A Disorganized Life Can Disturb Your Growth

‘Organize, don’t agonize.’-Nancy Pelosi

What is a disorganized life?

An unstructured life is like a maze which leads nothing but towards mental destruction and chaos. According to MayoClinic.com, when people are disorganized it causes them to feel more anxiety and stress. An unorganized life can simply be defined as a life in which you do not have any priorities. You do tasks when you find it feasible for you to do them and not when it is needed. You start procrastinating more and being less productive. You end up with clutter of important tasks that you could not do because of your unordered way of working.

How does it affect your life?

Not organizing your day can lead to unpleasantness as it affects health as well as overall productivity of a person. It does not only disturb your personal growth but can also severely harm your professionalism. How many nights have you gone to bed feeling like you had the most unproductive day, that you wasted all of your time, and that you are good for nothing? How many times were you frustrated because you did not know where to start? How often were you stuck with a pile of work because you kept postponing it? One of the reasons why we go through such times is because we do not have any idea what we are supposed to do and what we do each day.

‘Managing your time without setting priorities is like shooting randomly and calling whatever you hit the target.’ -Peter Turla

How to be more organized?

To avoid such hard times, making a habit of writing down your daily tasks and tracking them in the form of a To-Do list is an effective tool.

What is a To-Do List?

To-Do list is a list of all the tasks that you need to carry out based on their priority level. In it, you list everything that you have to do in a particular day, with the high priority tasks at the top of the list, and the least important tasks at the bottom.

How does it help?

A To-Do list makes it easier for you to keep your chores under a check and ensures you do not forget anything important. It does not only keep you motivated for the day but also make you feel productive and more goal-oriented. Ordering of tasks based on their priority makes you more focused and makes you manage time better. Here’s a list of advantages it contains:

  1. Helps with the ‘I do not know what to do’ phase
  2. Increases motivation and productivity
  3. Will push you to work and not procrastinate
  4. Tells you your daily progress
  5. Helps focus on goals and avoid distractions
  6. Increases reliability

‘Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying.’ -Tryon Edwards

How to make an effective To-Do List?

The Ivy Lee method for the creation of a To-Do list is one of the most simplest and effective methods.

How does it work?

The process is quite simple:

  1. At every night write down 6 tasks for the next day
  2. Prioritize them
  3. On the next morning start with the most important task
  4. Do not move to next task before finishing the previous one
  5. At the end of the day, if you are left with any task, merge it with the tasks for the next day
  6. Repeat this everyday

Why does it help?

Lee’s strategy does not only help you be more organized but it also enhances productivity. It is effective as:

  1. It shifts the focus towards important tasks first
  2. It makes you attentive towards one task at a time
  3. It reduces procrastination
  4. It gets work done
  5. It is simple to follow

Conclusion:

A To-Do list will allow you to take one step everyday towards your life goals and eventually reach them. Life will become more organized and planned.

‘Success does not come from what you do occasionally but what you do consistently.’ -Marie Forleo

Practicing this habit everyday and mastering it will eventually lead you to your aim in life as it will motivate you to work everyday for your goals. Therefore, start penning down your goals for each day and see how it changes your life and helps you achieve your dreams.

-written for Taghayyur.

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