Staying Organized will Lead You To Success

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I am the epitome of an organized person. Both at work and at home, I keep to some very strict rules. The practice of these rules has been one of the simple secrets of my success. Here are just a handful of the rules which I live and work by:

Rule #1. A messy desk leads to an unproductive day.
Psychologically, a messy desk provides your subconscious feedback that reinforces your self perception that you are not organized. You will be continually distracted as your eyes move from pile to pile, instead of focusing on the task at hand. A study has been done which shows that people who normally work in a messy work environment can double or triple their productivity almost overnight simply by being forced to clean up their desk.

Rule #2. Prioritize your day with a list.
Start your day by writing a list of what needs to be done. The simple act writing a list makes it more difficult to procrastinate projects that you know should be your first priority. It has been shown that productivity can increase by 25% when working from a list.

Once you have this list, it is key to prioritize the tasks using a number system which correlates to the importance of the tasks. Tasks which are important and have serious consequences to your career if not completed should be ranked highest. Once your task list has been prioritized, start your day with the most important task identified. Do not move on to lower ranking tasks until the higher ranking tasks have been completed.

Rule #3. Only work on the current task at hand.
Jumping from task to task is ineffective and inefficient. Staying focused on your priority list, completing one task before moving to another, will actually save you time. Moreover, jumping from task to task will likely lead to errors in your work.

Do not drop everything every time you hear the "ding" of your email. Review and deal with your email, phone messages, and texts at regularly scheduled times. As tempting as it may be to stay constantly connected, this is a habit that contributes more to an unproductive day than any other habit.

Rule #4. Resist the temptation to do the easy things first.
Do not succumb to the temptation to go for the quantity of checkmarks on your task list over the quality of the checkmarks. While it might feel good for a fleeting moment to feel like you finished a lot of tasks, failing to work on the high value tasks will not bring you the success you desire. Stay focused on the tasks that will bring you the greatest reward and positive impact on your life when complete.

If you’d like to talk about how I can help you achieve you achieve organization in your professional life, contact me for a free consultation.

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