Becoming organized and self-disciplined is of utmost importance and the solid foundation for success in life and work! Any book that teaches financial independence (“The Millionaire Mind”, “The four hour work week”, etc.) or tells biographies of millionaires (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett), highly intellectual and/or spiritual individuals, emphasizes the importance of these two qualities: organized and self-disciplined.
I would like to share my thoughts about what does it mean to be organized? or how to become self-disciplined? Aside from personal experience, I have done lots of research and analysis on the subject, so I hope this article helps you better understand those two so important skills.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ORGANIZED?
Being a good organizer at work and at business starts with being personally organized. Knowing how to alphabetized files and being able to do so quickly, how to create weekly budgets for the household and stick to them, or how to most efficiently use the car gas by choosing specific routes, it all starts with you alone. The following interdependence shows how organizational skills are directly applicable to the success you have been dreaming of for so long!
PERSONALLY ORGANIZED = ORGANIZED LIFE = PRODUCTIVE DAYS = GREAT LEADERSHIP SKILLS = MAKING A GREAT IMPACT ON THE WORLD BY LIVING AS AN EXAMPLE AND ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS
Some people are more organized than others. From the research I have done it turns out that it all comes down to the first seven years of a child’s life. During that time children copy everything their parents/guardians do. Unfortunately, not all of us have had organized families or parents, but that does not mean that it is too late to learn. Here are few steps that can help you become organized or more organized!
- Learn to wake-up at the exact same time every morning regardless if it is a school or work day;
- Our brains and bodies are at their best performance between 9 AM to 11:30 AM, then 3:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Use those time slots to do the most important work you have scheduled for the day! (note: Of course, these time slots might not work for everybody, but the point is to find the times of the day when you are at your peak performance and use it wisely.)
- Get into the habit of reading a book in the morning. Choose a book that will teach you something new right at the start of a new day. You will be amazed of how much better your brain performs throughout the day and how much more focused you are by just reading 30 min first thing in the morning!
- Use calendars, sticky notes, etc. to prepare for your days. Start the preparation the night before and assign time slots for all of your appointments, hobbies, family duties, etc. Try to follow as close as possible.
- Unless you work as a Social Media Manager it is highly advisable that you delete the Facebook (any social media app) off your phone. Leave the messenger, for instance, and use it connect with people, but try to avoid meaninglessness chats. By deleting your Facebook app off your phone you will save lots of time! You stay more focused, save time and are calmer during the day when you stay away from Facebook’s news feed as much as possible. Limit Facebook use!!! (note: Trust me on that one and try it out!)
- Try exercising mid-day or towards the end of your work day! Since your body is at its prime between the hours of 9 AM and 11:30 AM, I avoid advising people on going for early morning runs. Why? First of all, your heart and blood circulation is still waking up and by running in the morning you are forcing them — unhealthy! Second, chances are you will get tired quicker during the day than if you do your exercise around 1:30PM. Exercise improves the mood, relaxes the brain and strengthens the muscles!
- Stay accountable to yourself! One of the most important aspects/steps in being organized is being accountable. Once you have written down a daily schedule for yourself, go back to it at the end of the day and scratch off all activities you have done! Make a plan on how to accomplish the ones you missed out or the once you could have done better. This is just between you and yourself, so be open and honest. There is only so much one could do in a 24 hours period, so don’t be harsh on yourself, but be self-encouraging.
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HOW TO BECOME SELF-DISCIPLINED?
Becoming self-disciplined goes hand-in-hand with being self-organized. If you follow the steps I just shared with you, then you will definitely become self-disciplined!
There are, however, few specific steps about being disciplined that I would like to share with you!
- Being self-disciplined does not start with a daily routine, but in the mind. You need to condition your mind in a way that best serves you. This is the hardest part of becoming successful! Once you are a master of your mind you will be successful, whether or not you are worth millions of dollars. I have come to understand that the mind is the only thing we take away with us after this life is over. So, whatever you learn it stays with you forever!
- Training your mind starts with self-affirmations and self-encouragement. If you think you need to be a better listener to your clients or you need to have more focus on your work, staying away from day dreaming, you can start by placing notes around your work space to remind you to stay focus. Write down inspirational quotes that you find uplifting or just something positive about yourself. It will be a good and positive start that would bring more positive results in the long-term.
- Training your mind starts with avoiding certain distractions. If you have been in a fight with someone you care about and have not asked them for reconciliation it will stay with you throughout the work day and it will take from your power and energy. Instead, you could have focused all of your energy on the daily tasks. So, find that person and get things settled with him/her!
- Training your mind also includes not talking to people or about things that could totally distract you from your goals. Of course, things happen all of the time, but try to avoid topics that have nothing to do with your task at hand. There is time for that later in the day. The sooner you finish your work, the more time you will have to chill!
- Training your mind includes being able to replace thoughts! If you find yourself thinking about a negative past experience or have negative anticipation of an upcoming presentation, for instance, sit down, close your eyes and try to replace the negativity with positiveness! Visualize yourself as successful, calm, focused, liked, accepted — this will take you long ways!
- One of the hardest things to do when being self-disciplined is to say NO. Yes, you do need to learn to say NO and you need to say it often. The closer your become to achieving your goals (whatever they might be) the more people will be attracted to you that would try, unconsciously, to lead you away. Solution: just say NO!
- Being self-disciplined means being self-reliant, self-accountable, self-responsible. It is all between you and the person in the mirror. Learn to admit your mistakes, learn your lessons from them and move on. Don’t waste time for things you can’t change!
There are plenty of books and university degrees that could teach you on the basic Organizational Behavior principles a company should practice, but the truth is that it all starts with the employees. If all employees exhibit excellent personal organization and are self-disciplined, then their work will be a direct reflection of it, then the whole company. Start today and be successful tomorrow!