“Let all things be done decently and in order.” – Paul, the Apostle
Merry Christmas! What a glorious day to honour the greatest man (and God) that every walked the face of the earth. I am happy we all saw this day. It is surely a great time to love and share with friends and family. Make sure someone feels your impact today (and for the rest of 2014 of course) as you celebrate. I am also excited that even in the midst of celebration, we still have to continue building ourselves up. So day 64 of#LAST70DAYSOF2013 series is here and it is all about ‘getting organised in 2014’ and of course for the rest of your life. I am excited to share about this with you because it is key and vital to success and excellent performance in life, family, business and career. I am sure it is an admirable virtue for one to be organised. It is such a lovely inclination that has a great potential to attract the best kinds of people and minds to your life.
The first thing I want to point out is that ‘to be organised is of God’. He does not like or favour disorderliness or confusion. I believe that He works better in an organised life or situation. His spirit operates in an atmosphere of order. A life that is full of God is represented by how well organised it is. Secondly, it is God’s demand that all things be done decently and in order, including how you conduct your everyday life. If you must represent Him well, then you need to follow order in your life every day. He is never the author of confusion. Third, there is nothing so much irritating to the possibility of success than a disorganised lifestyle. I would think that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a disorganised person to succeed. One thing very important in getting your life organised is to understand the purpose of getting organised – it is not to make your house pristine. The purpose of getting organised is to make your life more functional. If you are expecting a more functional lifestyle in 2014, then you must first of all get your life organised. If you want to get attention of successful people, you must get yourself organised. If you to see the kinds of results you admire in the life of others in your own life, then there is no double standard in getting organised. Much more, getting organised helps us to live a less-stressed life and therefore, able to achieve more.
I believe that just like I had experienced in the past until I began to understand the power of getting organised (because I was not always organised from the beginning), many people out there have missed so much opportunities because they failed to get organised. When you miss a deadline to submit an application for a job, contract, grant or scholarship opening, it is simply because you were not organised in pursuing it. To get organised in your lifestyle, you will need to take steps on the inside, by clarifying your priorities, objectives, and how you want your lifestyle arranged. Know what you need/want to do, when you are going to do it, and avoid the stressful situation of not knowing what needs to be done. Getting organised takes time, but when you get into the habit of it, life becomes so much easier! Therefore in 2014, you need to get organised in your mind, at work or office, at home, with your money, and of course in your wardrobe. Set your goals and targets aright. Do not leave your life to confusion.
So, today let me share with you 21 thoughts I saw on http://www.stressbusting.com.uk about getting your life organised in 2014 so you achieve more with less stress at the same time.
1. Tackle difficult tasks first
Work first thing each day on the things you would rather avoid, leaving until later things that you enjoy. Easier said than done, but effective nonetheless.
2. Work at the time that’s best for you
Set yourself time zones each day during which you carry out specific tasks and try and tie these in with fluctuations in your energy level. Most people are freshest in the morning and dip after lunch; so, tackle more creative or demanding tasks in the morning, and save the early afternoon for filing and phoning.
3. Use a clock
Have a clock prominently displayed on your desk – it will serve as a visual reminder to stop you wasting time. If you don’t have a physical clock to hand, use the clock that’s built in to your computer.
4. Make nightly to-do lists
Before you leave work each night make a list of things that you need to do the next day and stick it on your screen or desktop. It will help you to get organised and be up and running first thing the next morning.
5. Shop online
Shop online for weekly groceries, among other items. You’ll save money as well as time.
6. Book in advance
Booking in advance or at the very last minute will save you a lot of money. Either tends to be cheaper but the former is less stressful – getting organised to go away can be highly stressful and sorting this out in advance will make the whole ordeal more bearable.
7. Set up online banking
Stop wasting time in long queues at your local branch and start using online banking. You can even download apps on your phone that will let you bank on the move.
8. Keep a file of useful household information
Keep a file on your computer with all the workmen, tradespeople and repair services which you need to run your house. Use the same file to record the serial and model number of any item that you might need when reporting a fault.
9. Wash up before going to bed
Do the dishes before you go to bed – no matter how late. However tired and hung over you feel it’s easier to face the day with a clean kitchen.
10. Use a birthday calendar
Have a birthday chart. Keep it by the calendar in the kitchen and look at it weekly. This way you’ll never forget another birthday.
11. Ask a friend for advice
Invite a friend or family member whose opinion you trust to act as a critic of your entire wardrobe. Discard accordingly.
12. Use shoeboxes
Fashion editors are great examples for how to be organised. They keep the boxes that their shoes came in, stick a photo of the pair on the box and stack boxes like a shoe shop. Easy to see, neat to store.
13. Get ready the night before
Hang up your clothes every night, put your shoes away, and put your dirty laundry in the laundry basket. Then lay out your clothes for the next day, making sure they’re clean and pressed. Morning is not the time to become a maid service.
Keep a sewing basket by the television. There are few programmes so absorbing that you can’t be doing something else at the same time.
15. Sleep seven hours a night
Get at least seven hours sleep a night – you will think and work better. How much sleep we get is one of the biggest influencers of how we feel. Studies show that as little as five consecutive nights of sleeping badly can significantly lower our mood.
16. Manage your moods
Destructive emotions and obsessive patterns of behaviour are seriously inefficient. If you feel yourself getting angry or sad, stop for a moment and think why. Learning mindfulness is one of the best ways of managing your moods.
17. Leave work on time
Decide on a realistic exit time from work and stick to it. Studies show that, after a certain number of hours at work, our level of productivity drops dramatically. Learn to work smarter, not harder.
18. Give your brain a workout
Exercise your memory. Train your brain by doing crosswords and playing Sudoku. Learning a new skill like a foreign language has been scientifically proven to make us think more creatively.
19. Set clear goals
Set yourself a goal, then make a list of the steps you’ll need to get there. Almost anything is achievable if your break it down into small steps. Or, as the Chinese say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”.
20. Be decisive
Most (not all) decisions are reversible; not making a decision, however, is time-consuming for you and for others. Psychologists use the term “analysis paralysis” to refer to the condition of being unable to make a choice. Of all the advice on how to overcome an inability to choose, the most effective is just to follow your “gut feeling”.
Delegate as much as possible. Think carefully about each task and decide whether you really need to do it or whether there is someone else who could do it more quickly, more effectively or more cheaply.
Organised or disorganised, which is your choice for 2014? For the sake of your life, please get organised this once.
Prayer: Receive the spirit and grace to lead a decent and orderly lifestyle in 2014 so that your success will appear speedily in Jesus name, Amen.