Picture this. You come home, and there are millions of papers strewn everywhere–on your floor, on your tables, on your bed, on your couch, you name it they’re there. You also have piles upon piles of dirty clothes lying on your bedroom floor–so much so–that you feel like you have to climb Mount Everest to get through them. Additionally, you have two stacks of dirty dishes in your sink that are higher than the tallest mountain in the world. And you have dirty dishes and food in your room from the ice ages that you still haven’t gotten rid of. But you wanna know what really sucks? The fact that you’re always miserable, tired, and stressed out. And here’s the kicker–you know that you should change your life, but the problem is that you just don’t know how or where to start. Well, you can start by getting organized. To do that, just follow these three simple steps:
1. Create a Vision For Your Life
Because the why is more important than how. Now I know you’ve probably heard a million times that setting goals are the key to success. But what these self-help gurus fail to realize is that setting goals aren’t THE most important key to success. Because if you have a goal-oriented mindset then once you achieve that goal, you’re done ergo there’s nothing else to aspire to. With that kind of mindset, it’s easy to slip back into your old ways. But, if you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, then you won’t move back into your old ways because your vision, unlike goals, won’t quit until you do. Which is why you need to create a vision and to do this you need to identify your values, your passions, your life purpose, and how you picture your life. Then you should make a vision that encompasses your values, your life purpose, and your future aspirations.
2. Take Your Vision And Break It Down Into Bite Sized Portions
Because if you want to make your vision a reality, then you gotta break it down and take things one step at a time. To do that, first, take your vision and break it down into goals(because goals are the how behind the why that’ll help you make your vision a reality.) To do this ask yourself: What do you need to do to make your vision a reality? Then, once you determine your goals break them down into three bite-sized chunks by making monthly personal development plans or PDP for short. These plans are designed to help you achieve a goal within a month. How do you make one? First, take your big goal and break it down into mini goals that you can work towards achieving by the end of the month. Then, make a list of everything you want to accomplish by the end of each week(i.e., break the month down into weeks). Finally, break the weeks down into days by making daily to-do lists in which you make a list of all the things you want to achieve by the end of the day. By so doing, you’ll get at least one step(no matter how small) closer to achieving your goal.
3. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
Now that you have your vision and you’ve broken it down into smaller pieces it’s time to start trimming the fat. In other words, it’s time to rid yourself of all the clutter in your life. To do this, you need to clear your mind of any thought that’s preventing you from achieving your goals like self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of what other people are going to say, fear of what other people will think, etc. You also need to eliminate toxic, negative people from your life. Because these people will clutter your mind with their negativity which will prevent you from getting organized. Then, finally, you need to get rid of any unnecessary physical clutter. So, now’s the time to pick up all those dirty clothes, wash those dishes, and throw away all the junk that’s just lying around and taking up space. By so doing, you’ll be able to keep your eyes on the prize. And once you do that the sky’s the limit.
So, basically, if you want to organize your life simply create a vision that everything in your life will revolve around and before you know it everything else will just fall into place 🙂