Surprising Benefits of Staying Organized
If you were to look at the majority of job descriptions on the leading recruitment websites, almost 100% of them mention the importance of having one skill: organization. Because of this, it’s become a bit of a filler word, something that candidates say whether or not they truly do feel like they are organized, because, without it, it's a red flag.
Being unorganized shouldn’t just be a red flag for us throughout the interview process, because being organized isn’t just a word, it’s a lifestyle. And maintaining that lifestyle holds surprising benefits, not just in our professional lives, but in our personal lives as well.
Here are a few ways that prove how putting time and effort into honing one’s organizational skills is surprisingly worthwhile.
It Will Help Save Money
If there’s anything that’s been proven over and over in today’s society, it’s that time is money. And what better time saver is there than to have an organizational system that works for you? They say the early bird gets the worm. Well, it’s hard to be the one who gets that worm if you spend 20 minutes every morning looking for your keys first.
Helps Others Be Organized
My uncle had a saying growing up, “Monkey see, monkey do.” Even as a kid, it was clear that he was referring to people and not just monkeys. Humans do have a tendency to follow other people. Sometimes this is in the most positive way. When a person sees another person doing “better,” they naturally want to do better as well. People often want to be organized, but they just don’t know how. There’s a good chance that if a person sees how an organizational system works for you, they'll be interested to see if it might also work for them.
Reduces Stress Levels
There’s such a negative tone associated with not getting things done that we’ve created a whole theme about it in literature around ghosts. If I were to ask you the one reason ghosts exists, I bet you’d respond in a heartbeat with, “unfinished business.” While that thought is clever and creative from a story perspective, the truth is, unfinished business really does keep us going and on a surprisingly unconscious level. Each incomplete project or task is an energy leak, because somewhere, in the back of your mind, you are thinking about how it needs to be completed. This causes a ridiculous amount of stress, and what’s worse, is most of it is in our unconscious. Becoming organized and completing those tasks stops that energy leak and that unconscious stress.
Helps You Get More Sleep
Probably everyone in the world has experienced those nights when no matter how tired you are, you just can’t seem to fall asleep. Often times, these nights occur because we have so much on our minds. We want to sleep, but our minds are rehashing the day and even worrying about tomorrow. Developing an organizational system that works for you works wonders in quieting that voice. You won’t have to worry about remembering to complete that task tomorrow if you’re confident in your system.
Improves Your Social Life
Often times, people who feel very busy or overwhelmed find their social lives suffering. Becoming organized has a magical side effect of creating space. However, it doesn’t only create physical space. As you are clearing off your desktop, you are also making more room in your consciousness and your overall being. With that newly found space, it’s much easier to plan for fun once you’ve created room for it.
Quick Tips for Staying Organized
It’s much easier to read an article about organizational skills than it is it learn them. However, being organized doesn’t have to be about making huge changes. It can be about making tiny little shifts. Here are three small things that you can start doing right now to become more organized.
- Follow the 2-minute rule. If you can get something done, like answering that email or washing that cup, in 2 minutes or less, do it immediately. You’ll be surprised at how those two-minute tasks can really add up.
- Break a large project down into smaller parts. If you’re like me, you like checking off tasks on your to-do list. A great motivator here is to provide yourself with more tabs. Rather than having a line that reads, “Clean out Desk,” you can break it down by drawer. They’re smaller, more accomplishable tasks, and you’ll feel even more productive with each check mark.
- Do a weekly mind dump. It’s surprising how much we have on our minds that hangs out in the background. Bring all your to-dos to the foreground by taking 10 minutes a week to rack your brain for all those little tasks that you know you have to do, but don’t have the capacity to address right away. Getting them out of your subconscious and onto the paper makes more room in our minds to tackle the work.
With a little effort, we can all be more organized personally. However, organizational skills aren’t only something individuals can learn. Often times, companies, especially in the healthcare industry, can benefit from taking a look at their operating systems and reforming them into a more efficient machine. If you are interested in how we can help you and your company get organized, more information can be found here: https://davidcouperconsulting.com/organizational-development.
Melissa Schoenecker is a freelance writer and co-creator of the universe based in Venice, California. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master's Degree from the University of Santa Monica. She contributes to a number of blogs and online postings, but her best work can be found in her gratitude journal.