Developing effective organizational skills is as simple as following three steps, plus another one as a bonus. I know, I know, countless books have been written and courses have been run to teach an effective way to getting things done but from my point of view it all comes down to these three steps which I’m obviously going to tell you.
Organizational skill n. 1
Write down every thing you have to do tomorrow. Clearly you must allow a bit of time to relax, another bit for emergencies and another bit because following Murphy’s Law there is always the chance that something goes wrong or against predictions. You can add relax time to the list as if you relax in advance you never get tired.
Organizational skill n. 2
Give them a number according to their importance and put down a list from the most important to the last one. 1 for must do, 2 for very important, 3 for important and so on. Remember to allow time for emergencies and do not write a list longer then the one you take at the grocery store. You don’t want to become exhausted right?
Organizational skill n. 3
Follow the list and do everything you wrote down. In case you aren’t able to finish it write again that undone stuff for the next day always according to its importance and remember to add less things to do. For the average person from five to ten are more than enough as you need time to relax and stay with your family and friends.
I’m not joking at all. Following these three rules for organizational skills, rinsing and repeating, you’ll have all that you need for an effective time management while not following them you can forget your getting things done decision whatever book you read or course you follow. If you don’t agree leave a comment and we can kindly debate about it.
When you arrive at a point where you do everything you write down on the list every day and it remains time to relax and stay with your family and friends you’re a master of time management and can begin teaching organizational skills to others. But given that I give you these advices for free please don’t ask 500 bucks per hour for your knowledge.
The bonus step
If you want more free time, around the double of what you’re having now follow this simple advice: cut all your connectivity for one day, clearly if you’re not addicted to being connected 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Shut off your pc, your laptop, your netbook, your smartphone, your tablet, your cell phone and whatever else remains. I do it from time to time and days seem to have at least 30 hours instead of just 24 and you can easily double you rate of getting things done. Since I always advise to keep Sunday off every work if you cut also your connectivity you get a free day which seems longer than 24 hours. And now tell me this is not simply wonderful.
Organizational Skills Summary:
- Write down every thing you have to do tomorrow.
- Give them a number according to their importance and put down a list from the most important to the last one.
- Follow the list and do everything you wrote down beginning with the most important ones.
- Rinse and Repeat.
- Disconnect one day per week.
That’s it to develop effective organizational skills, now tell me what you think.