Getting organized isn’t just about being motivated, developing a system, prioritizing or being productive. Whether you want to be spontaneous or you are a planner, getting organized begins with your frame of mind – so, get positive.
Here are 10 rules that will help you to get in a positive mind-set and get organized:
- Don’t wait until you feel motivated – just do it!
- Make a plan.
- Figure out ways that you tend to sabotage yourself – and don’t do those things!
- Be realistic about your abilities, skills and expectations – don’t hold yourself to a standard you know you aren’t able to achieve.
- Look at the tasks you have to do and start with the most difficult – life will be easier on you when you know you have accomplished getting it done.
- Know you can’t do everything and find help to do what you know you can’t manage.
- When working, intentionally avoid interruptions and distractions, you’ll be much more productive without your mind being torn in different directions.
- Create a sense of urgency and set deadlines for completing tasks.
- If it works, don’t modify it. Once you find a winning plan, don’t change it!
- Do one thing at a time – trying to multitask will leave you ineffective and slow in your efforts.
Eric Barker, a TIME contributor writes, “Productivity systems rarely take emotions into account. And feelings are a fundamental and unavoidable part of why humans do what they do. We can’t ignore our emotions. Because of the way our brains are structured, when thought and feelings compete, feelings almost always win. And we can’t fight our feelings. Research shows this just makes them stronger.”