I’m no gambler, I’d surely put money on myself though!! And I have to. We have to put money on our individual selves. We have to put money on ourselves all of the time. In the most literal and figurative terms of the statement. If we don’t fully believe in ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to? Your belief and confidence in yourself shines through in everything that you do. A boss surely walks in confidence and pours that confidence in everything that they do. The foundation of it all includes planning and organization.
Organize Your Life Around Your Dreams and Watch Them Come True
Visualizing and contextualizing your dreams are usually at the forefront of your thoughts. There are steps and plans that preface how you move towards making your dreams actually come true and organizing your life around your dreams are one of these footprints towards your dreams unfolding right before you.
The successors that have come before me and shared their knowledge have contributed their success to being organized “to the nine”. It is often believed that an individual is naturally organized. And as this may be the case, as with my OCD self, most people do not naturally possess this skill. One must cultivate healthy habits and organization skills which assist in them moving towards living an organized lifestyle. Therefore, even if you feel slightly disorganized or feel that you are a totally disorganized person, you can learn to be organized. From planning things, to jotting things down, you can become an organized person as long as you are willing to learn, begin new practices, actually practice and develop habits.
Remember, it takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days to build a lifestyle. Give yourself time and be patient. Here are few tips to begin planning and moving towards a more organized life.
Ways in Which to Begin to Organize Your Life:
Build a Ritual to Begin Your Day
Incorporating a beginning of the day ritual provides a way in which to give you a routine to begin everyday with success. Find a ritual that works well for you. Allow yourself to ease into your day and warm-up!
Stay Unplugged from Tech
If the first thing you do when you wake up is look at your phone, you are doing yourself a disservice. You are immediately cultivating a reactive mindset, instead of a proactive one, which will cause you to start your day in a defensive state, rather than a place of inner peace and control.
Instead, try remaining detached from technology for the first hour of your day so you can begin your day with present-moment awareness and a positive focus.
Drinking a glass of water in the morning after going hours without a sip is a good way to hydrate your body. The Ayurvedic technique of adding lemon to a warm glass of water helps to remove toxins from your digestive tract that may have built up overnight, provides a good source of vitamin C, freshens your breath, supports weight loss and stimulates metabolism and digestion. Bottoms up first thing in the a.m. for a healthy and refreshing start to your day.
3. Practice Gratitude
Engaging in reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne has allowed me to increase my practice of gratitude.
Before you even get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude. When you smile, it signals your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin), which lift your mood, relax your body and lower your heart rate. Who wouldn’t want to start their day on this positive note?
As you smile, start to reflect upon what you’re grateful for. Studies have shown practicing gratitude reduces stress hormones and improves mood, among other benefits. Therefore, adding a simple daily gratitude practice is a great way to kick-start your morning.
Begin by taking one minute in bed before you rise to reflect on one person and one opportunity you are grateful for in your life.
4. Make Your Bed
Tim Ferriss, author and podcast host, has interviewed more than a hundred highly successful people with diverse backgrounds and skillsets, and in a variety of industries. He always asks, “What’s your morning routine?” Along the way, he has collected five habits that he has incorporated into his morning routine, and one of them is making his bed.
It may seem like a waste of time, unimportant, or unnecessary (you’re just going to use it again at night), but making your bed is a simple action you can take in the morning that makes you start your day feeling accomplished. What better tone to set than a sense of pride and accomplishment? Taking charge and completing simple tasks will give you the foundation to take on more and more throughout the day.
Incorporating some type of mindfulness practice like meditation into your daily morning routine can help ground you and train your mind and emotions, which then influences how you react to challenges throughout your day.
During your meditation is also a great time to set your intentions for the day. When you get clear on how you want your day to go or what you want to feel or accomplish, you can make clear decisions that create the life you truly want to live.
Note sure where to get started? Here is a simple meditation you can do in the morning:
Get into a comfortable seated position and set a timer for five minutes.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
Inhale through your nose for four counts, retain for four counts, and exhale through your nose for eight counts.
Every time you notice your mind wandering, gently guide it back to focus on your breath.
When the timer goes off, release your counting, but stay seated with your eyes closed for a moment.
Set an intention for your day and visualize yourself meeting this intention.
Open your eyes, draw your arms up to the sky for a stretch, and then move on with your day, carrying the calm energy and intention with you.
Whether it’s a simple yoga routine, a brisk walk with your pet, a quick set of sit-ups and push-ups, or hitting the gym to work off last night’s meal, starting off your day with movement energizes the body and the mind. Determine what kind of exercise is right for you and schedule it. It doesn’t have to be complicated, long, or intense, but having some sort of physical activity in the morning will get your blood flowing and help quiet any mental chatter. You can even switch up what kind of exercise you do every day to keep your routine interesting.
7. Put Yourself Together
Putting time and effort into your appearance helps build self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” it is one less thing to worry about throughout your day.
So, shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, comb your hair, apply lotion/oil, dress to impress, and apply any other hygiene/grooming habits that make you feel good about yourself. This may involve picking out your clothes the night before (especially if you are short on time in the morning) or ironing your clothes, whatever makes you feel like you are taking care of your health, looking presentable, and feeling confident.
8. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
You’ve most likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you make time to eat a healthy breakfast (proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains), you’ll have more energy throughout the day and a stronger ability to focus and concentrate.
9. Get Enough Restful Sleep
This last one isn’t a habit for your morning exactly, however, before you can hope to implement new, healthy morning habits, you should have the foundation of a well-rested body and mind. The way you feel while you're awake is dependent in part on your sleep habits. If you’ve been feeling groggy, irritable, or exhausted, you may not be getting enough quality sleep.
During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In fact, sleep plays such a vital role in your physical well-being, mental clarity, and quality of life that ongoing sleep deficiency (the amount varies by individual, but typically this means less than 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night) can have adverse effects on your health—and how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
When you start your day after a night of restful sleep, you will wake feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day, starting with your new morning habits.
Adapted and as suggested by chopra.com.
Buy a Planner
A planner is an essential way in which to look at your time over the course of a long period of time. From day-to-day, week-to-week and/or month-to-mont. Purchase a paper planner or utilize a digital one. Please find a link for google calendar here. Whichever your lifestyle or heart desires. Pick an attractive planner, so that looking at your schedule is a pleasure. Pick a small or flat planner that will fit in your bag, so you can carry it with you.
If you would rather not carry a planner with you, consider a desk planner that will sit comfortably on a table.
Make sure your planner has enough space in it for you to write down your daily activities.
If you have a variable schedule with lots of small parts, get a planner with large spaces per day.
If you have many ongoing projects with flexible deadlines, pick a planner with small spaces per day but plenty of extra blank page space per week, so you can keep a to-do list.
A to-do list that is part of your planner is useful to most people, so consider a planner with facing blank pages for every week.
Keep a Prioritized Schedule
Integrate your to-do list into your daily schedule. When you learn of a new task, break it into parts and write each part down under the date that you will do it. This can be done in opposition to keeping a long list of tasks that keeps getting longer. Make sure you note its deadline, in case you don't get to it on time.
Keep a schedule of daily tasks. Consider keeping a weekly to-do and a monthly to-do instead of one long list.
Keeping a list of unscheduled tasks leads will cause you to burn out on your projects before you even do them.
Unpack Your Tasks
Start with the biggest tasks. Schedule the first order of business to be the one thing you absolutely must accomplish that day. That way, if you are interrupted later, you will have at least done the most important thing. Anything that is due or is especially important is a good candidate for a first task.
Break every task down. Schedule every part of each task, including emails you have to send, planning you have to do, and items you need to get. Otherwise you might waste time sitting down to accomplish something only to realize you are missing essential ingredients.
Break Your Day into Blocks
Utilizing a block schedule, you can easily increase your productivity, retake control of your time, and give yourself the work/life balance that you desire. A block schedule allows you to carve out time for each aspect of your day. I color-code my block schedule to allow me to see where ai am putting in the most and least amount of time.
Below, please find a link to a block schedule template that I have created:
Here is an image of an example of a block schedule:
Carry a Notebook/Notepad
A notebook, whether an average-sized or small one, is essential to an organized life. I personally prefer an average-sized notebook that I have broken into specific sections that I can quickly refer to.
Use a notebook write down items for your shopping list, errands, to-dos, and random thoughts, and carry it with you everywhere you go. I carry mine literally everywhere I go! It's endlessly portable, user-friendly, and never needs re-charging.
You never know when you'll need to quickly jot something down:
Notes about something fascinating you've heard or read
Money you've spent
Things to buy for an upcoming trip or project
Give Yourself Time Off
Self care is essential for a productive and organized life. Although it may seem as if relaxing and giving yourself time to do nothing may be easy, this is usually the most difficult thing to do. Most often times, you may need to schedule this time for yourself in. Especially if you are a hectic busy person or even a wife and mom. Scheduling time off sounds counterintuitive, yet it will help.
Schedule short breaks every 45 minutes to an hour, as this is as long as most people can focus. Do even schedule times where you do something for yourself and time for self-care. This can be simply as time to read a book, watch a movie, take a bath, head to the gym or get a short foot massage.
Take time away from your desk or computer.
Schedule time with loved ones, time to prepare meals, and time to be alone.
If you are prone to anxiety, try scheduling "worry time." That way, if you find yourself spinning into worry while you are trying to work, you can put it aside for later.
Schedule downtime and leave your distractions to that time. Instead of constantly checking your phone, your email, and social media, do it during scheduled blocks.
It is always great to make our things pretty and fun! Here are some brightening writing tools and accessories that can help you add to beautifying your planners, notebooks and schedules!!
An essential way to assist and support in your growth is to have a dope team beside and behind you.
People who you can laugh and joke with…..
And….never give up!
There are plenty of different ways to set yourself up for success each day. Whether you’re a pen and paper to-do list type or a block-by-block scheduling kind of person, you have lots of options to switch it up and see what else works for you,
all of course while being,
Unapologetically Me. Unapologetically You. Unapologetically Us.
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