Brainstorming Session: What stops you from being organized?

When you think of organization, often material things come to mind, however, your life; what you do, how to think, etc., also needs to be organized. 

Physical/Mental Health, Relationships, and Finances are a few examples of areas that you could work on organizing.  When organizing your life, you need to start by asking yourself what do you really want out of your life? 

In order to gain control of a situation, you must be brutally honest with where you want to be and, more importantly, where you are right now.   

Once you figure out where you are and where you want to get to, map out the steps that you need to take to get there.  Break it down, if necessary, into short-, mid- and long-term goals. 

After establishing your goals, you need to determine the tasks/steps to reach them.  If you want to lose weight or save money, write down what you ate or where you spend your money every day for two weeks and then evaluate it.  Make necessary adjustments.

Do not be ashamed to ask for help!  Sometimes you can be having conversations in your head about your situation/yourself that are counterproductive to being successful.  Many people would benefit from speaking with a counselor to hear an outside perspective.  Other ideas would be to read/listen to books, podcasts or other helpful resources.

Find a partner to help keep you accountable.  There are many online support groups if you don’t have anyone in your immediate circle.

It’s never too late to start.  Every day is a chance at a new beginning!  Even if you start working toward your goal and slip away from it, forgive yourself, and start again.

Be prepared for your goals to change. Periodically review your goals to ensure they are all still relevant.  Situations change if it takes more time to reach the goal due to unforeseen circumstances make sure you still give yourself credit for sticking with it.

Keep asking yourself WHY this goal is important to you and stay focused on that as motivation.

Remind yourself that you only get one life, make the journey count.

Bill Botkin, Independence Business Supply (IBS), orderibs.com

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