I posted recently 6 Ways to Stay Organized as a Leader. This week I wanted to follow up with benefits of being organized and how it can actually produce great results.
Less stress. I want you to think about stress as if it’s weight that you carry and every time something stresses you, you add more weight to carry. How much stress could you carry before you’re unable to walk, to move, to care for yourself and those around you, including your children? Now think about everything you need to do, but you’re not tracking it except in your mind and every time you add something to your ‘to do list’ your eyesight becomes blurred. The more you add, the less you see. It would be hard to accomplish your tasks/lists without seeing. So why not begin a path of being less stressed?
Being organized in not only the areas you work, but in your home can help you relieve that stress and when your stress is eliminated, good things begin to happen. Creating an organization process, or ways to be organized can help you move forward in your agenda/goals. Don’t let stress control you.
Stress management is life management. If you take control of your stress, your life will thank you for it. – Shereka Dunston
Time. Let’s say you have a huge list of things to do at work today. You prioritize, you break down what’s needed to accomplish your list and you schedule time appropriately according to how long each task will take. Your plan is written down and you’re ready to go. You have the vision now you have to put it into action. You begin to cross off items on your list. You then mark off the last thing on your list and guess what, you have 2 hours(example) before the work day is over. YES! You SAVED time! Organizing your workload realistically can save you time depending on the projects/tasks you have to do. I mean, results will vary, but nonetheless, the better you plan the more time you can save. Now the question is, what are you going to do with your extra time? Save time by being organized. Plan well and maybe that minute organizing can save you an hour…or at least a few more minutes.
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin
Productivity. When I organize my day and actually stick to it I get more things done. That’s right! Planning will open up the door to productivity. When we create agendas for the day on what needs to be done we’re more likely to stick to it, thus doing more. Time is lost when we spend it looking for things, getting distracted, not knowing what to do next and forgetting things you should have done. We become reactive instead of proactive. Be prepared so that things get done. Planning provides the opportunity to maximize your potential and to prove to your leadership how hard of a worker you are. It paves the way for success.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
Energy. There are many areas in our life that could be planned better. The greatest thing about organizing one area is that it’s contagious and you’ll want to organize other areas. I recently began planning my work week and I found it to be refreshing to know what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it. It felt great. I also began standing at work while at my desk instead of sitting. This has motivated me to organize more at home as well. I’m not really trying to micromanage every aspect of my life, but being organized makes everything better. I feel energetic as if I’m in control. I don’t feel stressed and I feel accomplished when I go to bed. I love coffee! Coffee gets me going, but when I’m on a roll of getting things done, I don’t even think about drinking coffee. I get a natural boost of energy. I have more energy and since I have more energy I control the day.
Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
Creativity. There are many ways to be creative and there are many ways that prevent creativity. Being disorganized can be an element that prevents creativity. Creativity takes time and if we don’t have time it is very difficult to spark ideas. This is why being organized is important to our ability to be creative. When we organize, we gain time which in turn gives us the opportunity to be creative. Another reason we are less creative is that we get distracted by the objects around us. Having a clear work space is like having a clear mind. It gives you room to think, breathe and create fresh ideas. Don’t let the clutter of objects, tasks and time be the preventing factor in your ability to create.
Everyone has creativity in them. It’s just a matter of unlocking that creativity. – Christina Canters