CONGRATULATIONS! You have set some goals and now are moving forward! The question now becomes how do you get organized for success?
This is a great question. With today’s demand on our time, managing the activities that take up our time becomes paramount in the achievement of our goals.
Remember, we did not get where we are overnight, and thus, we won’t get where we desire to be overnight either. In today’s Microwave, fast food type world, we expect instant gratification along with our instant rice!
I will refer you to Darren Hardy again and his great book The Compound Effect and also The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Both of these books talk about the small things done over time creates what we want.
Organization is one of my top goals on my list this year. In reviewing this last year’s events, I see where some of the areas where I have been least productive and most frustrated are where I am un-organized.
As I evaluated this issue, I saw two things: HOW and WHY. The WHY I addressed above. Additionally, as I learn more about the value of my time, I am learning the more I effectively utilize it, the more it is worth……….A Question: Do you know what your time is worth?
Then, we come to the HOW. If you do your research, you can find all the expert opinions on this. What I am going to explain is what I utilize and what is working for me. Please do your own, but find a way to organize your time.
STEP ONE – Determine what your time is worth, per hour. This will then guide you in how you utilize TIME! Once I started to learn this I started to maximize how I was working.
STEP TWO – Use a SYSTEM! For me, I am a tech kind of guy. I do not like walking around with paper calendars or lists. For me, I needed something that I could access on my phone, IPad and computer; the three systems that I have evaluated and are now using.
John Maxwell talks about a system he uses called “The Rule of 5’s.” This is five things he does everyday that will move him towards success. His rule of 5’s for his writing are:
1. Every day he reads.2. Every day he files ideas.3. Every day he asks questions.4. Every day he thinks.5. Every day he writes.
John talks about this in his book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” Motivation gets you going – Discipline keeps you going. The rule of 5 is the discipline!
As I have designed my Rule of 5’s, I have found that organization is essential.
My system I use for the filing of ideas is Evernote. This web based organizer is a great tool across all devices. Being web based, I can access the information as needed. One of the best features of this program is that this information can be accessed by multiple users. For an example, my wife and I each have notebooks, but we also have joint notebooks that we can collaborate on projects or enhance notes and information.
The next system I use is called OmniFocus for Mac. This tools allows for the creation of notes and these can then be organized into projects. These projects can then be transferred to our calendar for reminders or deadlines.
The last system I use is called Getting Things Done GTD by David Allen. This is a 100% practical system. However, for this system to be 100% effective, you must know the benefits of having a personal mission statement, set of defined values and principles that drive you, and a set of S.M.A.R.T. goals defined and written down in each of the growth areas of your life.
Putting GTD into action is what you do after you have all those in place.
You have a plan, now start working your plan! If you can master your plan you will be well on your way to major productivity and achieving your goals!
Next post we will continue the discussion on Mastering your WorkFlow!
ACTION STEP #1 ~ Examine and define the value of your time, what is an hour of your time worth.
ACTION STEP #2 ~ Find a system that will work for you!
ACTION STEP #3 ~ Define your Rule of 5.
As you read this, TODAY, RIGHT NOW can be one of those DECISION POINTS. Today can be the day you discover your potential. Today can be the day you spread your wings and start SOARING! All it takes is DEFINING the VISION, DISCIPLINING the FOCUS and ACHIEVING POSITIVE LEGACY!
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