Habits of Highly Organised People


Being organised is one of the keys to a successful career. Read on for lessons from people who have mastered the art

Being productive in today’s world is a true challenge. Distractions from technology – emails, instant messaging, social media – and change is happening at a rapid pace. On top of all that you need to take care of your health and have a social life. Sounds overwhelming? There’s hope. Like David Allen wrote in Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, “It’s possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control.” Here’s what to learn from organised people.

They Focus On the Big Picture

Focusing on the big picture will spur you on when the going gets tough and things are threatening to get out of control. “No matter how hectic life gets, the most successful people in life have a big-picture view that helps them rise above the chaos and maintain their perspective. A big-picture view is your overriding vision, your belief, simply put, of the meaning of what your life is all about, of what you want it to be. Your big-picture view keeps you on track, providing the context and motivation for all your decisions about how you spend your time,” wrote Julie Morgenstern in Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule — and Your Life.

They Are Passionate

The road to success is paved with passion. According to research from Duke University, interest is important in the process of pursuing goals. “It allows us to perform at high levels without wearing out,” explained one of the study authors Paul O’Keefe. “Engaging in personally interesting activities not only improves performance, but also creates an energized experience that allows people to persist when persisting would otherwise cause them to burn out.”

They Finish Tasks

This is especially true to matters regarding organizing your home. Starting something and not finishing it? That is a recipe for clutter. Marie Kondō wrote in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, “Start by discarding. Then organise your space, thoroughly, completely, and in one go. If you adopt this approach…you will never revert to clutter again.” She goes on to explain that when your house is not in order, the other areas of your life follow suit. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should do and shouldn’t do.”

They Make Lists

List making may seem boring,  but they help a lot with regards to time management. Paula Rizzo explained the advantages of making lists in her book Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed: “Lists will help you not only achieve your goals but also make you less stressed, more balanced, and less rushed.” For your list to be effective, make it as specific and realistic as possible. Remember, priorities get to the top , and reward yourself for every item you check off.

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