I Have A Confession To MakeI have a confession to make. I love shiny new objects. When it comes to organization, their is a real temptation to spend the majority of time looking for new tools to streamline work rather than working. The lesson here is that being organized is not the goal. The time wasted in learning system upon system is a practical result of viewing organization as an end rather than a means. If you have a system that works for you, then great. Don’t change it!
The suggestions here are for those who feel as if their current system is not keeping up with current obligations and desires. If the management of life is causing stress, then it is time to reevaluate the methods used. What’s that saying again? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Yes, that’s it. If, over the past year or two, significant progress has not been made in the most important areas of life, then it’s time to reevaluate. After all, you want to move forward, don’t you? I’m confident you do!
Two Words That Can SaveTwo words sum up the well organized life: triggers and focus. Research has shown that the human brain can only maintain four to eight “things” in active memory at once. To make matters worse, the average home contains 300,000 items. We would be fooling ourselves to think the myriad of material possessions do not make claim to our lives, both in mental and physical energy. The modern man or woman requires a simple yet robust system to externalize all necessary triggers, reminding us of actions needing our attention. Moreover, getting things done is not the goal of a life lived in the real. Real living necessitates a system that offers laser-like focus. If I have checked off a dozen things off my list, but have not done anything meaningful, the day is all but wasted. In the end, a system is needed that provides exceptional focus while triggering less important responsibilities at the proper time. This way focus comes with ease, relying on the system to work for the person rather than the person becoming a slave to the system.
Triggering Your Life BackOver the next four weeks we are going to look at the four main areas of responsibilities through the lens of triggers: Triggering Timeliness (events), Triggering Focus (actions), Triggering Thoughtfulness (resources), and Triggering Responsibility (email management). Each post will offer techniques that will not only save exceptional time, but will help achieve extraordinary focus. Above all, though, these posts will simplify life by placing you back in the driver seat of life.
Join me next week as we discuss triggering timeliness; the art of being present to yourself and others through time commitments. This post is too important to miss! Why? Because I’m going to share with you the most critically important habit that could quite literally give you your life back. See you next Wednesday, and sign up below to ensure you receive this post.