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21 Success Habits of Highly Organized People

Highly organized people enjoy something many of us endlessly strive for: success.

How do they do it?

There is one major difference that is apparent. Organized people are extremely attuned to their thoughts. What you do and the habits you have are directly proportionate to whom you believe you are.

Highly organized people have the mental strength to create solid, motivating core beliefs. From that, comes identity-based habits. The major advantage to identity-based habits is that they're based upon who you believe you are.

When you believe you're successful, you make successful decisions.

It's something subtle, yet powerful where organized people can alter the focus of wanting to do something into actually taking steps to do it. It all begins and ends, with inner core beliefs that match their idea of who they are.

Your ‘True Colors’

Identity-based habits are more successful in the long term because unlike goal-based habits, they originate from within. You begin to establish habits from the inside out.

In other words, your core beliefs that play like tapes in your head, are all based upon the person you actually want to be. You then back those affirmations up with small daily actions (habits) that help you to become that person.

Below are 21 organized habits of productive people. It’s not enough to tell yourself you’re an organized person. With each of these habits, form an individual core belief for every single one of them. Examples of a good core belief for each are given.

Start with this: I am an organized person.

Below are the actions that you take in order to back this statement up.

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Habit #1: Write everything down

There really is such a thing as ‘head space.’ When you’re in the middle of something and an article idea, marketing ideas, ‘to do’ tasks, grocery list etc. pops into your head, write it down. This literally clears your mind so that you can remain creative.

This is an extension of just simply maintaining a calendar. This is a ‘catch all’ for all of the light bulbs that come on in a normal workday.

Belief: I write every idea or thought that comes to mind so I can keep my mind clear.

Habit #2: Financial Awareness

Part of remaining organized includes knowing exactly where money is spent. Develop a system for tracking profit and loss and returns on investment. If you don’t know where to start, simply start with a spreadsheet.

You can easily develop this habit simultaneously with #1 because you should be writing everything down anyway. Knowing where all of your money goes not only shows your profit and loss quickly, but it enables you to identify where you can cut back in the case of an emergency or unexpected expense.

Belief: I track where my money goes. I know exactly what I’ve spent and where.

Habit #3: Declutter Your Work & Living Space

The more your work and living space are decluttered, the clearer your mind is. For example, how many times have you been in the middle of writing an article, you see your empty coffee cup and all of a sudden it triggers you that you need to put coffee on the grocery list?

Then you start mentally making that list in your head when you’re supposed to be writing the first draft of that article or that chapter? A decluttered work/living space produces a decluttered mind.

Belief: A decluttered space equals a decluttered mind.

Habit #4: Everything In Its Place

Looking for a misplaced item exudes time, stress and energy. Have a designated place for everything so that when you need it, you know exactly where it is.

Belief: A place for everything and everything in its place.

Habit #5: The 15 Minute Pick-Up

This is the back-up plan for Habit #4. If the day has been chaotic and you didn’t put a few things away, establish a designated time for strictly picking things up and putting them in their designated places. This is an absolute must for children. You can even make it fun by seeing who can pick up and put away the most items in a given amount of time.

Belief: I spend a few minutes picking everything up so I know where to find it when I need it.

Habit #6: Multitask Mind

For times when you have to run errands or even just leave the room for something, double up and do several things in one trip. If you need to go pay a bill, go pay it and stop at the store on the way back to pick up the gallon of milk you need. When you get up to use the restroom, check the room. Is there anything that needs to be put away? Take it with you.

Belief: I always multitask whenever I can.

Habit #7: Pending Place

There are always things that come up but you don’t have the time or ability to deal with on the spot. Designate a specific place for these things. Use a file, a box, a shelf or whatever works but keep it in the same place so it doesn’t distract you from the task at hand or waste time looking for it when you’re ready to deal with it. This is something you need for both work and for home.

Belief: I have a special place to put things I don’t have time to deal with right now.

Habit #8: Two Things

To avoid out of control situations, pick two things every day to get rid of, or eliminate. If you have an empty box sitting in the corner, break it down and throw it in the recyclables. If you’re trying to cut down on soda, have half the amount you usually have. Regardless of what it is, cut out, eliminate, toss…2 things daily.

Belief: I always look for things to get rid of everyday so they don’t pile up.

Habit #9: Plans of Actions

quotes about organizing and planning - For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. - Benjamin Franklin

POAs (plans of action) systems, manuals, step by step directions for as many processes/duties as possible.

You need a plan or a system for everything. It goes back to Habit #1 of writing everything down. By creating systems, manuals, plans of action and step by step processes for as many aspects of your work as possible, it enables you to easily repeat processes. This frees up your brain which in turn deters stress and promotes creativity.

Belief: I have a system for every process I do.

Habit #10: Compartmentalization

Prioritize and box the rest. Know what can wait and what needs to be addressed right now. Take everything but what you’re working on and put it in a little box so your mind remains as focused and productive as possible.

Belief: I block out everything swarming in my head so I can really focus.

Habit #11: The Grass Is NOT Greener

Stick to what works for you, not for everybody else and duplicate those processes.

Belief: If it works for me, I don’t copy what others are doing.

Habit #12: Know When to Call the Cavalry

Pride is never an obstacle for an organized people. They value productivity far more than personal ego and so should you. Know when to ask for, and utilize help.

Belief: I’m never too stubborn to ask for help.

Habit #13: Face Your Goliaths

Don’t ever avoid an issue or a problem. Stay diligent so that you can catch, and face problems early on before they become giants.

Belief: I face my problems head on.

Habit #14: Know Who’s Who & What’s What

Everyone can benefit from sources, but they do absolutely no good if you cannot easily access them when needed. The best remedy for this is a spreadsheet. The ability to access documents from various electronic devices makes this all the more accessible.

Belief: I’m the type of person that keeps my sources handy.

Habit #15: Delegation

quotes about organization and success - A good system shortens the road to the goal. - Orison Swett Marden

Don’t allow stress, or overwhelmed emotions make you believe it’s easier to just do it yourself. Know when to delegate and whom to delegate what to.

Belief: In order to be more productive, I delegate to the ones who can get it done.

Habit #16: Work Hard/Don't Slack

So many accomplishments are abandoned at the cusp of greatness. Never give up and never give in. When you hit an obstacle work harder. Taking breaks to recharge is healthy. Giving up or procrastinating never breeds success.

Belief: When the going gets tough, I work harder.

Habit #17: Incorporate Teams

There can be power in numbers. More brains, creativity, hands etc. Know how to create cohesive teams that catapult you toward success.

Belief: There’s no ‘I’ in team. I can form teams that make me stronger.

Habit #18: Organize Healthy Food Lists

Have a list of foods that are common to the restaurants you frequent so you’re familiar with the nutritional value of them. If you’re a frequent traveler, research the restaurants before visiting, or frequent places that have the nutritional values listed on the menu.

Belief: I’m the type of person who can still eat healthy even when I’m on the go.

famous quotes about organization - Good order is the foundation of all things. - Edmund Burke

Habit #19: Understand Psychological Triggers

Organized people use many types of psychological triggers. While their thoughts are their most powerful, there are also some external triggers that are lifesavers too. Examples include color coding your schedule, listening to music to enhance creativity, setting alarms and timers, small rewards for accomplishments, power words and time chunking.

Belief: I always use triggers that increase my productivity and performance.

Habit #20: Diversify & Multiply

Diverse means “to make diverse, as in form or character.” In this context, the reference pertains to character. Take all of your past regrets and failures and find the lessons you learned from them. Organized, successful people automatically pull from their past experiences and FIND ways to make money and grow. They diversify and multiply.

Belief: So yeah, this happened, now what can I learn from this? How can I improve?

Habit #21: Avoid Negative Thoughts

At the beginning of this article, it was stated that for successful habits of highly organized people, “It all begins and ends, with inner core beliefs that match their idea of who they are.” It doesn’t matter what trials they face, no matter what they BELIEVE they’re successful…organized…can work through any problem. Their internal language is focused on positive and negative thoughts. This is how their habits are born.

Belief: I’m an amazing person. I can do anything I set my mind to.

You wouldn’t be reading this if you did not hold the desire to be organized…to be successful.

You have everything you need to become who you want to be. Say these beliefs in your head every single day. Believe it…and back your belief up with actions that support your belief. You can do it!

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