Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time – Ben Franklin
Centuries have passed since Benjamin Franklin created his treatise on how to live a virtuous life. He stressed the value of cultivating order (the third virtue) to allow him to accomplish more in his daily life. Franklin understood that to get the important things done in life, he had to make sure the little things wouldn’t get in the way.
Our lives today are considerably busier, with more distractions than Franklin could possibly imagine. Order is more crucial than at any time in our history. We desperately seek ways to get more done in the same 24 hours, while at the same time trying to find a sense of balance and calm. A vast amount of advice is available at our fingertips, books, blogs, and experts on how to be more productive, yet despite the information out there, we still have difficulty finding that elusive quality of order in our lives. Why?
Portrait of typical order reformer:
Woman/man decides they’re going to get their life in order once and for all. They resolve to make their bed every morning, tidy the house, clean all their piles organize their calendar, clean out their inbox, set up an efficient organization system. That lasts a few days, maybe a week, and then they fall off the wagon, wondering what went wrong. Sound familiar.
Every time you attempt to organize your life or change your behavior in any way, you’re fighting against our natural instinct to cling to choose the path of least resistance, which generally means, reverting to known behaviors. It doesn’t matter that they weren’t working, what matters is that they are comfortable and familiar.
Herein lies the stumbling block that most run up against. You have to make order the path of least resistance! How do you do that? By having a place for everything and clear focus on, doing what’s in front of you, doing what’s next and doing what’s important.
Want more help? Next, post I’ll share my ridiculously simple secret for maintaining order. Stay tuned…