Physical organization means having the things around you placed in strategic ways so you can easily retrieve them.
Having organized spaces allows you to save time and money. You become more efficient. For example:
1) If your pantry is cluttered, you might think you need to purchase flour when, in reality, you have 2 containers full of flour sitting in the back somewhere. It takes you 5 minutes to look through the clutter - wasted time - and it makes you spend money purchasing more when you don't need it.
2) You go to file your taxes with a tax preparer and you have lost important paperwork that you absolutely need because of clutters of papers sitting around everywhere. Now you have to make calls, get a second copy, get frustrated by having to wait on the phone, get upset when it does not arrive on time...etc. There are plenty of organizers of space and materials who do an amazing job both on television and on the web to help people become more physically organized. Here are some:
You will get more done in a short period of time - efficiency - just by having strong physical and mental organization skills. You will also have more balance to give all aspects of your life the proper amount of attention they need.
Mental Organization is being able to organize and prioritize effectively to get a lot done during the day. For example, if I have 15 things I need to do today and the thoughts about each are just kind of floating in my mind, without a real concrete step-by-step process on which I'm going to do first, which second, and how, I am probably only going to accomplish 2 or 3 of the 15. Having mental organization allows you to not only save time, and money that you can use for other things, but can also help you get more accomplished. Here are two examples:
1) A student needs to write an essay. She procrastinates and keeps putting it off because in her mind, she does not know what to write first, what to write second, and how to conclude. She has a couple of ideas floating around in her mind but can't bring them all together in a systematic, organized way. This causes her high levels of stress and anxiety.
2) A patient is told by her doctor she needs to eat better and exercise more to improve her health. Because in her mind she does not know what she needs to buy, or do, or even how to build motivation to exercise and eat healthier, she doesn't follow through. The argument is being made here that she wants to be healthier - everyone wants to be healthier - but since there is no systematic process for what needs to be done in her mind, she does not follow the doctor's advice as well as she should. It's possible for a person to have mental organization but not physical organization. It's also possible to have strong physical organization but not enough mental organization.
You will get more done in a short period of time - which is the definition of efficiency - just by having strong physical and mental organization skills. You will also have more balance to give all aspects of your life the proper amount of attention they need.
Spring Break is about fun. It will help, though, to take a day or two to organize and plan for the rest of the year to achieve as many goals as possible. Here are some ideas:
1) Organize and throw away items from drawers in the kitchen.
2) Purchase a planner, if you are not actively using one already.
3) Write down in your planner 4 books you want to read between now and end of December.
4) Write down in planner how much you want to have saved between now and December.
Also write down how much debt you want to have paid off each month.
5) Come up with exercise plan for the rest of the year - one thing you are willing to do each day to stay healthy and fit.
6) Clean and organize pantry and refrigerator.
7) Go through emails and clean out your inbox!
8) Clean and organize car or garage - throw away all trash laying around.
9) See which rooms in the home have clutter and organize only those rooms.
10) In your planner, write down how much you can save each month to plan a trip for next year.
11) Search for podcasts of your interest. Write in your planner 1 or 2 that you want to listen to each month.
12) Search for 10 TedTalks that you would want watch one each month between now and December.
What is mental organization?
Mental organization is systematizing and prioritizing in your mind in an effective way to get a lot done during the day. It is the opposite of mental clutter. This is when there is a lot in a person’s mind but little direction as to what to do first, what to do second, and so on.
Most people are not well-versed or aware of mental organization. They do, however, know what physical organization is and often refer to that as just organization. Mental organization comes before physical organization. You must have ideas and thoughts organized in your mind before you can make your physical spaces organized.
What are the benefits of mental organization?
Having mental organization has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence. A person who is more systematic and organized is not more intelligent or less intelligent than a person who is not. There are numerous benefits for learning organization skills to improve your life. These benefits include:
· Reduced stress
· Improved sleep
· More focus
· Less accidental forgetfulness to do things
· More productivity
The idea is to have balance between the mental and physical organization to get optimal results, achieve more, accomplish goals, and increase happiness.
Here are 5 strategies and ideas to become more mentally organized to have a healthier lifestyle, be more productive, save time, and have more self-appreciation to be proud of yourself!
Do you get overwhelmed by the large number of things you need to get done, especially on the weekends? In this video I show you how I get a ton of things done by breaking them into smaller, doable tasks using what I call WEEKEND TASK SHEETS.
In this video, I show you how I use project folders to keep a large number of tasks, projects, events, and goals flowing all in the right direction. I have always been able to complete a whole bunch of super complicated projects in a timely manner thanks to these project folders, in large part.
If you can organize your mind, you can organize the spaces around you! Mental organization is hardly discussed, but so important when it comes to being productive, effective, efficient, and well-managed with time. This video shares 5 specific strategies on how to be more mentally organized to achieve more in life.
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