I am asked many times. "How do you do it all and still have a life?" A very interesting question. Actually, the answer is quite simple and works on any level. One of my favorite quotes is, "Life is not complicated, people make it complicated." That is truth in it's purest form. Did you know that one of the most popular New Year's Resolution is to become better organized? Here is a link to a great article from 2017. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/2017-new-year-s-resolutions-most-popular-how-stick-them-n701891
To the point. I am very successful at organization because I follow five simple steps.
1. Don't procrastinate - If it's simple and quick, I get it done. It no longer has to sit on my plate or a to-do list.
2. Time management - I set a certain amount of time out of each day to do specific tasks. That time may vary on my mood or things that come up. Meaning, I may swap a morning task with an afternoon or evening task, etc.
3. Leave yourself a buffer - You can't fill every minute of every day. You buffer time, meaning, time where nothing is planned. IF the unexpected occurs, you will be completely thrown off and will get behind.
4. Leave time for life - CRITICAL. You need time for yourself, your family, and your significant other. MAKE IT, TAKE IT. Life must have balance. If not, the stress will get to you and affect everything else in your life. As the saying goes, "Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."
5. Formulate your plan - I am not saying that those who "take it as it comes are wrong." That may be their personality. That is what most do. However, at the end of the day you will find yourself saying, "I was so busy today and got nothing done." There will be times when you follow these five steps and still have those days. They should be the exception and not the rule.
Organizations is very simple. To often people try to cram everything into a few days in order to have time off. That never works and never will. Why? Have you ever heard the phrase, "Life happens?" That is why. When you cram everything in, the slightest delay will mess up your entire day. Before you know it, you are frustrated, and nothing gets done. So much for your time off. Like anything else, it's a learned behavior. All you need to do is re-learn it. Fell free to preview my writing video tutorials and others on Udemy.com. Type Caesar Rondina in the search bar. Follow me on Facebook - Caesar Rondina Author, Twitter - @caesarrondina, and Instagram - caesarrondinaauthor. Please feel free to leave comment below.
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