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10 Mindsets Of Organized People Which Make Them Successful

10 Mindsets Of Organized People Which Make Them Successful

Being organized is not something that people inherit: it is more to do with how well you organize your daily routine and tasks to make sure that everything falls into place. All the successful people that you see around you did not achieve success overnight. Nor was success simply handed to them. They worked for the success, and the first step towards success is good organization.

Anyone can be organized and successful. All that is required is the mindset to do things in a proper manner. Here are the 10 mindsets of organized people that lead them towards the epitome of success:

1. They find the tools they need to assist them

We all know how tedious life can be, and sometimes we feel like we are in a rut! However, organized people do something about that and make sure that the rut that they are faced with is cleared. And they do this with helpful tools that are all around us only if we stop for a second and pay attention. Your tablet, smartphone, and smartwatch are all useful technological tools that you can use to plan, organize, and therefore make your lives a whole lot easier and productive.

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2. They know what their priorities are, and give them their due importance

Organized people know how to handle their priorities effectively, no matter how hectic their day is. Making a to-do list on a daily basis can be a highly productive effort in such cases. They know what tasks are urgent and thus need to be handled first and foremost.

3. They only worry about relevant things

We all know how our minds are occupied with so many things on a daily basis. However, most of the things that we think about are completely irrelevant, yet we seem to be so consumed by them. This is not the case with organized people. They will make sure to practice mindfulness and remove the clutter from their minds on a daily basis. After this, they will focus on everything that is relevant to them.

Things like TV shows, get-togethers, and gossip are not relevant to such people. For them, reaching their goals is their main priority, and they will make sure that things get done when they need to get done!

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4. They prefer the simpler way to do things

Organized people are not perfectionists and neither will they make their lives and work complicated. They prefer doing things in the simplest way possible, as long as they get the job done. Therefore, do not assume organized people to be control freaks. In fact, they love going with the flow, and if they know that circumstances will not let them change certain things, then they simply let them be instead of having a panic attack.

5. They keep everything well maintained

Life will never be perfect and it will entail many ups and downs. However, the important thing to know is that despite those ups and downs, you can take steps to make sure that every aspect of your life is well maintained and in balance. This is exactly what organized people do. They will give attention to the things that require their utmost attention and fix problems as they come up.

6. They are always concerned about future rewards

Organized people do things in a way that will provide them the most amounts of benefits in the future. For instance, they will never leave dirty dishes in the kitchen since they know that they will only pile up and become a hassle later on.

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7. They get rid of the clutter

Clutter can be anyone’s worst nightmare, be it in the mind or the house. While most of the unorganized individuals will live most of their lives in the middle of clutter, the organized ones will eliminate as much of it as possible. Clutter is simply a hindrance to progress, and nothing can get done properly if everything inside of you and around you is a complete mess.

8. They “let it go” when they can’t seem to win

This point is similar to point 4. You will rarely see an organized person crying about something that they cannot control nor do anything about. Instead, they will just go with the flow and let go of things that they are not able to change instead of worrying about them constantly.

9. They don’t become prisoners of their routine

Organized people understand that their routine life has no authority over them. In fact, they know that their life can be as interesting and calm as they want it to be. For this reason, they will always make the relevant changes in their life to make sure that they remain the top most priority. They also do not let things get to their head.

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10. They think smart and plan things in advance

Organized people know how important it is to plan things for the future. They will keep in mind any upcoming priorities that need to be taken care of and all the things that they wish to accomplish. This helps them remain vigilant and make sure that everything is in order so that they can live a smooth life without having to do things last minute.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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