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How To Get Organized & Stay Organized

"Being organized isn't about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it's about living the way you want to live, but better." - Andrew Mellen

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A Man Organized understand that life is a balance of holding on and letting go. If you improvise as you go, you may accomplish a lot but you might be surprised to see at the end of the week or the month how little of the significant priorities were dealt with over insignificant errands. We would suggest the following strategy to ease your way into a more sustainable way of getting organized both at work and in your personal life as both are intricately entwined.

1. Eliminate the Unnecessary - Get Rid of Clutter

"It's always messy before it's organized" - Alejandra The clutter in your life is so distracting, it's hard to get anything done. It is far too easy to get distracted by all the apps running on our mobiles, the news updates, the mess around you, the pets, the colleagues in the workplace, etc. Get organized!

2. Create a Plan, A To-Do List and Stick to It

Once your mind is at ease and uncluttered with errands, meetings, readings, phone calls, etc. you should make a plan for the Day, for Tomorrow, the Rest of the Week and for Someday. One of the best tool out there available for this is Evernote. But you can find several others in Google Play. You can scribble notes, create a To-Do list, take longer notes, screenshot an article you want to save, create tags to search all of your notes, etc. Check it out. The idea here is to clear your mind of anything you have to do during the day so you can get to your priorities and deal with them immediately as per the deadlines you've created. Remember the old adage: "Words fly away, written remains". So here is your opportunity to shine by setting your own agenda of the real things in your life that you want to get done.

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4. Choose Simple Solutions Or Nothing Will Get Done

It's really easy to get overwhelmed and feel like nothing will ever go right, but the truth is that there are ways to make it easier. Start by taking care of what you can do in five minutes or less then take on one more thing each day until your list is done. When trying to get organized, always start with the simplest solutions. For example, use sticky notes for reminders - they are uncomplicated and do not take up a lot of space.

5. Focus on What you are Good at and Delegate the Rest - Simply Said, Be Productive.

You can only do so much. Focus on what you are good at and delegate the rest to someone who is better than you. You will be more productive if you focus your time and energy into one or two things instead of trying to do everything yourself. You may think you are saving but you are not. You are micro-managing while the competition is leaving you in the dust.

6. When Stuck, Seek Out Help Instead of Treading Water

You're struggling to progress on a project and it's exhausting. It feels like you're treading water without any hope of getting anywhere. This is the perfect time for a break or even just thinking about how to move forward, but instead, your body may be telling you that if you don't keep pushing through then there will be no chance at success. I know this thought pattern well because I'm a recovering perfectionist who has been working hard to overcome it for years now. The key is knowing when you need help and not letting fear stop you from asking others for assistance in overcoming obstacles so that we can get back on track and reach our goals!

7. Make Time for Yourself Every Day and Find Ways to Relax

Take a break from whatever it is you are doing and change the scene for a few hours. Go outside of your working environment by doing things that are good for you, whether that means taking walks in nature or reading a book in an area with no distractions (like coffee shops) - this includes taking time out from social media if you find it's too much pressure on top of other responsibilities

8) Take Care of Your Physical Health

You can feel sleepy and sluggish when you don't eat right and exercise. You need to make sure that your body is functioning at its best so that you are able to stay fresh, alert, and motivated all the time.

You have a choice of being in a good mood or feeling sad all day long. What type of person do you want to be? A lazy one who stays in bed until noon every day, or someone who wakes up early each day with purposeful energy? Ditch the junk food and get some fresh air. You'll feel better for it!

Eat healthy, drink tons of water, and get your move on to clear that mind.

9) Do Not Procrastinate

Procrastinating is for losers. Do not waste your time on this. You're better than that.

10) Seek Knowledge

Seek out knowledge and always strive to learn more by another educated guru who has been there before you and who has achieved a great deal of success. This will excite you and teach you. The wealth of free information at our disposal from multiple sources makes it almost impossible not to better ourselves on a weekly basis if we mean well and make an effort to plan a few hours per week or per month to learn more about any topic of interest.

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