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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.
(Side note: If you don’t know how to build a habit, then check out this nine-step blueprint that walks you through the entire process of creating lifelong habits.)
What You Will Learn
- Stay Organized With These 21 Organizational Habits
- 1. Your ‘True Colors’
- 2. Write everything down
- 3. Financial Awareness
- 4. De-clutter Your Work & Living Space
- 5. Everything Has Its Place
- 6. The 15 Minute Pick-Up
- 7. Multitask Mind
- 8. Pending Place
- 9. Two Things
- 10. Plans of Actions
- 11. Compartmentalization
- 12. The Grass Is NOT Greener
- 13. Know When to Call the Cavalry
- 14. Face Your Goliaths
- 15. Know Who’s Who & What’s What
- 16. Work Hard/Don’t Slack
- 17. Incorporate Teams
- 18. Organize Healthy Food Lists
- 19. Understand Psychological Triggers
- 20. Diversify & Multiply
- 21. Avoid Negative Thoughts
Stay Organized With These 21 Organizational Habits
1. 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 success 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 success habits of organized 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.
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2. Write everything down
There really is such a thing as ‘headspace.’
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.
The act of writing down tasks 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.
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3. Financial Awareness
A key way to stay 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 success 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.
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4. De-clutter Your Work & Living Space
The more your work and living space is de-cluttered, 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 the 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 de-cluttered work/living space produces a de-cluttered mind.
Belief: A de-cluttered space equals a de-cluttered mind.
5. Everything Has 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Multitasking is not generally efficient technique for time management. But when it comes to organizing tasks to accomplished sequentially in an efficient manner it can be a key to getting more done with less effort.
8. 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. This is a key to effective time management.
9. 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.
10. Plans of Actions
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 for staying organized. It goes back to success habit #1 (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.
Success is about doing things at the right time. Not dealing with things . as they come.
Prioritize tasks 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.
12. The Grass Is NOT Greener
Success is not about jumping on every fad and trend.
Stick to what works for you, not for everybody else and duplicate those processes.
13. Know When to Call the Cavalry
Pride is never an obstacle for organized people. They value productivity far more than personal ego and so should you. Know when to ask for, and utilize help.
14. Face Your Goliaths
If you want to succeed, you need to first acknowledge and then face your fears.
Don’t ever avoid an issue or a problem. Stay diligent so that you can catch, and face problems early on before they become out of control giants. Attacking your toughest tasks first is a habit of organized people that is quite effective for time management.
15. 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.
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.
Successful people know when they need to do something themselves, but they also understand that success is not about doing everything on your own, but about empowering those who work for you to do more.
Belief: In order to be more productive, I delegate to the ones who can get it done.
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.
17. Incorporate Teams
Teams are one of the essential success habits. It is nearly impossible to achieve any great success all alone.
There is 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.
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.
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.
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. (Learn about the Regret Minimization Framework here.) 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?
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!
What do you think of these success habits?
It takes a lot of organization to achieve success. Hopefully, these success habits give you some great ideas on how to become a bit more organized and find ways to achieve greater success.
Finally, if you need help with building habits, then check out this nine-step blueprint that walks you through the entire process of creating lifelong habits.)