Keeping Organized in a World of Chaos
My best days are ones that are planned. My weeks are way more productive when I have my calendar mapped out with critical appointments, classes and activities.
I try to keep my calendar really light as things always come up or someone needs to change their appointment. Plus, for most of my projects there is a lot of prep work that goes into it so I know it can get hairy. Always allow more time than you think it will actually take.
For me, the most important thing is to have Monday morning as office time to get organized for the week, confirm appointments, send out my newsletter/blog, etc. Clients are blocked together; mastermind, yoga and cooking class are non-changeable appointments. I only place appointments into time slots. The other projects are floating and can be moved around and don’t require any fixed time slot. Friday is always blocked out for Follow-up and Finances.
The amazing thing to me is that people who look super organized still feel like they don’t have enough time. We live in a world of chaos and noise. Our minds are always trying to fog things out. The problem is with the overload you may occasionally fog out the wrong information and then miss something that was actually important to you.
Mindfulness is key. Paying attention to the little choices we are faced with all day long. For the most part we aren’t even aware of how much each tiny choice affects us.
You need to plan. Now I’m not saying that everything you plan will work out. The saying is, “People plan and God laughs.”
By planning and actually using your calendar you will have a greater chance to accomplish what you need to and want to. For me, I exercise at either 4:00 or 5:00pm everyday. I start dinner and then workout either in my garage or go for a walk. I like to get my work done and then use working out as my reward.
Everyone is different and I KNOW that most people do better if they workout first thing in the morning. The important thing is that I do it and the important thing is that you do too.
My Nana always used to say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
For me, I know I feel better when things are in order. As soon as the house gets messy, my calendar falls apart or I don’t do what I set out to do, I feel yucky.
Whether designing a business or keeping good health, it is the same. You need to see the end result and then work it backwards.
But all things should be done decently and in order. ~1 Corinthians 14:40