Lack of organization hinders your ability to be successful. It’s stopping your ability to get where you want to get to. Here are some pointers to help alleviate that issue in your life:
- Find a place for everything to go.
You may need to first tidy up your place. Once that’s done, find a place where everything belongs and know where it’s supposed to go.
- Find a place where you can group similar things together.
This could be a drawer, a bin or a box, but once you know where certain things belong to, group them together. This way you will spend less time moving around to retrieve the things you need.
- Commit yourself to always returning things to where they came from.
In other words, avoid misplacing them in order to search for them again in the future.
- Fine-tune the system.
Find ways in which you can better group things together. Keep things used for specific projects nearby.
Applying the above pointers and adhering to them will take some time, but it will save you time in the long-run – time that may be better utilized for doing things you enjoy the most! It will also lessen the stress and anxiety caused when you search in a rush for things you need.
Hey, this is Anthony Trucks, former NFL player, speaker, author and founder of Trust Your Hustle. Organization is what I’m going to talk today about. Now, you don’t know yet, but organization is hindering your ability to be successful. It’s literally stopping your ability to get where you want to get to. In this video, I’m going to give you some pointers to help alleviate that issue in your life.
For me, organization actually has – odd as it may sound – saved my life. Well, actually organization almost hurt my life, but being past that, I’d like to think that I’ve done some things that saved my life. Now, it’s odd: I was, at one point, fixing my car. I was changing the breaks in the back side of my car. I was fixing the rear passenger side.
My garage was cluttered. I was looking for my usable, favorite jack. I couldn’t find it. It was too cluttered. I was in a rush. I was like: you know what? I’m going to use a stock jack – no big deal. I’d gone on and jacked my car up, and I picked the tire off, and I go the there, yanking and moving and trying to get this brake to come loose.
Now, what I didn’t realize it wasn’t very smart to do this and be doing any kind of movement on a stock jack, so I pushed the little handle a little bit in the wrench and the car fell right next to my head. I remember sitting underneath and having my head so close to the rotor that I could actually smell the metal, which means that three inches more forwards I would be dead.
A heavy car, so for me it was like just because I got lazy and I didn’t have the organization of my garage and I used the wrong jack, using the wrong jack almost led me to losing my life, as odd as it may sound. At that point, I realized how important organization is.
For you, it may not be as extreme. It could be something where you misplace maybe your keys and you get to a meeting late; you misplace a document. Maybe your organization makes it tough for you to find something. You get anxiety and all of these things of having lack of organization lead to a bad place, so I want to talk to you and give you a few pointers – just four of, on how you can apply some simple tips to your life to organize yourself.
The first one is: find a place for everything to go. It’s good once the place is clean – you could clean your place up, but find a place where everything belongs and then always have that there – know where it’s supposed to go.
Then, find a place where you can group things that are similar together. This could be a drawer. It could be a bin or a box, but once you know where certain things are, group them together. It makes it easier to not have to run around somewhere where you have a project to do that needs those groupings of things. Organize them.
Then, once you have them all organized, the next thing you need to do is look at this whole concept and say: where is it that I end up putting that back every single time? It’s good to have a place for something to go and have it all organized, but if you don’t put it back every time, it’s a waste.
Here’s where this may happen to you – it happens to me all the time: for some reason, I keep my fingernail clippers in my car for no apparent reason, but just because I put them there. Sometimes, I’ll take them out and I’ll go upstairs and I’ll clip my fingernails, and then I won’t put it back. When I need my fingernail clippers, I get annoyed as I’ve got to clip them and they’re not there.
It sounds like really random – I know, but it’s the truth, so every time I clip my fingernails, I will get up in the middle of the night, when I know I don’t want to. Think about it: in the middle of the night, do you want to go downstairs and back to your car? Usually not, but I know that the rule I’ve set for myself is: I must put things back where they belong. Then, they’re always there.
Not to mention, if you have a place for everything to go and you tell everybody in your household – maybe you have a wife or kids and you cannot seem to always find your tools or your phone’s always missing and your keys are always missing, to know that ‘hey, everybody, the keys go here; your shoes go here; your book bags go here’. Now, you will never wonder around trying to find something. You don’t have a loss of losing time or getting anxiety because you cannot find something when you’re in a rush. By setting that intention of knowing where things go, grouping them together and then always putting them back is huge.
I would think the most important one is: fine-tune the system. Find ways where you can group better things together. Find ways that you can always keep things close to where you use them, so you don’t have to travel up and down like I do. I have fixed the system, but I haven’t got around to it yet.
Start fine-tuning the system. Here is why: you’re probably thinking in your head: Anthony, it’s going to be too tough. It’s going to take you too much time. Yeah, it’s going to take you some time. It’s going to take you an investment of your time in your day to organize your life. It really will, but what’s going to happen is if you don’t do this; if you don’t stop and organize certain areas of your life and things that you have, and put them in the right places?
Well, what happens is you lose time later on in life. You’re investing that maybe hour to do that is, over the lifetime of yourself, going to add hours to your life, sometimes tenfold. That’s why I want to get you to a mindset of: adding that time to your life, what can that do for you?
Think about it: if you had an extra 10 hours a weeks or a month – whatever it may be, what could you do in those 10 hours? What could you create? How much fun could you have? Who could you spend time with in that extra time when you’re not running around trying to find something or wasting time because you cannot find the right tool to do something; or you’re late somewhere and, because you’re late, you’ve got to rush?
Where can this add a lack of stress and where can it add time to your life, to pursue something that really could make you so much happier. It’s the beauty of it that success is in the time you create for yourself. It’s the one thing you can never get back. You can do whatever you want, but you cannot get your time back. If you could gift yourself with time by organizing, it’s an amazing gift to give yourself.
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Thank you again for watching this video and, as always, remember you can trust your hustle, to live an unexpected life.