Some people use to-do lists.
Some use planners.
Some wing it, while others perfect it.
We’ve all got plans, goals, ambitions and the like and that won’t be changing.
But in order for us to fulfil our goals and our life, we need to learn to organize ourselves. It’s through this particular process where we can learn more about ourselves and what to do.
There is no master plan or ultimate guide to organizing your life. Some claim that to-do lists are nothing but shams and don’t help at all. I on the other hand think they are amazing under the right circumstances.
In the end, when it comes to organizing your goals and life, it’s honestly up to you. You need to find what works for you.
That being said, I’d still like to share my own method for organizing my life and my goals. It’s through sharing our own methods where others can spark ideas on how to do theirs.
In the end, our end goal with this is to find our work flow. And as I said before, how we hustle can teach us a thing or two.
Start The Day With Tasks (And The Week With Goals)
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. — Albert Einstein
Begin every day with a level of expectations from yourself.
These expectations can be in the form of tasks that are most pressing or what you want to fulfil for the day.
The idea is that you can use the day as a means of creating themes for the day.
For me this works as I can stay on task for what I need to do. I still develop habits along the way as I have some tasks that I absolutely must do (client work, walking, exercising, etc.), but most of my day is devoted to one thing or something else.
It’s following the concept of Elon Musk’s daily life. Over the course of the week he splits his attention between Tesla and SpaceX, depending on the day.
I’m copying the same principal but tacking on things here and there.
At the end of the day you want to find a method that works best for you that’ll give you tasks to do, but also keep them in an organized place.
Have Someone Or Something To Keep You On Point
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. — Benjamin Franklin
There are times that we slip up, especially early on.
There are days where I should be working more and I spend the day not doing much work.
In those cases I pump myself up to finish certain tasks and finish the day off satisfied with myself.
Either way, you want someone or something to keep you on point. Someone who gives a shit about whatever it is that you do. Going down this route you have two options:
- You either are incredibly self-reliant that you trust yourself to keep yourself focused; or
- You get someone you trust and make them your accountability partner.
The first one is tough to do as even the most self motivated individuals can have slump days. They’re even more prominent early on.
But an accountability partner is a solid one to start with. Ideally you are looking for someone who is familiar with your work. What I mean by that is someone who knows what’s going on behind the scenes that not everyone else knows.
If such a person doesn’t exist in your life, I would suggest branching out and being social. However, there is another method and that is through the use of apps.
There’s a multitude of helpful ones, but one that I like is IFTTT. It’s a cause and effect app and has a lot of helpful tools. From posting on multiple platforms to sending you reminders, you could use the alerts for a variety of things.
Use To-Do Lists And Write Things Out
Good order is the foundation of all things. — Edmund Burke
The last tip I want to give you all for organizing is have a to-do list. I know there plenty of articles talking about their ineffectiveness (I just linked to one above), however they do work when you learn the secret behind them.
The idea is to not pile on the tasks on these lists.
Instead focus on putting what is necessary on these lists.
For me this is daily tasks that must be done as well as my goals for the week.
Even if you have apps and other reminders, write down your goals, daily tasks, and priorities. Furthermore, keep what you wrote nearby and in sight.
It’s simple, but it’s different since we rely so much on technology to give us reminders. Writing adds a more personal and permanent touch to it.
My strategy for keeping my life in check is a simplistic plan. It doesn’t need to be elaborate and it works wonders for me.
It’s this particular strategy that has helped me in getting on my own two feet and accomplishing things too.
I encourage you all to give it a try.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 43 of 91 of this series.
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