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The Infamous Organizational Myth

Myth: To be organized means to be neat or tidy.

Yes, we will admit you can be neat and organized at the same time. But, there is also a huge percentage of neat, but extremely disorganized, men and women.

In fact, and this one's probably going to surprise you—you can be the total opposite of neat (you can be sloppy) and still be organized!

So, what does it mean to be organized?

Truth: To be organized means:

1. You get everything done when it's due.
2. You find everything easily when it is needed.

It's really that simple.

Keep these two phrases in mind, and you're well on your way to optimum organization.

Take time to sharpen your ax.

There was a woodsman who had a new ax. The first day he was able to chop down twenty trees. With each passing day, he worked longer and harder, while chopping down fewer trees.

A friend wandered by and suggested, 'Why don't you sharpen your ax?'

The woodsman replied, 'I'm too busy. I've got to chop down more trees!'

Working longer and harder will not help to find more time.

In fact, it will make the problem worse. As stress and frustration set in, your goals will get put on the sideline.

The simple answer to this problem is to get organized! The only thing you can do to save time, is to waste less time.

The next time you hear yourself saying you can't spare a minute, it's time to collect your thoughts and re-evaluate how you can work smarter so you have plenty of time to reach your goals.

How much is your time worth?

If you had to place a dollar value on your time, what would it be? $50 an hour? $100 an hour? I know someone who values his time at over $5,000 an hour! He certainly knows how precious his time is, wouldn't you say?

Have you ever felt your time was being wasted? Maybe you've been on the telephone talking to someone, when he or she decided to put you on hold to take another call.

Possibly you were once working on an important project, when someone decided to just stop in your office and 'shoot the breeze.' We're all familiar with these common time wasters.

Let's suppose you value your time at $100 an hour. Then imagine throwing $100 down the drain every hour. Ouch!

That's exactly what is happening if you're wasting your precious time. If you knew you were losing $100 an hour, would you continue to let your time dwindle away on unimportant activity? Probably not.

Placing a dollar value on your time will help determine what and what not to spend your time on. Don't ever sell yourself short. Establish how much your time is worth and use that value to make decisions on how to spend it.

Written, Published and Edited by:
Maria Gracia
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