I married the world’s worst procrastinator. I have learned NEVER to ask him if he wants to do something now or later. He will always choose “later” – it does not matter what it is. Even after all the years we have been together, he will choose to put things off. It certainly has been a problem for him, especially when he misses something important because he is too late. I have made it a mission in life to raise my children to be organized and not put things off until later. Even though it has been difficult for them at times, in the end they are so glad they did not put off the inevitable until another time.
Have you ever spent countless minutes, hours and even days searching for something you misplaced?
Have you even had an argument with someone you live with for misplacing something of his or hers?
Have you ever missed an appointment because you forgot?
Have you ever been halfway to your destination and remembered you didn’t bring what you needed?
Do you have piles of papers, or unopened mail that you will get to someday?
Do you have that nagging notion constantly telling you to get organized?
Have you read books and/or articles on how to get organized?
Have you purchased organizational aids to help you and then never used them?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, obviously you are not organized to the point you want to be. There is a very simple solution to this problem. I am quite sure you are thinking, “Yeah, right.” You have tried everything and nothing has worked so far.
I have a tried and proven method to get you organized and eliminate all that wasted time spent trying to get organized. I know there are countless books on the subject. I know you can spend money on books, CD’s, videos and even go to courses to get the desired results but I am going to give you a secret.
If you are serious about getting organized, you will get the results, using ONE little secret. It is a secret my father taught me when I was a little girl and it still works today – every time!
REMEMBER — It takes thirty days to break a habit and form a new one. But, the exciting part is that you can get results immediately. Each time you take a baby step in the right direction, it will pay off big time in the end. The more progress you make, the closer you are to becoming ORGANIZED. To some that is a dirty word – because it seems so impossible.
Do you have any idea how much time you will have to do the things you want to do when you are not wasting your time trying to find something? Once you get into the habit, it comes easy.
My father drilled this into my psyche and it is still there and has helped me to be organized, on time, and a lot less frustrated.
It is six little words. Before I tell you the words, be prepared to say them a hundred times a day, if you need to. Make up some post-it notes and put them all over the house, your office, and your car.
Those six little words are – DO IT RIGHT – DO IT NOW! Just that simple. Saying them out loud requires commitment.
Even after all these years, sometimes I want to choose to put something off until later or not do it properly. But I say DO IT RIGHT – DO IT NOW! As soon as I make the effort, I reap the benefits.
I rarely, if ever, lose or misplace something because it was not put back where it belonged. It is easy to put off doing something now by making the excuse that you don’t have time. Take the time. You will learn to make the time to do it now and properly.
If it is a big job that needs doing, make a point of putting it at the top of your priority list to do before you take on any other task, which may be more pleasant.
If I have several tasks to do that I don’t want to do, I will do something I enjoy doing first, then do the unpleasant one. It feels incredibly great to get that task done and I reward myself with doing something I enjoy before taking on the next big task.
It may sound too simple to work but it does! I challenge you to be diligent for 30 days and the benefits and rewards will be incredible.
You can thank me now (or later) but please send me your thoughts, ask me questions or tell me about your victories!
And with the extra time you have, I would sincerely appreciate if you would take a minute to read my other posts. I just launched my memoir, Battered Hope. If you need encouragement or feel like you have an insurmountable amount of troubles, this book will definitely give you hope. I survived cancer, rape, marital abuse, huge financial losses as a victim of being robbed and battered, jail, loss of a child and many other traumas. I refused to let these circumstances steal my joy or my hope for a better tomorrow. Cry with me and rejoice with me – Battered Hope by Carol Graham.