When thinking about being creative or productive in our work, it's easy to think big-picture. We tend to go from the idea of our goals and head straight to the finish line without really considering the details of the process. But think again! The key to completing any task or creative endeavor is having the right tools. Having what you need to achieve your goals, keep you inspired, and help you enjoy the process is key.
In the words of author and philanthropist Steve Mariboli, "Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose." Tools are both the personal qualities within us and the literal things we use to help us complete our goals and manifest our dreams.
The more organized you are in any endeavor the more time you have to focus on the heart of what matters, leading you to more success. Being organized brings many benefits to your life as a whole. Here are just a few:
Reduced Stress - Running around trying to keep track of everything only adds to your stress and further disorganization. Having the tools you need to get organized in the first place stops the vicious cycle and gets you on track.
Increased Productivity - Because you won't be wasting time and energy, you will have more time to spend on the things that matter. Being organized clears the path to getting things done and keeps you from feeling like you're running around in circles.
More Motivation - Getting and staying organized unclutters more than just your home, office, desk, backpack, whatever. It clears your mind, too, helping you feel more focused, in control, and motivated to complete the tasks at hand.
More time - It's a simple equation. More organization means less wasted time. You'll work more quickly, more efficiently, and have more free time.
More Joy - You'll actually be free to enjoy your responsibilities, tasks, projects because you'll feel good about how efficiently you make progress. And feeling joy makes you that much more efficient and confident.
Whether you're learning something new, plugging away at a college degree, or working in a career you know inside and out, the more organized you are the more effective and happy you will be. That means you will enjoy more free time and probably even increase your earnings. All of those things combined mean you will feel more empowered in your work, studies, and play. It's the details of the journey that make the big picture rewarding. So give yourself every advantage and get organized in the new year. 2016 can be your most successful year yet. You just need the right office supplies and organizational tools.