Getting Organized

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”Benjamin Franklin

Today the practice of good personal organization is commonly overlooked and underrated. For many simply the thought of spending time and money on resources and structures that help you get organized is a tedious and boring process. This is understandable because it doesn’t always bring immediate excitement. Nevertheless, the benefits that good organization can bring far outweighs the small cost of the initial investment. To be organized can be defined as the process of being “methodical and efficient in arrangement or function”. In other words you’re bringing in structure to what might otherwise be a chaotic process. If you ever catch yourself tearing up your room to find something that’s been misplaced, or realising you’ve made two appointments at the same time, usually those are symptoms of bad organization. Even God is a good organizer “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…” 1 Corin 14:33.

You may even say ‘Well, organizing is nice but it’s not really a big deal.’ But if you take the time to look at the benefits you might be pleasantly surprised. Just taking a little time to plan and organise helps you to look at the bigger picture of life and keep focused on your priorities. If fact, good personal organization can help us to be more productive and save much of our valuable time and money. And organization isn’t just about building structures; it actually helps us to choose the correct tools to put the many facets of our life into perspective. For example in improving your health you can assess not only the best time to exercise but you can also consider the best food to eat. Or in sharpening your spiritual life you may realise that your prayer life is more effective in the morning than in the evening. Nonetheless, good organization helps you accomplish tasks more efficiently and deal with people more effectively. A few useful organization tips:

1. Get a good diary or personal organizer. They range from book form to electronic organizers.

2. Understand the many areas of life that can be organized – your time, finances, home, family, health, mental and spiritual development.

3. Take time to reduce or get rid of unnecessary junk and clutter . This involves throwing away things that waste your time, take up space, energy or money.

4. Organize your paper and hard copy items into booklets and folders. Index them and where possible store information on a computer to save space.

5. Always focus on the most important goals. For instance your goal isn’t to have a nice looking diary, it’s to save time and simplify life.

6. Don’t just get organized, develop systems to stay organized. For example spend a few minutes each night to plan the next day, spend some time each month to budget your finances or conduct a weekly clean up of your room or workspace.

7. Start small – your life doesn’t get organized in one day, it’s a continuous process. Start on one area and build on other areas over time.

Always seek out the best methods to keep organized. Good organization not only simplifies life but is also a great stress reducer.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.”Alfred North Whitehead

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