Organizing Your Way to Success
Let’s face it. You’re not getting things done, and you’re not seeing the success that you desire. You are frustrated and want to give up. So what’s the issue? Is it just not met for you? What are you doing wrong? My friends often ask me: “How do you do it?” The wonder how I have a blog, create these cool videos, work on all these side hustles, and work a demanding 9-5 in the entertainment industry….all while still keeping up with my personal life and having fun??
First things first: don’t give up. If you’re not seeing progress in your life, chances are that you are not planning for it. The best way to prepare for your success is to get organized! In this post, I’ll talk about practical ways to be intentional about your success. We know that success does not happen overnight, so organization allows you to plan out the necessary steps to get there.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin
It’s simple. If you want to be successful, you need to plan for it. Here’s a good start: GOALS. Do you have them? Are they in your brain, or have you written them down somewhere? Studies show that when you write things down, you actually do them. You can start with annual goals, like everyone else does when the new year rolls around; but how many people you know set resolutions on New Years and never get to them? That’s because annual goals make you think you have all the time in the world. Months and months pass, and you never get to them. This is why I like the idea of quarterly, monthly, weekly, and even daily goals.
You can set goals for success every single day. For me, I plan out where I want to be with my business 5 years from now and 1 year from now; but I also focus on where it can be even 1 week from now. You can do the same. What can you do today for your business? If you want to have 3,000 followers on social media, how can you achieve even half of that goal in the next 2 months? Baby steps. At the end of each week, month, or quarter, go to a cafe and assess how well you did in meeting your goals. Be honest about which goals you didn’t get to, and make them a priority for next time.
Writing things down is a great to organize yourself. You can also use different tools to make the process easier. For me, in order to be an exceptional assistant, I needed to be extremely organized. In my profession, I had to be organized, but also make sure my boss’s life was organized. Order ensures that you are on time, accurate, and efficient. I use planners, calendar invites, my iphone, or even post-it notes as reminders. Any missed appointment or meeting can cost you big time!
My favorite organization tools:
- Outlook calendar for work
- Alarm clocks so I don't miss my calls or meetings
- Wanderlust apps so I can manage multiple to-do lists (I use multiple apps to stay organized)
- Google drive to save documents and have everything is in one place
Part of being organized is having good time management. Social media can be a great tool for business, or it can be a major distraction. It is one of the leading factors of why we don’t reach our goals. To deal with this issue, you can use an alarm to limit the amount of time you spend. Did you know that you can also schedule posts directly on Facebook?
Managing your time also means that you have to say no to certain events, ignore a few calls, or not work in certain places. You know yourself best, so put yourself in situations where you are set up to succeed.
One thing that I learned is that if you want something, you have to work hard for it. No more procrastinating, just get it done. Plan it out. Organize your life. You’ll thank yourself later.