Forget everything you knew about ways to get promoted (or at least appreciated). It’s neither your lack of assertiveness and risk-taking, nor the conspicuous absence of a college degree that’s keeping you back. It’s your organizational skills, or lack of.
Are you guilty of any of these? (Or God forbidden, all of them?)
- Running late for meetings, not showing up at all?
- Kids and partner complaining you never spend time with them?
- Constantly staring at your iPhone, tablet, screen or any other electronic device?
- Stressed, overwhelmed, always at the verge of a panic attack?
- Often reprimanded at work for not being detail-focused and making unforgivable mistakes.
It’s not that there’s something wrong with you, it’s all about how you manage time, people and stuff. You’re a second away from realizing how easy it is to get things under control with just a few organizational steps!
Write it down
Chores, meetings, dates, shopping lists, picking ups and dropping offs, everything. Why lie to your friend that you’ll remember your date, only to end up calling your other friend to remind you of the address (been there, done that!)?
Prepare well ahead
Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Because be honest, you never get down to actually doing it. Ever. Start working on that annual progress report/ or looking for wedding shower gift ideas well in advance. Why wait, anyway?
Make waiting fun
Well, not fun, just useful. We spend whole hours each week waiting for coffee, for a report to be send, for the bell to ring and the pasta to cook. Use every minute, otherwise wasted on daydreaming to take care of pending to-do’s.
Un-clutter your life and home
We often mistake our physically cluttered homes for a sign of happiness and wealth. In fact, unnecessary, material stuff just make our lives harder and needlessly stressful.
Declutter your home and see your life take up a new meaning. See how much simpler life is, once you get rid of that 146th pair of shoes.
By following these organizational tips you’ll be able to replace your otherwise exhaustively stressful lifestyle, with a low-paced, productive one. Plus you’ll get to have that thing money can’t buy. Quality time.
Being organized is not an inherent talent, but a thoroughly acquired skill. Cultivate it and see your life change for the better. You’d be surprised how more efficient and prolific you’ll be at work. Suddenly all tasks will look manageable and time abundant. It won’t be long before your work is properly acknowledged!