By Jonathan Desaussure
Two men are riding along in a Ranger Rover Sport. The driver throws his tan crushed leather day planner down on the seat in between him and his passenger. The passenger stares at the nice new day planner. The driver notices the passenger staring at it.
“What’s that?” asks the passenger.
“Surely you know what that is. It’s a tool I use to keep my life organized,” says the driver.
“Oh,” says the passenger, and then he purses his lips with a smirk and looks out the window at the passing cars. The driver tries to keep an eye on the road and his passenger. The look on the drivers face is one of pity on his face. The passenger catches the driver looking at him.
“What the hell you looking at me like that for?” asks the passenger.
“Don’t you ever stop and think about where you are going, or what you are doing here on earth?” asks the driver.
“Nope,” says the passenger.
“Not even a little bit?”
“Not even a tinsy wincy bit.”
“That attitude towards things doesn’t bother you?” asks the driver.
“Nope,” says the passenger.
“Why not?” asks the driver.
“They say if you think it’s going to rain, it will. I don’t want it to rain, so I don’t plan for anything, I don’t think about anything, and I don’t expect anything. That way I won’t be disappointed about anything.”
The driver nods his head a little, and with a stiff upper lip, he looks back at the road. The passenger taps his fingers on his legs. He looks at the driver, who has tuned him out at this point. He passenger pats his foot on the floor board to get the driver to say something to him. The driver continues to ignore his passenger. Finally, the passenger can’t stand it any more and asks the driver,
“Don’t you have something to say to me about my attitude toward organization?”
“You don’t want to hear what I have to say about it,” says the driver.
“Yeah, I do. Tell me,” says the passenger.
“Okay. They also say that the container of a man’s life is filled with the manifestations of his thoughts. You have just explained to me why you don’t diddley squat.”
Have you seen this kind of person before? Did you know that thoughts create actions, which create results. If you are going to take action, how do you know which actions to take? How do you save time on taking action? How do you keep straight in which order to take the action? I’ll tell you. It’s by being organized.
I can hear the late Zig Ziglar’s voice in my mind now. “You are never going to make it as a wandering generality ladies and gentleman. To accomplish anything, you have to become a meaningful specific.” Zig was talking about goals specifically. Having goals is an act of organization. Organization skills help you put some structure and predictability in your life, and that is a very good thing to have no matter what area of your life you are working with. Imagine going into an Emergency room where they treat the person with a minor scrape on the knee before they tree the person who is bleeding out of his or her skull. Let’s consider the act of spending money? The result of spending against and account that has not been balanced in a while could prove to be disastrous. What about the act of taking medications? Not knowing which medications to take at what time or how much of it to take could be potentially fatal.
I would bet the passenger mentioned above fits the class of wandering generality. You’ve seen them. They are the ones that wake up, cross their fingers, and let the circumstance of the day dictate their actions. That is a poor way to live, especially if one wants to achieve anything worth while. In order to achieve anything, one must put in intelligently planned action to get the results from that action.
To-do lists, calendars, charts, and now, there are phone apps to help you organize your life. These tools keep in front of you, who, what, when, where, and why of your activity for maximum productivity. How would one know he or she has arrived it he or she doesn’t have a clue where they are at?
I probably don’t have to convince you that it’s a good idea to have some organization in your life. However, just in case you are new to using the skill of organization as a success strategy, I’ll give you five reasons why you should get organized.
Being organized gives your life direction. You immediately cease being a wandering generality the second you know the specifics of why you are doing what you are doing.
2. Time Management
Being organized helps you manage your time. That’s very important in achievement. We all have many areas of our lives that need our attention. To be sure we give each area the proper time, we should organize and or schedule time to be devoted to that particular area.
Let’s say you wanted to get into shape. Three factors of your fitness would involve, strength, cardio, and weight loss. A fitness calendar would help you see and devote time to all the areas of your fitness program. Just by managing your time give you balance, which will help you be successful in all areas of interest in your life.
Being organized would help you know, without trying to remember, where you need to be and what you need to be doing. I’ve helped people whose minds were everywhere except where it should be at the time. A lot of the time, they weren’t even doing anything of value to help them reach their goals or they didn’t even have any goals. They mistook activity for accomplishment.
Being organized helps you be accountable to yourself and others when they are involved. Have you ever had people swear they will meet you at a place on such and such time and never show? They didn’t even bother to call you and give an explanation. When and if you see them again, what the excuse do they usually give? “I forgot,” right? Why did they forget? There are only three reasons they didn’t show: Something happened, they were not organized enough to know they were supposed to be with you, or they just didn’t care. Most of the time it turns out to be the second reason. Needless to say, that kind of behavior doesn’t put them in a favorable light with you or anyone else whom they treat like that.
Strive to get some organization skills and put some order to your life. You’ll be glad you did. I hope this article helps you in some way.
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