Is the way you are doing things right now working to your satisfaction? At the end of the day, are you pleased with what you accomplished in that time? Was the time you spent earning money to buy things well spent? Many people associate wealth with money. They feel that to be happy, they need a lot of money. If time were money, would you feel that you are a wealthy person?
Money is earned in exchange for physical labor, trading expertise or knowledge, etc. You trade money for things that you need or want. Many people spend most of their lives working so they can buy more things. If you trade money for new furniture, but are always at work with no time to enjoy it, was that a good trade? Or, if you are robbed of those things, you have nothing to show for the time you spent working for those things. That time is gone forever.
Therefore, clearly, MONEY is not the only solution to wealth in your life. It may help, but it is not most important. Ask anyone who lived through the Great Depression or was raised by parents whose formative years were during that period. They will tell you that the best times of their lives were as a result of the Great Depression.
If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, maybe you need to change your methods.
The Best Things in Life Are Not Things
Why am I talking about money in my Get Organized Now section? My idea of having wealth is being happy and content with what I have now. Don’t get me wrong. I do have a wish list. However, that wish list does not drive me or what I do. If I happen to have extra money for any reason, I pull out my wish list and work from that list.
You can easily make changes to the methods that you currently use. Read the article below: FISH! No – I have not lost it. The article illustrates how making one simple revision can make a ginormous difference in your day-to-day life.
Stephen C. Lundin detailed how fishmongers changed a typical shopping trip into an exciting shopping experience for their customers. His book FISH! details how, by changing the way they sold their fish without spending one single penny. Before they made a change, their customers walked up to the counter and asked for the fish they wanted. An employee handed the customers the fish, the customers paid, and then left. When sales been to decline, they looked at how things were being done and made one single change.
They began whooping and hollering and tossing fish back and forth between employees, and in some cases, to customers! Everyone laughed and clapped. That caused passersby to stop and find out what all the ruckus was about. That single change caused their customer base to expand exponentially. They went from one customer at a time visiting their stand to lines of customers, all having a great time. Even those people who were not buying fish were laughing and having a good time. You can bet that they told their friends and co-workers about that fish stand.
The change they made was simply by thinking outside of the box and then changing their process.
Think Outside of the Box
I was taught to think outside the box by a very successful artist, Betty Collins. I loved the uniqueness of Betty’s paintings. I owned a wedding photography company and asked for Betty’s help so my photos could become different from other photographers. Her very first lesson was to “Be Quiet”. That lesson did, and still does, provide a 100% success rate. When I understood the concept, I discovered unique ways to get stuff done. Not only for photography but also other areas of my life. See Think Outside the Box Entrepreneur and How to Outsmart Peer Pressure.
If you are not satisfied with the number of things you are accomplishing in the allotted time, consider different options. The most important organizational tip to include in your organizational tool box is Time Management. Before I get into that, I want to share an article from Acupuncture, titled Making Time Count.
When time is gone, it is gone forever; be mindful of time. Enjoy your time on this earth, and make it as wonderful as you possibly can. Spend some time alone in silence; hopefully in a natural environment.
Keep household clutter under daily control in order to maximize free time. Do a few chores every day, so that your free time will be freer for fun. Prioritize; do the most difficult things first and get them over with.
Pre-organize and pre-plan large-scale projects like garage cleaning. Large projects may need to be broken down into several smaller, achievable stages. Plan a reward for yourself after completing a particularly daunting project.
Say no to time-consuming, free time activities that are not important to you. Consider all the possibilities and then pick just one or two fun choices. Include people who are important to you in your favorite pastimes.
Allow yourself to make mistakes; worrying is a waste of precious time.
Get off that proverbial gerbil wheel running and running and yet getting nowhere. Spend as much time as you can on things that actually make you happy. In other words, how you spend your 365¼ days each year is what really matters. It’s the Journey that is really important.
THE single most valuable thing you have is your time. You can spend more time earning money to buy things. But will you have lots of wealth?
What Is Most Important?
Building memories has always been critical to me. My home was robbed years ago (1979) and many of my possessions were stolen and never found. Yet, not one single memory that I had was stolen from me. In fact, some memories that I have today from all those years ago, still make me happy. For example, I still have the jar that my son gave to me. He was too young to understand why I was more upset about a jar of coins that was stolen than anything else. At the time, my son was 5½ years old.
The hours spent on any task are hours that are gone forever. You will never get those hours back again in your lifetime. You will only pass this way once. Nothing you can do will increase the number of hours in a day. That is why Time Management is so important. When you incorporate Time Management techniques into your life, you can make the most of those 24 hours in every day. If you choose to spend those hours doing something that you enjoy, then your time is well spent. Have you ever spent a lot of time looking for something that you knew you had? How many times have you needed something, could not find it, and had to buy another one? And, only to found the one you were looking for under a pile of stuff long after you needed it? Time Management and Organizational Skills work hand-in-hand.
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