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How to Decrease Your Stress, Avoid Getting Organized and Get To Your Dreams"

Published on 8/7/2013
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How to Decrease Your Stress, Avoid Getting Organized and Get To Your Dreams"

Over the years I have heard plenty about the things you absolutely HAVE to do to get organized, be a great time manager, be successful and have low stress. Over those same years I have met very successful people who are not stressed that seem to violate every organizational and time management rule there is. If you really look into time management you will find it has not been studied much scientifically. You can find time and efficiency studies for groups of people and such, but when it comes down to how successful individuals manage time there is just a bunch of anecdotal evidence. That means for the most part there is really a bunch of "hoo ha" (please excuse my profanity) written about time management.

IT'S EASIER TO WRITE ABOUT GETTING ORGANIZED. 
Think about it from us time management "gurus" perspective. Are we supposed to write about the idiosyncratic time management habits of each successful person? You might be able to spot some trends, but then another successful person would come along and manage time differently. So when it comes to time management, it's just a lot easier to write about getting organized. First we tell you to put all your things in all the write places, then we tell you to put all your time in just the right places.

FOR THE MOST PART, HOWEVER, PEOPLE HATE GETTING ORGANIZED 
Even more than getting organized, they hate getting told to organize. Every once in a while they might take it to heart and work on getting organized for a few days, then toss it aside. There is a simple reason for this: 
GETTING ORGANIZED IS AS ABOUT AS MUCH FUN AS POKING YOURSELF IN THE EYE.
Well, maybe not that bad, but no fun nevertheless. You may have seen the poster that reads, "Hard Work Often Pays Off After Time, But Laziness Always Pays Off Now." We may laugh at that, but it's true. Avoiding getting organized pays off now; getting organized MAY pay off in the long run. That means time management/organizational gurus, for the most part, are fighting an uphill battle trying to help people organize. It's not entirely uphill, however, because some people have a natural "get organized" gene.

PEOPLE WITH THE "GET ORGANIZED" GENE LOVE GETTING MORE ORGANIZED 
These people buy all the latest time management books and gadgets and put them to use right away. You may know (and possible hate) these people. They have clean desks, organized files, and properly inflated tires at all times. I know lots of these people. They try to make "organizationally challenged" people feel bad for not being organized. They primarily do this by looking calm, cool, and collected. Let me tell you, most of them are as nervous as a cat at a rocking chair convention. So don't feel bad because...

MOST OF US HAVE THE "TO HECK WITH GETTING TOO ORGANIZED GENE." 
We organize ourselves well enough to get by, and then we get onto more important matters like "life." We pick up the occasional personal organizer or time management book and give it a try, then say to heck with it and get back to life. We just can't seem to get motivated to get much more organized. The bad news is that even the "To Heck With Getting Organized" crowd also gets nervous and stressed at times. They wish they could be less stressed. The equally stressed folks with the "Get Organized" genes then tell them to get more organized. This leads to failure because most people lack the "Get Organized" gene. This just leads to more stress for everyone. The good news is.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET MUCH MORE ORGANIZED TO HAVE LESS STRESS. 
All kidding about "genes" aside, you really don't have to get organized to feel less stressed. I have seen hundreds of people decrease their stress, and for most of them decreasing stress did not have much to do with getting more organized. Decreasing stress did involve changing what they did, but they were able to change because they WANTED to. This brings me to my main point...

THE ROAD TO LESS STRESS IS PAVED WITH WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO.
Think about it. If you are doing what you really want to do, are you stressed? Maybe a bit, but not much. How about if you are working toward getting to do exactly what you want to do? Most people find doing those things leads to less stress too. So the trick is figuring out what you really want to do with your life, then figuring out what you need to do to get there. If your dream is to become better organized and manage your time better, go for it and feel less stressed. Experience has taught me that this is not what most people really dream of doing. So what are you to do?

STOP WORRYING ABOUT GETTING ORGANIZED AND GO FOR YOUR DREAMS! 
Why spend time working on your dreams? Because it's easier to get motivated to do things that are getting you to your dreams. Doing new, unfamiliar things (like getting organized) takes motivation. Getting organized, for most people, is not very motivating. Getting to a dream you really want to achieve can be very motivating. That's why you want to give up trying to get organized and/or manage your time better and go for your dreams instead. It just may happen that getting to your dream requires that you get a bit more organized. If that's the case you will get more organized so you can get to your dream. For that matter you will be motivated to do most anything to get to your dream. So what are you waiting for?

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