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“What It Really Takes To Get Organized In Your Modern Hectic Lifestyle”
A collection of Articles on How To Get Organized from www.organizedr.com and www.gavrielshaw.com Watch my video below which shows you what it really takes to get organized… ‘Getting Organized’ is next to IMPOSSIBLE! ■ ■ ■ There will always be clutter. There will always be something to tidy up. There will always be more things to do…
Right? Getting Organized is a good goal, but only when mixed with some ‘secret sauce’… Watch the video to learn how to get organized (and stay organized) — using the 7 Steps of Organizing.
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What is your greatest challenge with getting organized?! How To Organize Time! How To Begin Organized Living By Bypassing Getting Organized! How To Get Organized | Case Study! How To Easily Organize Files! How to organize clutter | Real conversation with Audrey! How To Choose A Professional Organizer! Organize Now Techniques! Organize Skills! 2 3 6 7 12 15 20 23 26
What is your greatest challenge with getting organized?
Christopher wrote me: I think my biggest problem with getting organized is… …actually putting aside a block of time to actually begin & then when I do start making separate files for everything I become overwhelmed. I start to look at all the photos & read all the cards & decide to keep too many things that should be thrown out, & then I realize that I have spent 90 minutes doing all of this with practically no big results, so I put it all back
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with the goal of attacking it later on, but later on might not come for another week. I'm sure you get the picture. Thank you. My reply: Hey Christopher – yes I know exactly how that goes… It's been a few weeks since you sent me that, so has anything changed yet? My quick-fire suggestion is this: Before you try doing anything in real-space, which is clearly quite hectic, first create an emotionally compelling vision of how you really want things to be on paper. That is, write out how things would ideally be arranged. Only once you've done that is it likely that you'll be able to move quickly to actually getting it all organized. Let me know.
How To Organize Time
Organize Time Management What Are The Only 3 Timeless Keys That Will Allow You To Genuinely Organize Time? Discover right now that there are only 3 possible keys to all time management.
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It seems that when we try and organize time, we over-complicate things beyond usefulness. Notable figures of history, philosophy, technology have shown that the best explanation is very often the simplest. ?Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler?. Albert Einstein I am certainly one for intricate detail. However, the central guiding principles are almost always simple, short, and powerful when understood clearly. Here in this article I present my 3 timeless keys to organize time. And first I review 4 approaches to organize time that is taught out there in the big complicated world. 4 levels to better organize time management As I researched through many time management courses, home study courses, etc I noted 4 levels of how good they were.
Organize Time Level 1
The lowest level was where the program gave a very clear, vivid description and expansion of the problems and frustrations and all the many areas where loss of time, time wasting, or difficulties with time would come up. Then there would be some scattered tips and techniques at the end of each section on how to actually organize time.
Organize Time Level 2
The 2nd level are programs that explored the possible reasons behind difficulties with time, along with a ton of tips and techniques that would
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gain great results, provided they were applied, which would take discipline and effort to do for sure.
Organize Time Level 3
The 3rd level did that review of time difficulties, as well as the causes, but gave a streamlined approach to the steps to take for getting priorities controlled, and a selection of more efficient methods to organize time.
Organize Time Level 4
Now comes the 4th level of technology to organize time, which utilizes today's modern computer capabilities, along with eliminating all the dead old inferior and unintegrated techniques. You can check out my own painstakingly developed groundbreaking method for how to get organized now. Plus the Organize Your Life system. The 3 keys that I teach to organize time are Desire, Mindfulness, and Willingness. Remember and carry these concepts with you always. DESIRE- clearly identifying your intent for what you want. The easy bit right? MINDFULNESS – preparation and organization to set you up to achieve. A whole new level of insight. WILLINGNESS – actually doing the next steps of all your projects. Precise mechanism to control your actions. By focusing on those 3 keys you can not only organize time, but you can dominate time. Time is our most valuable commodity.
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Everything is done inside of time. If you lack control over time, if you can not properly organize time, then far less can be accomplished, contributed, created, or enjoyed. But how is it actually done?
How To Begin Organized Living By Bypassing Getting Organized
You are overwhelmed by the information age. But your saving grace is almost here. A major revolution is coming by 2010 that I’ve coined the [tag] Efficiency Age[/tag]. Past revolutions include the industrial, technological and current information age. The old dictum ‘knowledge is power’ seems to have become obsolete. Too much knowledge causes confusion. Today’s information age is overwhelming. We want an organized life. A new approach to life has to emerge through careful selection and efficient application of world knowledge. This points us to an [tag]Efficiency Revolution[/tag]. It soon becomes obvious. You don’t want to get organized. What you want is to get stuff done in the best and fastest way that gives the greatest benefit for the least amount of effort. Efficiency goes beyond getting organized to put us in the driving seat of modern life. Traditional how to get organized information is becoming very obsolete very quickly. David Allen’s Getting Things Done is truly excellent when applied to
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career development. For your personal life though, it still becomes overwhelming. I now believe getting organized is in fact impossible in today’s fast paced modern life. Getting organized defeats it’s own purpose by being a waste of time. Get past the struggle for getting organized with something different. Something new. The idea of being efficient.
How To Get Organized | Case Study
Using The 1st Organize Skill Asking Questions For Organizing Home & Career Notes from August 06. Last week a very productive lady (we'll call her Jane) emailed me about her problem of disorganization in her office. What really caught my attention was this: "I've read many, many organization books, and am still having a problem seeing my way clear. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated?" Jane has read 'many, many organization books'? So this really does beg 2 questions: 'What prevents a productive person from getting things organized even with lots of information on how to get organized?' And the other side to this curiosity
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'Why are those organization books so ineffective for people that otherwise are indeed very productive?' Jane wrote: "Do you have any brilliant ideas for organizing a multi-use space that's just too small for everything? I have a small office/sewing room. My stuff is all piled up because there really isn't a space (s) for it to go into. I have a plan for getting my filing done – bringing in outside help so I have to keep moving forward – but the books, the fabric and sewing stuff, the office supplies? are everywhere. I've built a just-below-ceiling wall mounted bookshelf along one wall, and that helped, but there really is more stuff than space. Any great hints to break it down and make it more manageable? I've read many, many organization books, and am still having a problem seeing my way clear. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated (or point me to an article if that's easier). By the way, I am a new subscriber but have enjoyed what I've seen so far." My reply to Jane is mostly questions to ask her to clarify and expand on her situation. If you are the 'analytical' type, you'll be right at home with this case study. If you're not a typical analyzer, then you need to pay extra attention because it might reveal a weakness you have.
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I suggested possibilties, and asked questions about there suitability. Please note that Jane is not a client, and I would never take this approach with an actual ongoing client. Nor is it anything in the slightest like the process in The Efficiency Factor (solution to modern-day organizing). What this demonstrates though is this key skill-set for getting organized – asking questions. My reply to Jane: Dear Jane, Hmm interesting challenge. That you've read a lot on organization already I'll try to suggest some unusual ideas if I can for you? Lets see. Small room, not enough space for the amount you have. Questions I would ask you: • Do you feel you need all that stuff? • Do you need access to all of that stuff at the moment, or could some be kept there and some be put away for later? • Do those things need to be in the one room, or some of it moved out to other areas of your living space? • Could you chuck out things of low monetary value and then buy them as and when needed? • Would that feel like a waste of money or is money not the issue but more the emotional attachment you might have for those things? • Could you ask a friend with space to hold a box of things for you if they have a loft or basement with some space? • Could you build a low level false ceiling as extra storage space in that room?
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• Fabric and sewing material can take a lot of space because of air, can the stuff be squashed considerably into good holding packages thus reducing it's volume?
Please answer me those questions with genuine consideration and explanation, try not to make it too long though Then from there I would ask you about the importance of the various projects that are 'contained' in that room. • What is important to you about them all? • What signiﬁcance are they for you? • What do they give you or allow you to have/experience? • Essentially, why have you got all that stuff anyway? • I would not settle for your initial surface answers. I would ask you further: • What is important to you about 'that'? • What do you really want to achieve with it all? • Then from there I would ask you about • What does Jane really want for herself, 5 years from now? • Are all of those things in your room still included? • What about the rest of your home, your lifestyle? • How do you want your life to be organized? • What place do those things in that room have in your life now, and future? end of reply email Can you see how my reply to Jane was a big bunch of questions? I didn't really give advice on getting her room organized. I simply asked questions for clarification and expansion. The answers Jane would think of would either help me gather more information and insight into her situation so I could then make another reply to her, or Jane would begin to see some possibilities her self because of those questions.
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"The quality of life you experience will be directly related to the quality of the questions you ask." – Dorothy Leeds Where should this go? What is this for? Why do I need to have this here? When shall I do this? What do I need to do first? Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
I recommend you try out all the questions I've given you in this email for any areas of overwhelm, frustration, dissatisfaction and pressure? or areas of disorganization, in YOUR life (not just your home either). See if the clarification and expansion helps you find solutions. I can guarantee you that it will. Asking questions is the first of the four core skills for organized living: Asking And Using Questions to Get Organized Listening to Get Organized Talking to Get Organized Acting to Get Organized Yours, questioningly PS. If you want to do a little case study of a situation you've had or are struggling with right now then contact me. PPS. Central clarification/expansion questions are inbuilt into 7 Step Formula for How To Get Organized Now at www.OrganizeDr.com
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"I am busy working on the gym website thanks to the info you sent me, a great help thanks. Still to be kept secret, I think you have hit a nail on the head with that one." – Lee Holt, UK, 2000 Lee, are you still there? It's been 6 years since you I gave you that stuff. I hope you've made your way over to my new www.OrganizeDr.com site. Would love to hear from you.
How To Easily Organize Files
Personal productivity greatly depends on being able to put your hands on information you want quickly, and being able to store lots of info orderly.? Here's some effective tips.
Organize Files On Computer And In Real-Space
Organized Files are important right?? Organizing your files helps to organize the home by getting rid of cluttered paper. Arrange your files and folders, paperwork and notes like this and you'll be in much better shape in no time at all. It depends if you want to organize files on computer or organize files in real-space, i.e. paper files.
Tips to organize files in real-space
If you have a system that isn't working, it's probably because it is not the system outlined below. Simplicity of effectiveness is vital for a real-space filing system.
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To organize files in real-space it should take no more than 1 minute to add so me thing new to your system and no more than 30 seconds to retrieve so me thing. Preparation Get a large sturdy me tal filing cabinet Get box files and card files Get an electric label maker Chuck out hanging file guides Implementation When paper work co me s your way that you have to save for reference, grab a card file Create a label with your label maker that obviously identifies what these papers are about Stick the labeled file in your filing cabinet in A to Z order Maintenance Go through your filing cabinet and on computer create a file that lists from A to Z everything that's in your filing cabinet Periodically you should go through your filing cabinet and check for items not on your computer file and add new ones so that your computer file is pretty much up to date all the ti me I know that seems like a very simple way to organize files, and it is, it's me ant to be, and it has to be. Consider that if you currently have trouble keeping on top of the way you organize files it's probably because the way you have been doing until now is not this simple strategy.
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So now you can organize files in real-space (and you really can with the above system), lets now consider the way you organize files on computer.
Tips to organize files on computer
Did you know that most people's computer contains more clutter than the rest of their house? Alright so it doesn't take up any real significant space in your property estate, but I found that it effected my satisfaction and productivity im me nsely as I really had wanted the computer to be a source of fun and creativity and a way to keep lots of interesting information and notes to my self and also my work. So I got to reading and that didn't work as there wasn't anything much besides the normal tips on personal organization. So I created my own strategy The number 1 reason people don't like to turn on their computer is the ti me they know it will take to find what they want and the disgust they feel with themself for having let it get so out of hand. But it ' s just so easy to fix once and for all and requires no special software. Create folders on your computer for different topics. Put everything relevant to that topic into the appropriate folder. Create more folders within existing topic folders for sub-topics. E.g. You might create a folder called Health. In that you might have folders for Diet, Exercise, Sleep.
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Spend time on that process and you will finally feel that you can organize files on your computer very very well indeed. I hope this article has been helpful, and if you implement these ideas, you will absolutely see great results.
Organize Files Resources
To organize your computer files I suggest taking a look at the Organize Your Life Folderarchy system which will make it so unbelievably simple and useful that you'll wonder how you ever did without it. "I think my husband will be indebted to you forever. I really think this is going to work for me. Thank you very much from one whose life is chaotic and whose home reflects this." – Deb Armstrong
How to organize clutter | Real conversation with Audrey
Does home clutter seem to stand out more when you're expecting company? It did for Audrey who contacted me on my live chat program using one of the buttons on my how to get organized now web site. Take a quick read through this real conversation and find out the selfdiscovery and immediate and simple solution to Audrey's problem that she herself realized, simply by me asking a few qustions about how she organizes her life at present.
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Problems with organizing your home clutter? Audrey OMG I am so unorganized. But it doesnt really bother me, UNTIL i have company. I still know where everything is , but when I clean up, it's like I have no clue what I did with anything. Hellp Gav hi Gav what's your name? Audrey Audrey Gav Hello Audrey. If you were to be given $1000 for coming up with the best answer to your own question, what would your answer be? Audrey Either that if it doesnt bother me dont worry about it or something quirky. I also work a full time job, go to school full time and I am a single parent Gav ok do you regularly feel overwhelmed?
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Audrey i used to, i almost had a breakdown until i realized that everything is temporary and subject to change Gav do you feel you have a small or fair sized living space? do you think you own too much 'stuff'? have you sat and made a list of your rooms, and the ideal stuff you'd keep in each room, including each storage area? Audrey I do think I own too much , But I dont' want to give it to goowill and salvationarmy because they will only resale the thin gs . I want to GIVE them away ang have noone to give to I do not think I have enough storage space Gav do you know anyone with a garage that they wouldn't mind you putting a couple boxes into for the time being until you figure out who to give the stuff to? Audrey nope . Ive tried to organize but I only scatter things again Gav who would you give the stuff to?
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Gav you either need to keep it where you have it at home and create storage for it, put it somewhere else for safekeeping, or get rid of it pronto. can you see any other possibile option? Audrey when – i need like 30 extra hours in my weekn Gav throwing things away can be tough. clarity of life direction will help with what to keep in your life. if time is a problem then i have a time management system at Time Management System. Audrey what do i do to throw them away how do i let go even though I though I did Gav in the right hand column you'll find links to my reports, resources and programs Audrey I COULD GIVE THEM TO THE BATTERED WOMENS SHELTER!!!! DUh i feel so retarded right now Gav we can talk again Gav let me suggest 1 more thing
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Audrey what Gav sitting alone with pen and paper can allow you to find many solutions to all sorts of problems Audrey u ask good questions Gav and asking yourself questions Gav wow we just had the same idea… yes, it's all about the questions. i write a lot about that . Audrey so… If i ask it will come to me Gav it may well do. if not, read my articles until the right question or the right answer appears Audrey I write alot of songs and poetry, but not a lot of questions Gav then you already have good creativity and flexibility of thinking, just apply the same skill to questions about organizing your life
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Gav audrey that will have to be all for the time being, nice to meet you. Audrey WHOA thats a real job right there Audrey u2 Audrey peace What do you take from that short conversation? The obvious question is how can you use questions to help yourself organize more of your life? Find out how to get organized now and eliminate clutter at home.
How To Choose A Professional Organizer
Discover The Difference With Professional Organizer Consultancy "…Takes You On A Quick Mental Rush Explaining Why He Might Be The Right Professional Organizer For You" I won't beat around the bush by making out that this is an article with tips on choosing a Professional Organizer, and then subtly pointing you to me. I'll tell you straight up that if you don't choose me then you're a fool. And here's why…
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Now having just scared a bunch of visitors away by being 'so rude' I'll redeem myself with the smart bunch of you that stay to read on. Professional Organizer's are becoming increasingly popular, for a very good reason. I won't describe it in detail because I don't have to. You already know it. Life has become far more complex over the past couple of decades that people who want to either a) get ahead, or b) enjoy the prestige of being and staying ahead, can make use of what I call 'efficiency services'. We are beginning to run our homes like a business, where we outsource various projects to other companies. Just glimpse at the many efficiency services that you outsource to. Delivery services, car wash, launderette, home maintenance like elec guy, plumber, etc. But that really isn't enough. That level of outsourcing has been ok until the past 10 years. Now that we are moving into higher levels of lifestyle, we expect and really can have far more. Professional Organizers are the golden crown of this new drive for personal organization efficiency. I have been helping every type of person [tag]organize life[/tag], [tag] organize time[/tag], [tag]organize home[/tag], [tag]organize everything[/ tag], since 1998 when I first launched a product called Folderarchy.
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I continue to develop it and it is the crown jewel of how to organize life in every area. Your first step is 100% free without obligation. You'll get access to it after you've read my spiel. I have been trained in Listening, and Thinking in Essentials. Two areas that most other professional organizers sorely lack. Without understanding the fundamental essentials of organization, a professional organizer only has a certificate. If all you want help with is some motivation to tidy up your office or basement, then by all means go right ahead with a normal Professional Organizer and do not waste my time. Without knowing how to listen to you the client, a [tag]professional organizer[/tag] will never be able to take you to a level of personal organization that makes you catch your breath when you realize how powerfully different your life is now. Once you have used the 7 Steps program I am going to give you without charge or obligation, you will have the option of using my paid services. My fees range from 'expensive' to 'cheap' depending where you want to start and what you want to do. PWM (People With Money) will opt for the higher price range services because of the leverage they have to save time. But many clients report that by just using my lower price range products, their life is so organized that they do not feel the need for my professional organizer consultancy services.
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Shooting myself in the foot? No not at all. I pump massive value into my products. If the cheaper one's suit your lifestyle, then fantastic. If you have more money so time is even more precious and a valuable commodity for you, then you need my professional organizer consultancy. Life is too precious, short, and exquisite for you to miss out on how to [tagtec]organize[/tag-tec] everything, and I do mean everything. And life is too short for me to spend time helping you in areas that can be sorted out through the Folderarchy technology that's available inexpensively in my home study course. I believe a professional organizer should get the job done by whatever financial means suit you. I look forward to working with you at whichever level you decide is suitable at this time, starting with this… On the right of this web page you'll find links to 5 reports.? Most people start with how to get organized now.
Organize Now Techniques
"Great News! After 8 years of MY painstaking research, YOU can find out how to Organize Now!.. sheesh.."If I showed you a way that works for me and many of my clients to always organize now, wherever we are, and whatever is in our life, would you try it yourself to see if it works for you too? Well ok, here it is..
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Organize now in just 10 minutes Learn and use (copy the article to your computer with my blessing) this 10 minute organize now session, and you will see dramatic results almost spontaneously for how organized you feel about your entire life, now. Your daily 10 Minute Organize Now Session Organize now you?re self-awareness Feel the pleasure of existing. Get in touch with the physical sensations of your environment. Centre your self on the here and now. Give yourself permission to feel human, to feel alive, to feel your inner vitality. Organize now your vision of ideal self Take a moment to get in touch with how you ideally see yourself in the future, and pick out a couple characteristics or types of behavior, and step inside that vision so that some of that ideal state absorbs into you right now. At the same time clearly imagine what you would like to do and have in your ideal situation. Organize now you?re awareness of current projects as if they were already complete Have a list of the current most important things in your life that you are actively pursuing and imagine them 100% completed to your satisfaction.
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Fantasize and visualize your perfect situation as if everything was set in motion and fully organized now. Organize now you?re views of yesterday What went right? What can I learn from yesterday? What can I be grateful for and appreciate? Organize now you?re mindfulness of today 1. Attitude Today is a new day and you have the choice to live in the direction of your ideal self, or to just let another day go by without mindfulness hoping to tip toe safely through to bed time again. You've got to make that choice until you are in the habit of full willingness to live as you really want to live, with energy, passion, dedication, purpose, and happiness. 2. Organization Think of the approximate outline / schedule for the day Imagine yourself behaving today with some of the juice you've got in the vision of your future ideal self, drawing some of that energy into the present Decide on the next actions, the tasks at hand to initiate your day, and write them down. 3. Go for it!
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By the time you reach this point, having diligently worked through the previous organize now steps, you will definitely be organized now and ready to launch into the next bunch of actions that are calling for your attention. Try it, I can assure you that if you make a habit of this daily 10 minute organize now session, you really will grow to be organized now, always.
"What Are The 3 Core Organize Skills That Allow You To.. Well… Organize?" Organize Skills are important aren?t they? I "What Are The 3 Core Organize Skills That Allow You To.. Well… Organize?"n fact they may be of the most highly important skills we can possibly have for our success in all areas of life right? I was terribly frustrated with my self and life and made the resolve to learn organize skills to straighten out my ENTIRE life. This proved to be a marathon in itself, whilst I continued to juggle my life. But I was obsessed to find the solution, because without awesome [tag] organize skills[/tag], everything that I did would be inferior, and for the sake of finding and learning good organize skills I would be able to do EVERYTHING better for my entire life in every area.
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It actually took me 7 years to complete my research and before I reveal the 3 critical organize skills, I want to strongly emphasize that you have the absolute most important organize skill already. It is the key organize skill that I teach my clients to create a lifetime habit out of. Captured in just three words.. Think on paper. And the motto I use: "Don't just think it, Ink it!" I'm telling you, this is the very TOP organize skill you can have. Don't reject or neglect it because of it's simplicity. Grab on to this one idea and you will soon be able to [tag-tec]organize[/ tag-tec] a wedding whilst standing in front of a tiger. Well, who would want to? But the key here is that the elite of the elite get into this habit. Commit to paper all inspiration, every 'must do that' thought, and all good ideas that are picked up from day to day. Keep a sheet of paper and pen with you at all times. Intuition / creativity (whatever you want to call it) will rise and grow by making a habit of this king of all organize skills. Applying this concept of thinking on paper is more important for your organize skills than even the following 3 cherished core organize skills that I am about to reveal. Please do not forget to always, always, think on paper.
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The 3 Areas of Organize Skills
1.Identification 2.Organization 3.Execution Identification is the 1st of my 3 core organize skills This is the skill of asking questions. Everything comes from asking questions. Rudyard Kipling illustrates this with his famous 6 Honest Men. ?I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who? The technical words here are differentiation (finding differences), and integration (finding similarities and connections). Practically speaking, get into the habit of asking yourself automatically the following types of questions: What is the most effective thing to do in this situation? What does this mean? Is that correct to my honest assessment of reality? If this was better, what would be different?
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How does this work? Does that matter? What other questions could I ask? Organization is the 2nd of my 3 core Organize Skills This is about using organize skill 1, and applying it to prepare and structure everything that you do. It is essentially an extension of the same thing. A continuation where action is now applied to what we have identified. To develop your organize skills for learning how to organize I obviously would suggest that you make good and full use of the OrganizeDr website. Execution is the 3rd of my 3 core organize skills No we’re not going to hire a hit man to ‘get the job done’. Execution is that final moment of action that completes a definite step towards a goal. Like an executable ?EXE? computer file, you activate it, and it executes the instructions that have been carefully organized by the programmer. The skill of executing a task is about that precise moment in time in which we gather the willingness to act on something. To control thought in such a way that we direct it to activate our body so that something gets done. If it is a step towards a desire, it has to be done, regardless of whether we ?enjoy? the task or not. In summary..
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My highest recommendation for organize skills is to think on paper. Get into the habit of writing down your ideas, things to remember, inspirations, and anything at all that weighs on your mind. Through that process, all other organize skills for your entire life will unfold with time. The 3 core organize skills to stay aware of and develop are Identification, Organization, and Execution.
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