Is anyone else having a little bit of “If I hear one more effing thing about goals for 2017, even my own, I’m going to drop kick a lawn gnome that doesn’t even belong to me?” Yeah. Me too. And while I’m kind of over it, I thought I would take one more swipe before moving on and trying this from a different angle.
I’m not going to tell you how to reach your goals. I’m not going to tell you how to organize your kitchen or whatever because if you saw my kitchen you might think that two Visigoths live in my apartment. What I am going to share is how to make this whole process a little easier.
The two parts of that are pretty simple when you just break them down, but honestly there is more to it than just this. The two main ingredients are
The you make it do part. Without you, none of this works. None of this matters. None of this can develop into something bigger. As the title suggests, you make it do.
The how you go about making it do part. This is the magic part. The part that fits you like a glove. The part that makes your work and life easier. A system that works for you. You don’t work for them.
The You Factor
DISCLAIMER: This is going to get harsh and it’s going to get that way fast. Hold onto your hats.
So I don’t want that self doubt shit from this point on. You read the disclaimer. Hat holding time.
When it comes right down to it, if you are starting a business on the side, or frankly even this far into dreaming and scheming it, there is no more room for self doubt because guess what, love? You’re in it. And that makes you one of the most brave people like ever. So leave that “what if” or “I’m not” shit at the door.
The point of all of this is as simple as this. You make it do. You are the key. You are the magic stuff.
So let go of the bull and get on board. You got this.
The First Step
I’m going to sound like one big cliche, but this is for real.
You actually have to make a commitment to getting organized. Not like “I’m gonna do it for realsies this time!” But like “I am ready to make the commitment to not only get organized in a way that makes sense for me and my business, but I am also ready to put in the daily work to stay that way.” Big words right? Big idea. Totally doable. But only if you are ready to commit. Like really commit.
Here is where it starts to get really good.
Getting organized is all about finding a way to make it happen. The best place to start is by asking the question of paper or digital? If you’ve used all the paper planners and haven’t found one that you can use for real, then try a project management system, like Trello or Asana. They are great for organizing mostly because they are blank canvases to mold into whatever you want.
There are a few basic parts that make pretty much any organizational system go ‘round. Paper, digital, or a hybrid like I use (you can read about that here.)
The big picture. This is the place that all your goals, hopes, dreams, and badass (and not so badass) ideas go to get organized. This is the hub. The center of all.
A place to break it all down. This is where you pick that big ass goal apart into tiny little chunks you can manage. This is where you develop those ideas into goals that get broken down.
A place to store stuff you need. Stuff you do over and over again should really just be a list you copy and paste. Or a check list you print out. Either way, you need somewhere that you store stuff that you need over and over again. Make your life easier.
A sacred place to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. This is where you keep your sanity (buh dun cha!) But really. For real. This is the place where the day to day happens without looking any further ahead than a week. See? Sanity lives here.
A couple things before moving on. First, understand that trial and error is the name of the game. This becomes easier to be flexible around a digital organization system, but it is possible with paper. Just take it a little test period at a time. Second, before you get on with choosing anything, get a little more familiar with what your personality type requires. A Myers-Briggs personality can tell you a lot about how your personality type works with organization.
The First Step
You know that cliche part? This is where that comes in. It’s all about accountability, baby.
Set up that reward system (take that long bath, get your nails done, go out with your S.O.)
Get ahold of (or find) your accountabilibuddy.
Anyway you do it, just do it. Be accountable to your commitment.
What This Can Mean For Your Goals and Even Life
First and foremost, let’s talk about decision fatigue. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase. If not, here is a quick rundown. The average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day. That’s everything from making a to do list to brushing your teeth or even catching that apple you dropped. And every single decision takes it’s toll. This is why you hear of wildly successful people eating the same thing for breakfast every day. Why these people wear the same thing every day or at a less extreme capsule wardrobe.
Getting and staying organized can make decision-making that much easier. And in addition to that, knowing what you are doing day to day can eliminate the need to make decisions so that you can be more focused in your life.
On a personal note, since moving my business into Trello, I have been able to run it more smoothly, stay on top of things and make good plans for as far out as I want to. But since adding in my bullet journal, (it’s new, not trying to sound sage here) my life and business have been in much better harmony.
Really, there are endless benefits to getting and staying organized. If nothing else, think of it as a treat to yourself. One more step in taking control of this craziness we call work life balance, which after finding a system that has been working for me, I’m not thinking is a myth anymore.