Getting organised?

I guess you have had a job interview at some point in your career. Typically, you would expose your experience before the interviewer, answer questions, and defend your knowledge and expertise. The purpose of the person interviewing you is to find out if you are what they need to achieve business goals. 

In reality, getting the job depends not only on your knowledge but also on your skills. Skills are abilities that you learn. The thing is that traditionally we focused on learning know-how because the approach to work was more transactional and functional. However, knowledge alone is not enough as the world gets more digital, intertwined and new, creative jobs soar. It would be best if you also had abilities to communicate, relate, socialise, interact, work in teams, solve problems… the list is endless. Nevertheless, one crucial skill often is not on that list: organisational skills. 

Organisational skills help you manage, prioritise, plan and execute everything you need to do. Of course, this is valid not only for employees, more so business owners, entrepreneurs, investors… Simply put, organisational skills make you more productive, efficient and focused.

Unfortunately, we overlook it because it comes with a steep learning curve. But in a world overloaded with misinformation, responsibilities, remote teams and distractions – getting organised is your only way to get thighs done and thrive. 

I hear pretty often: getting organised? Me? Impossible; it’s just too much!

All right! Now, think about this: nothing important happens without organisation.

  • No holiday
  • No movie making
  • No IG posting
  • No house purchase
  • No wedding
  • No football game
  • No start-up
  • No dating
  • No promotion
  • No retirement
  • No recognition

So, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to learn how to get organised?

Please, say “Yes”.

Then, I will feel that I am actually helping you achieve your goals. And, if so, here is my list of key things to do to get organised:

    1. Focus on your Goal and the actions you need to do to achieve it. There will always be distractions, difficulties, competition, threats and temptations. Every day when you start your working routine, remember your Goal. If you have an action plan outlined – review it and check your progress and next steps. If you don’t have a plan, write down 3 actions you can make that day to move closer to your Goal. Change Management for your personal growth
    2. Break down big challenges into small steps. Your actions don’t have to be huge; even small activities can help you build the habit of getting organised. So, if you face one big task and keep postponing as it seems like an enormous mountain to climb, build a staircase and take one step at a time. Don’t get fixated with “earning more money”, “turn my business around”, “travel the world”. Instead, plan for more specific and attainable things: 
      • Take (and finish) that one course that will give you the knowledge you need, 
      • Implement that critical application that will provide you with the data you need to make decisions, 
      • Start saving weekly and create a realistic roadmap of which countries you can visit first.
    3. Plan visually. Having an idea, a dream, an original speech in our heads is one thing – quite abstract and dangerously ambiguous. Having an outlined and detailed plan is an entirely different thing. It is specific and realistic. Turn your plans into a print and display them on your walls (not your desktop, schedule, or phone). Make sure you read, update and review them every day. Visual representations are a powerful way to get organised – they will help you and your team.
    4. Don’t cheat on yourself. Procrastination is about cheating. And the worst of it is that we cheat on ourselves. Now, how would you like somebody to cheat on you? I bet you don’t. So, could you not do it either? You are jeopardising your progress. Getting organised and setting goals will help you deal with procrastination. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill. It would be best to ignore all the propaganda on social media with tips that guarantee success. There is only one way to deal with procrastination: think about it as the “time thief” – you are stealing your own time and wasting it away. Like Olive Burkeman says in his book, we live about 4000 weeks. It’s our time, and we should be used, not waste it.Change Management for your business
    5. Get a “chaperone” – I admit this might sound like a bizarre and desperate remedy to get organised and get things done. But it is highly effective. The purpose of a chaperon was to accompany or supervise young people on social occasions and make sure they behaved. Whilst socially, it is quite an outdated concept, the principle works in business. It is a blend between mentor, sponsor, coach and supervisor. That person will follow up on you and help you get back on track when you get deviated or stuck.

Getting organised will help you achieve your goals efficiently, in a productive and, I dare to say, fast way. So, work on developing this skill. Then, you will be ahead of the curve.