If you have followed my blog for any length of time you will know that it wasn’t too long ago that I didn’t have much focus. I was floundering, lost, disorganized. I longed to tap into my greater potential, but couldn’t escape the feeling of being an underachiever.
Then in 2014 something clicked and there were two things that made me a better person: paying attention to details and becoming more organized. The simple fact was that of all the successful people I knew, not one of them was disorganized. And every single one of them paid attention to small details.
Till this day I pay attention to small details like doing exactly what I say I’m going to do. Returning phone calls in a timely manner (within 1 hour), answering emails immediately upon receipt, showing up to appointments 10 minutes early and taking detailed notes are a few of my “best practices” that have allowed me more success.
I truly believe that success in anything is found in paying attention to the small details.
One of the most frequent questions we get from clients is “So, is YOUR home super organized”?
We know in their mind they are picturing the glossy spreads in Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Oprah, or Metropolitan Home magazines…the pristine surfaces with one or two carefully selected decorative items…the practically empty closets…modern lines…the office with no filing storage…and pretty much un-lived-in houses.
Many people equate organization with neatness but “neat” and “messy” speak to how you choose to live in your house – how much you pick up and put things away. “Organized” speaks to whether you have systems or logical homes for managing your things to make them easy to find and to use.
A person can be neat by picking up everything and stuffing it out of sight into a drawer, cabinet, or closet without any thought or order…
I am not a journal guy, but I have received numerous messages and emails regarding their usefulness. Therefore, I have found a post about a Life Handbook that I thought might help so of us get more organized and goal oriented.
I’ve been inspired to create a Life Handbook. A life handbook is a personal manual that encompasses your goals and dreams, personal mission, and ideas that you have on your journey of becoming. Often, we get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of the practical means necessary to realize our dreams. By working on a physical expression of my life purpose, I want to increase my ability to accomplish my own potential.
Life is always harder than we envision. As a youth, I thought my life would be a straightforward execution of my goals, with occasional episodes planned by God. That was naive. In reality, I have discarded some of my lesser goals in pursuit of the ones that I found more worthy. Even some of the skills I spent years acquiring have been simply nice nick-knacks on my accomplishment shelf. My life has been a…
When we are stressed or anxious having a calm environment can go a long way in helping us feel better. It might seem trivial, but think about it for a minute: if we have a home that is tidy and somewhat organized, we are going to be more likely to relax because we won’t be focused on the things that need to get done around the house. Tidy and organized does not by any stretch of the imagination mean spotless. It’s about not being overwhelmed when you look at your surroundings. Similar to how things in our house have a ‘place,’ our mind can also compartmentalize things. While we do want to be careful we aren’t avoiding, dividing our worries and working through them one at a time can be a helpful and efficient coping strategy. I would invite anyone to step back and take a look at your living…
“To Do” lists are simply documented outlines on all tasks that you want to perform at a specified time. It could be housework, office work or any task calling for its fulfillment. It is important that you make a “To Do” list a night before the following day so that you can know what you are actually up to when you wake up from bed. To do lists prevent you from forgetting tasks you should carry and guides you to manage yourself by prioritizing your daily schedules. How then do you make and become skillful at making good “To Do” lists? Follow these steps.
Simply write down all your tasks: Write down every task. Making “To Do” lists is a very simple thing to do once you can write, but being skillful at it is the reason why it must be learnt. Just write all the tasks that face you…
Hi and welcome back! I have been thinking a lot about To-Do lists lately for various reasons, but my mind often wanders back to my writing practice. So I gave it bit more thought and I’d like to share that with you today.
I have struggled a lot with finding the time, space and energy to write. This is a huge challenge for me and so much of my journey to finding a writing life or finding myself in writing seems to be about creating this slippery “writing space” to sit down and just do it. It is the simplest of things and the largest of problems. I have tried waking up early, scheduling writing sessions, just going with the flow, etc, etc, etc, but always things come up, always life weasels its way into my writing space. Part of the challenge for me is making writing a priority but also…
I am very glad the Meet n Greet was such a success once again! I ended up with over 400 comments expressing gratitude for the reblogging and MnG and I want to say “thank you” to all of you for reblogging the link and sharing! There will be another MnG in 2 weeks and will continue the practice until it loses effectiveness. Always remember that blogging is about community so be quick to think of others while also getting your message expressed.
I have added a couple pages to my header: a copyright statement and the 4 Pillars of Successful Living. Check them out if you get a second. Unfortunately I recently found a page using some of my material without my permission so I added the copyright page. This guy had literally copied and pasted a few of my posts onto his page and not given any credit. WHO DOES THIS? And it doesn’t appear to be uncommon as I read the same thing happened to Jason over at Harsh Reality.
Anyway, if you use other people’s content simply give that person the appropriate credit. Thanks.
Later today I will be posting my latest installment of Habits of Successful People and I am excited about continuing this series.
I do have a little something that has been on my mind. I posted this to my personal FB page this past weekend and wanted to share my thoughts…
Some of you may know I started writing back in November. I started a blog called Dream Big, Dream Often which encourages folk to be a better form of themselves. The popularity of my blog has opened the door to me writing my first book, which is scheduled to go to editing in January 2016, and to a relationship with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where I am scheduled to speak to many groups through the end of this year. Talk about life-changing!
I cannot encourage you more to follow your dream; whatever that dream entails. I often joke that man was not meant to work in a cubicle, unless working in a cubicle is your dream! People, life is short and there is no time to waste. Take inventory of your life and then make decisions accordingly. I know that few will hear my words, but I will say them nonetheless.
Do not waste time in a job you hate, living in a town you loathe, hanging around people that are holding you back. Start treating your body with respect, pay down your debt, get organized and start volunteering your time somewhere; these are the principles I espouse.
Another great list! The one item that drew my attention was the point about reticular activation. If you have never read about this system in the brain, then do so today. It is a part of your brain that brings your imaginations and thoughts to existence. Amazing stuff!