Yeah, you’ve probably already read a couple of books (or articles for the ones with heavy eyelids) on the subject: In fact, there are probably thousands of other subjects related to this: work, desks, computers, closets, home, relationships, notes, you name it.
We come into contact with so many things in a single day, consciously it’s impossible for you to keep track of every single thing and action you are involved with for 24 hours. So, yes, it is true that keeping organized saves a lot of time and headaches. But really, most of us, suck at it.
I’m no expert on the subject, and I’m certainly no elite example of it either, but I do know this: procrastination, lack of organization, and not being able to reach your goals are three sides of the same vicious triangle. And I am sick of it. Under the risk of sounding like this is a page from a personal journal, one too many things and being-on-the-edge moments have slipped me by because of this very triangle. Perhaps you can relate.
However, although you might put your mind and back into it, visible improvement will NOT happen over night, just like all “good” things in life. You certainly have to start somewhere though, and for me, it has been “starting” for a while now, with several articles and videos on the subject. But the definite moment when I truly saw tangible improvement was the moment I started reading Unstuff Your Life by Andrew Mellan.
I literally cleaned out my closet, threw away (not kidding) 6 bags of old paperwork, trash, and things that were just lying around but presented no true functional or sentimental value in my life. I decided that if I was going to start having an organized life, I would start by creating an adequate environment in which an organized life could thrive in success.
So far, so good. Deadlines have been met, procrastination lapses have gone down (though there’s a lot yet to go), goals have been achieved, and proactivity has been enhanced. Sure, it all sounds like a 2 minute movie lapse in which you see a definite difference between the before and after circumstances. However, it has been mostly about (sheer) will power. That literally means to start ignoring that little voice from inside telling you to do that tomorrow, or to not go out for a run because you’re enjoying those 5 extra minutes of sleep. It also means that you need to keep your blood sugar levels to an optimum level, meaning you should eat right. Not just because of your figure or even your health. People tend to make the right decisions with enough will power on a full stomach.
How unbelievably annoying this must be to so many people, thinking that these insignificant details can actually make a change in their routine, or even making them earn more money. It is, it sounds border-stupid. That’s what your inner voice is telling you. What have you got to lose though?