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One Secret to Getting More Organized
I think it’s human nature to be happier when we have structure in our lives. Even though I wasn’t always an organized person, I definitely strive to be as organized as I can today. Entire workdays and workweeks are usually blocked out on my calendar with events and appointments. I even plan out what I’ll do on my vacations to a certain extent. I enjoy all aspects of my life more when I’m not flying by the seat of my pants, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people can relate to that. But one important question remains: How do we stick with it? I wasn’t an organized person after I graduated from high school, and I didn’t want to go to college. I wanted to work and save money. I did that for about three years, and during that time, one of my bosses, Mr. Farthing, encouraged me to further my education. He was one of the best mentors I have ever had, and I took his advice to pursue an
was that a lot of them planned their entire day, week, month, year — as far into the future as they could go. So, I wrote down everything with a pen and paper. When I got to college, I worked a third shift job from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and went to class right after I got off work. For several years, I only got about four hours of sleep a day, but I was a straight-A student who was nationally ranked as one of the best accounting students in the country. I wanted a college degree and a successful career, and my ability to manage my time helped me do that. That was why I was able to stick with a structured schedule, and why I still stick with a structured schedule today: There was a reward to achieve, a goal to accomplish. When organization helps me achieve a goal, it’s much easier for me to stick with the habit. It’s much harder to be organized just for organization’s sake.
while I’m talking to a client. I want to hear their story and why they’re buying a house, and I want to really get to know them. I want them to feel important because they are. But, if I’m thinking about other things during the meeting, chances are my clients wouldn’t feel like their future is a priority to me. While wanting to manage your time and organize your space better isn’t a bad thing, it’s easier to do when you have a reason to get more organized. And the clearer the reason, the better. So, if you’re not as organized as you would like to be, you can’t just ask yourself how to get there — you have to ask yourself why you want to get there in the first place.
“That was why I was able to stick with a structured schedule, and why I still stick with a structured schedule today: There was a reward to achieve, a goal to accomplish.”
education and a career, rather than just a job. That came with some difficult decisions. My parents couldn’t pay for any of my college education, so I had to work and apply for scholarships to pay for all of it. Adding a job on top of college meant every minute was valuable, and I would need a serious lesson in time management.
I’m 100% paid through commission with Homeside. It seems like it would be nerve-wracking, but I love that I get to choose my hours because of it. This past summer, I chose to work longer hours because I wanted to achieve greater peace of mind later on. That was how I was able to stay organized even with a less structured workday. Having a goal works on a smaller scale as well. I schedule appointments with clients meticulously because I don’t want to wonder about what the rest of my day is going to be like
I started studying how some of the most successful people at that time managed their day. What I found
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