A little order makes your day
Juggling a job, a home and children
I was late to office today. This time, the excuse was that I misplaced my two wheeler key! And on the way, the vehicle came to a standstill, running out of fuel. Only when filling fuel, did I realize that I had not taken my wallet. Again fortunately, I had the credit card. My drive was safe, before being caught by traffic police for not carrying insurance papers. This time, fortune did not come my way. , I reached office settling all problems, of course, late.
“A good beginning has a good ending.” But I had a bad start. That was a reason enough for the mess I created the rest of the day.
Some people are always on the go, but seem to manage their lives with remarkable efficiency and ease, juggling a home, a job and children. Others feel tired and stressed at the very idea of getting organized and find it hard to meet their work commitments, enjoy their social lives and fit in shopping and childcare.
A little organization helps. There are people who always put off things, for various reasons. Some lack the will to get started. Others cannot get started because they keep changing their plans. There are yet others who are plain lazy and want to put off hard work. These are the symptoms of ‘disorganized’ people.
Take a minute off to think about yourself: Do you get your files together and start sorting out badly cluttered notes just when the presentation is round the corner and then burn the midnight oil trying to finish the project? Do you go hunting for clean socks and ironed shirt only when it’s time to leave for office? Are you the sort of person who promises to see a friend, and then decide to go shopping instead, even as your friend waits for you? Then, the following tips are meant for you.
Lack of mental organization is unhealthy. Badly done or incomplete tasks put your reputation at stake. You could lose trust and goodwill, and worse still, good friends. There have been instances where businessmen have lost valuable contracts and armies have lost battles due to mismanaged affairs.
But such disasters can be averted if you decide to convert yourself into an organised person.
Analyse Your Steps
All successful people have a habit of organizing their work. You must spare at least one hour every month to examine your progress in life
Prepare a ‘To Do’ List Daily
As soon as you reach your working place prepare a ‘To Do’ list – it is a list of the tasks you have to do that day. Allot time and approximate period for a certain task. Try your best to complete maximum tasks in a day. If you are unable to complete several tasks on that day, do those tasks the next day.
If you make a habit of putting things back in their proper place immediately after use, life will be a lot easier. If everyone is reminded to do the same, it will save last minute panics trying to find the second shoe or that special necklace that matches the dress. Also, you will never have to face the daunting task of a major clear up.
Manage Your Time
Time Management is as crucial to your victory as oxygen to your life. The more you waste it, the more you move away from success. Observing successful persons makes you learn the tricks of achieving what you plan. You will realize that their days, hours and even minutes are devoted to a certain task. They use their time like hard-earned money. Wasting it means inviting a miserable future.
Don’t Go After Your Moods
Without discipline it is impossible to meet deadlines or work efficiently for months or years. People who want to do everything according to their mood bring total disorganisation in their life.
Avoid the Time Killers
To succeed in life, it is necessary to cut down the time killers. Don’t read unsolicited mail/SMS. Attend only important telephone calls. Rest can be handled by your secretary or office assistant. Avoid gossiping.
Organise your money
Most of the financial crises in life arise due to a person’s lack of interest in organising money. Financial flow is the backbone of any commercial or non-commercial activity in our life. Neither we nor our business can survive happily if it is disturbed. Therefore every person must spare some time everyday to organise his/her finances. Do develop a habit of saving some money every day.
Introspect … ———— box item
• Be aware
… of all of your commitments
• Be realistic
… about the task you are involved in and exactly and how long it will take to accomplish it.
• Make plans
… about what needs to be done?
… about when you will do it?
… about how you will do it?
• Evaluate your progress
… to see how you are getting on?
… to see if you are on schedule?
… to see what can be done quickly and efficiently to get back on schedule?
….to see how much you will spare in the coming month to study more in the field of your interest?
Here is a small exercise to test- how organized you are? Selection of answers itself tells your degree of organization.
|1. Your holiday at Darjeeling is cancelled by the travel agency.|
2. Your boss has asked you to organise the next meeting:
3. Your strategy in the supermarket is:
4. Your man is always leaving his dirty socks around the house:
5. Saturday is going to be really busy: a must-see exhibition
in the morning, followed by coffee, the cinema, drinks and a
6. You’re curled up on the sofa watching a DVD,when friends pop round:
|7. It’s late by the time your friends leave:|
|8. Your friend is having a housewarming party, but he’s |
only invited a few people so it’s not too much bother:
|9. You love the 9 o clock TV serial on Tuesday night. |
|10. Your tailor has broken and you can’t get a refund |
without the receipt: