How To Overcome Chaos

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“Organize” is a very clean word with a lot of chaos behind.

The Oxford dictionary defines it in several ways:

1) Arrange systematically; order. 1.1) Coordinate the activities of (a person or group) efficiently. 1.2) Form (a number of people) into a trade union or other political group.

2) Make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity). 2.1) Take responsibility for providing or arranging. 3) Arrange or form into a living being or tissue.

Did the Joker mean organized when he spoke to Two-face Harvey about being a schemer?

Nobody really knows what the Joker meant anyway, but you know there are different kinds of people in this world. Those who have a clean and tidy room, and those who have a mess. Of course cleanness and tidiness don’t mean always organized, but as a general rule, if your room is clean and tidy, hell yeah, it pretty much means you are an organized person or a positive schemer, as the Joker would put it.

But no matter if you are a planner or a wanderer, everyone has gotten stabbed by the everlasting chaos once in a while. It’s everywhere.

Balancing a job, workouts, bills, and a social life isn’t an easy task for anyone. Sometimes your life begins accumulating clutter and you feel the mess is getting bigger as a prepubescent kid. We got your back, though. The following tips are especially written for you, to control the chaos that reigns in your mental backyard –once and for all. “Fellow organized people of the world, I’m coming.”

Plan And Make To-do Lists

“Planning your day the night before helps you hit the ground running rather than take precious time and figure out where to start.”

–Sara Caputo, MA, productivity coach, consultant and trainer at Radiant Organizing.

Have a plan is always a good idea when starting a new project or a new day. You don’t need to know every detail, but the more specific your plan is, the more success you will have. The problem with planning too much is that maybe you make incredibly difficult to handle to-do lists, and then you fail badly, so the feeling afterwards is way worse because you look at the list and you think in all the things you haven’t achieved and you feel yourself like a big walking failure.

But every failure is good for learning, so considering how bad you did in your previous to-do lists, try this time to make them a little more plausible: give you some flexibility and make sure you don’t write down too many tasks to handle. Remember:

“Bit by bit, putting it together…

Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art.

Every moment makes a contribution,

Every little detail plays a part.

Having just the vision’s no solution,

Everything depends on execution,

Putting it together, that’s what counts.”

­–Stephen Sondheim, “Sunday in the Park With George”

Establish A Morning Routine And An Evening Ritual

Darren Hardy, editor-in-chief of Success Magazine and author of “The Compound Effect” argues that a person’s morning and evening routines are the “bookends” of a successful life.

It doesn’t matter which are your main goals –writing a novel, finishing a triathlon, traveling to every continent, etc. You must start and finish your day focused on your bigger goals. Get inspired with your first and last awake breaths of the day, and don’t let the all-over-the-place internet distract you. Try the app Freedom, one of the best digital distractions lockers and take control of your life.

The most important thing is that the morning routine and the evening ritual will keep you grounded and sane. You know how crazy things get during the day, so it’s really a pleasure to know what exactly will happen at the beginning and at the end of your day. You have at least the power to control that, so use those peaceful and quiet moments with yourself and your inner goals to re-calibrate your psyche and be a more effective person.

Get Important Things Done First

This is quite simple. Wiser men than you and me already said it.

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

­–Benjamin Franklin

Or take this writer’s routine as an inspiration for your work:

“When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.”

–Ernest Hemingway

You’ve read it. Important things first, please. Thank knote.com later.

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