We’re not any different than the guy next door – we’ve all got 1440 minutes in each of our days. That’s it. No more. Now a minute really is a rather long time. Go ahead – watch your computer screen and see how long it takes for the time to change to a minute later. Even so, when we’re in a rush or we have a boatload of work to do, a minute goes by in warp speed – in fact, an hour can race by like a minute. How can you harness your day to save time? Getting organized will do the trick – and even though at the start, it takes some time to declutter. It’s well worth it, though, because you’ll end up saving so much time when you are. Let’s look at a few ways to do that.
R stands for Ready
Believe it or not, you need to get ready to get organized. You will be making some changes, sometimes some drastic changes, and you need to ready your mind for that. You’ve probably noticed that. Change is unnerving. We get used to our ruts – and it takes some intense talking-to-yourself to prime the pump and get ready to make changes. Don’t try to do it all in one afternoon. Focus on one area at a time. For instance, your desk may need some attention. Maybe you can’t even find the surface of it right now. Tackle your desk. Use the 3-D approach to create piles: Do – Delay – or Delete. Do it right away. Delay for a day or a week or a month. Delete it immediately. Get the trash bin nearby, because you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually recycle and have carted away. Getting one thing organized will get you ready to tackle the next problem area.
U stands for Uncluttered
When you are not organized, your whole life shows signs of being cluttered. Not just your desk. Not just the kitchen sink. Not just your garage. Your LIFE is cluttered. Guess what happens? That clutter causes trouble upstairs. That’s right. Your mind senses the chaos. It’s disturbing – and before you know it, your mind starts spinning in the wrong direction. You may find your thoughts turning dark, more pessimistic than not. That’ll leak onto your face, and you won’t be using your smile often enough. You want to keep your brain hard at work and organized. When you are disorganized, your brain tries to sort through everything instead, trying to keep you on the straight and narrow. We already talked about organizing your desk. Take these steps next:
- Clear off the counters in your house. Put things away. Do not leave them out to haunt you.
- Pay your bills and take the papers off your desk. If several items need your attention, put them in a manilla envelope and date it.
- Throw things out. You probably don’t need all of what you have, so pare it down. Just keep all you need and what you want. Nothing more.
- Strip the negativity from your thoughts, because that is cerebral clutter and can put productivity to a halt.
N stands for Norm
Once you do get organized, you’ll see how easy it is to maintain the momentum, to stay uncluttered. Think of the time you will save when you know where to find things because everything will be where you put it. You’ll feel lighter. You’ll feel unfettered and free. You’ll spend so much more time living your life rather than backtracking and stalling. Make it your norm to declutter before calling it a night each day. Keep ahead of it. Your brain will thank you for it.
Interesting that saving time spells R-U-N! By realizing you are wasting time, by clearing off the clutter, and by making organization your norm, your time will become your own. You’ll sift through the extraneous and find the core – what you really want to do, when you really want to do it, and where you want to go. A favorite librarian friend of mine said that the best lesson she learned in Library School was getting organized. The good news is that you do not have to go to Library School to learn this lesson. By eliminating clutter, by embracing change, and by making being organized your norm, you will be able to manage your life’s details so much better. Use Rank Up Now to help you organize your time, your business, and your contacts – and you will accomplish so much more. And even have time to take a bike ride!