Being organized and on time can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. Think back to some of the most successful people you’ve met in your own life. Chances are, they were good at being both organized and on time.
There are a lot of different factors that come into play when it comes to being successful. Today, we’ll focus on two of them:
- Being organized
- Being on time
Being organized and on time can help you make the best possible use of your time and energy. Energy includes both mental and physical energy. We have a limited supply of both along with being restricted to 24 hours on a given day. In other words, both time and energy are limited resources. What being on time and staying organized helps us with is making the most of those resources and focusing them on tasks and activities that help us reach the goals that define success.
There are two different ways in which being both on time and organized will help you succeed. Let’s have a look at them and then discuss how to get better at them. I don’t know about you, but my mental and physical energy works best when I’m not taxing them.
Being On Time And Being Organized Saves You Time
#BizyGalTip: Work will always take however much time you give it.
Making an effort to be on time and staying organized helps you save precious time and energy.
- How much time have you wasted this week looking for a misplaced item or file?
- How about your car keys? (I keep my keys in at the door so I don’t lose track of them!)
- How much time have you wasted because you didn’t show up on time for an appointment and ended up having to wait?
I was reminded of this today while attending a coaching call with my business coach. She reminded us that if you write “office hours” on your calendar with no parameters, you’re not going to accomplish what you need to. BUT, if you block specific time for specific tasks and then stick to it, you’ll get sh*t done. How simple is that? Ya, she’s right. She always is.
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When we become more aware and better at time management, we will work more efficiently. The same is true for being well organized. And, when ya get good at being organized, the whole being on time thing naturally follows.
Being Organized and On Time Helps You Look Good and Professional
Not being prepared or having to dig around for a few minutes to find something takes time and usually knocks us a little off our game. When I don’t take a few minutes each evening to review my calendar for the next day, I’m a mess the next day. My reality is that I will waste more time trying to get my act together and get sh*t done than I do taking the time to prepare the night before. That’s huge. Am I alone? Somehow, I doubt it. Preparing the night before or first thing in the morning and having a plan of action for your day will save you a ton of time and energy.
That is particularly true when it comes to first impressions. How often do you meet someone and you think, “Wow, nice gal but she’s kind of a trainwreck?” We’ve all been there…and we’ve probably been on the receiving end of that thought once or twice (I’m raising my hand!)
We need to work on getting better at both being organized and being on time so we are able to get the chances we deserve. We want people to see and respect us for who we are: the expert in our field, the badass business gal, and the amazing human being that others look up to.
How To Get Better At Both
Now we know why it’s important to work on getting organized and being on time. Next, let’s have a look at how we can improve both of those skills.
What it comes down to is getting into the habit of being conscious of time and staying on top of organizational tasks. Now, if you’re exceptionally disorganized, it will take some up-front work to clear things up and get into a routine. Once you master that, you then have to make an effort day in and day out to keep up on it, keep the routine going, put things back in their place, and stay organized.
This is true for physical items, digital items, thoughts, and ideas. It’s actually rather simple. Practice being on time and staying organized on a daily basis until they become habits.
Let’s Make New Habits
It takes about a month for a habit to stick. And for some of us, it may take longer (raising my hand again!) If you struggle, go ahead and download my handy-dandy habit tracker. Use it over the next month to record your successes while practicing being on time and staying organized. Go ahead, it just might be life-changing!
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