; we connect through stories. Storytelling can go a long way in helping you to achieve your goals. When you relay situations in a factual way, you wire your brain for success. So, what do you do? Get out a piece of paper, or even your journal.  Pick a goal to focus on and write out a story from your point of view.  The story takes place at the end of the year, and you have successfully achieved your goal.  Don’t forget to include details on how you made it happen, how you feel, and what you are grateful for. Write a story for each goal, or only one for your most important goal.  Pull it out and read your story each time you review your goals.  Transport yourself to that place of achievement and work to make your goal a...

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Take Care of You

We set goals because we want to be successful.  We have dreams and desires that we are working hard to achieve.  And while hard work is necessary to make dreams a reality, working too hard can undermine your success. So, what do you do to replenish your spirit?  Hopefully, you easily come up with a few answers to this question.  If not, start to think about what activities you like to participate in when you are not working.  What makes you laugh or feel relaxed? Just like with affirmations, the key is to participate in a soul rejuvenating activity on a regular basis, and in fact, I highly recommend finding something you can do daily.  Even if you are only spending 10-15 minutes on the activity, these small doses of fun go a long way. If you are looking for something to do, try to find an activity that helps you express your creativity.  Or perhaps learn to do something new.  Last but not least, connect with family and friends.  Nourishing your relationships also nourishes your soul. Also, don’t forget to designate time for rest.  You need that time off too!  Don’t forget to turn off electronics during that time! “Rest and self-care are so important.  When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow.  You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”  – Eleanor Brownn...

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Goals. Where are you now?

Everyone talks about goal setting in January, but by February, you don’t see much regarding goals posted at all!  So for the next six weeks, I’ll be posting a weekly blog post to help you find success this year.   Subscribe here to have the blog posts sent directly to your inbox! The first success tactic I’d like to tackle is not a new concept for me, but it’s not one that I’ve taken advantage of in the past.  And that’s the notion of affirmations. Affirmations are sayings or phrases that you repeat to yourself, so they become part of you. You can either say these statements out loud during meditation or throughout your day.  Alternatively, you can write out that repetitive statement. The more you engage your senses when using affirmations, the faster your processes them. This type of positive self-reinforcement works, but it takes about 30 days for them to start sinking in.  So, don’t give up after a few days.  Once they begin working, continue with them daily for even better results. Some people like to use the same set of mantras each day while others will use one success mantra and change it every day for the 30-day period.  What affirmation(s) that you use isn’t important.  The key is being consistent. You will find plenty of resources online if you are stuck trying to come up with mantras to use. Simply do a search on affirmations or success mantras.  Then decide on a time frame that works for you.  Daily is best, but as long as you are consistent, you can be successful using affirmations every other day or even weekly.  Space out your practice any more than that, though, and you probably will lose the effectiveness.  You want to train your brain, and that requires frequent affirmations and repetition. Here are some of my favorite affirmations: Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful. Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given. My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite. Look...

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