As it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. (last part) Romans 1:17
Although we possess unique talents, personalities, physical features, and life experiences, we share a common factor, which is the ability to learn.
We can change our method of thinking and doing by learning organizational skills. Time management, planning, structure, and discipline are essential components of a productive lifestyle aka having great organizational skills.
1. Purchase a journal…yes we live in the world of digital and electronic communications; however, there is a benefit to using a writing instrument to document on (hard copy) paper, your task becomes a concerted effort as opposed to the mindless repetition of using keystrokes.
2. Plan for tomorrow…planning is very different than worrying about tomorrow. Do a walk through in your home to identify cleaning tasks, look in your closet to declutter the excess, review your bank account, these are areas that are often neglected in our busy lives.
3. Identify areas for improvement! This is one of the most overwhelming phases of organizing your life. Where is the journal? Divide your lists into Mini-tasks that can be completed in 20 minutes or less.
4. Label all of your tasks as Short-term goals: For example, cleaning your refrigerator does not have to be an all-day task that you have relentlessly avoided for a very long time; divide it up into three or four mini sessions, over a period of 1-2 weeks and remember to progress from the easiest task to the hardest task.
5. Grab a Calendar: Place yourself on a schedule by identifying the day and time slots for performing the tasks. This is the onset of Discipline and Structure becoming actions; in fact, this is the beginning of Change in your habits–you are on a learning curve– embrace the remolding of your mind!
6. Implement your plan! Check your journal and begin cleaning, decluttering, and reorganizing.
7. Evaluate your plan. There are times when we have misjudged the magnitude of the task; set your timer to 20 minutes and begin anyway.
8. Modify your original plan: If you require hangers or storage totes then work around that aspect of closet reorganization. Grab some bags, identify give-away clothing and declutter instead of hanging up the clothing that is laying on your chair.
I just completed a couple of tasks which I have avoided for quite some time. I am feeling on top of the world as if I had received a free gift.
Organization has a soothing effect on our minds: Structure and Discipline removes the chaos of clutter and empowers us to function at a deeper level; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Challenge for today: Make it happen today–take 20 minutes to identify the areas which need organization.
Verse for today: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV
Prayer for today: Dear God, My life is full of chaos and clutter. I need your strength to embrace and implement an action plan to eliminate the things which prevent me from living a disciplined life. Please show me how to begin. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz