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I've heard that organization is the key to success, so I'm starting today with a new approach to that understanding. Will things get better? I honestly don't know, but they definitely couldn't get any worse...right?
So, what am I wanting to accomplish from this? To have a pretty calendar in my email? To have bragging rights about how "organized" I am? As I work to organized my life a bit better, I sit in front of news headlines that read of nothing short of chaos. There's fear and concern throughout every city in the US, right now, due to the Coronavirus pandemic; and I'm sure it's very similar around the world. What will organizing daily tasks and projects do to help with all of this? Well, my primary hope is that this will provide a strong habit of changing behavior...that it will not so much "force" me to change my approach to my life, but instead provide me with the knowledge that (with a bit of focused energy) I do, in fact, have the time to do the things I want while accomplishing the goals I've set for myself.
If I had to write a list of 10 line items that I look to achieve through being better orgnized, they would focus on the following growth:
- Personal - Spiritual
- Professional - Mental
- Creative - Communal
- Educational - Environmental
- Interpersonal - Physiological
With these 10 areas in mind, below are ten points of interest (possibly more like objectives) I look to achieve through becoming better organized.
- I want to give myself the opportunity to focus on a happier, healthier "Me"
- Organizing my professional affairs will put myself, the team I'm on, and the company where I work in a better position of success
- Being better organized will also better direct my time so I am able to learn more creative skills that will support other aspects found in the these 10 items
- It's said that you never stop learning...I just want to make sure that's correct
- Chaos in being organized removes patience from personal interactions, and I want to be as patient and calm with others as I can be
- An organized life will objectively provide me with a peace of mind I'd otherwise not have
- Instead of focusing on what is on my to-do list, I want to be able to focus on the task at hand with a clear mind that is not being interrupted by things that shouldn't be given a ton of energy
- A lot of time is devoted to myself, and I want to be more active with my family, friends, coworkers, and community
- I mean, can't we all do with a little more focused attention dedicated to our environment in which we live
- As I grow older, I obviously move further away from my youth; and while my mind does well with growing and maturing, I think the "treat your body as a temple" approach will help me hold on to my youth for just a little while longer...and what's so bad about that?
Being organized goes beyond making things look pretty on a board or calendar. The ripple effects have the potential to stretch beyond ourselves; and during a time when our behavior has the strength to impact the masses, shouldn't we take this time to figure out how we can do that more positively than what we were doing prior to 2020?