“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” ~ Mark Twain.
Sounds extremely unappetizing, even if it is a tongue in cheek quote. But, I guess it’s all about keeping a spring in your step, disregarding the warts, and getting a jump on the day! Okay, enough of the frog humor.
Have you ever wondered why some people just naturally seem to have it all together so “effortlessly and seamlessly” while others are well…a little less polished?
With all the everyday to-do’s, it is overwhelming (at best)… i.e. work, kids, school, pets, relationships, lawn, garden, house and car repairs, etc… to keep organized. As we move onward and upward in life and career, the responsibilities grow. Even after the frog, that’s a lot on our plates. Tending to our own needs can often come in second or even as an afterthought completely.
Ten’s of million of people skip breakfast in the morning simply trying to keep up. At an 8am business meeting, one associate is on their 3rd Starbucks while, across the conference room table, a colleague frantically hunts for notes while tucking in a shirt and fixing fly-away hair. Being organized for some people seems to come easily, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Experts agree that taking the time for ourselves paves the way for a less stressful day and a more functional week. If you want to become more organized the best place to start is with YOU.
It may sound dubious, but managing your own time, health and lifestyle promotes actual productivity across all areas of your life. When you are well-rested, eating a healthy diet and planning your days, the effect can be astounding. Internally, you are creating calm, pride and confidence. Externally, these changes will show and others will take notice.
So, how do you do it? Folks at Apartment Therapy offer some great morning practices for getting started. Bed-making, list-making, and simply drinking more water are all part of their
advice. There is great personal satisfaction that comes from crossing something off your “to do” list – it’s priceless! And the peace of mind you feel when coming home to a tidy house is golden. With a little bit of planning and organization, you can have this too.
Manage your personal time and, as they like to say in the south, “git ‘er done”. Take on the toughest task (or the ugliest frog) and it’s all downhill from there.