A Plan For Success

By verri organized

Date: February 2, 2011

A Plan for Success

Being well is something about which I am very passionate. As I go through this journey of self-discovery, hone in on different ways to help others, I am realizing that the term wellness is such a great word to describe what a truly organized life is all about. The two forces combined pack a powerful punch. Being organized is a huge part of what it means to reach overall wellness in life.
When I think about wellness as it relates to being organized I think about planning ahead and being prepared and nothing helps me do this better than my list.  Do you keep a list? Do you put everything you need to get done on your list? Do you prioritize it? Are you faithful to it?
You've read what I've written (I hope) and you have heeded my advice (you can always start now!) that a list is the best way for you to lighten your mental load.  A mind that is clear from the clutter of all that needs to be done is better equipped to then make the plan to do all that needs to be done. It is said that you can increase your productivity by 25-50% on the first day you begin a list and go through it step-by-step.
I put everything I determine to be important on my list so I can see what need to be done. It's my brain's best friend and my partner in crime because by putting my plan on paper I am better able to manage all that needs to be done in my day, week, and month ahead. And that, frankly, feels good.
Lightening the mental load is only half of it. Doing the list, going through it step-by-step is the other half. Prioritizing the list, and sticking to it, will make you successful in anything you do. Write down what you need to do and begin the work by looking at it daily and going through it, noting what tasks are more important than the rest.  Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker and trainer, suggests that you apply the 80-20 rule to your list.  Identify the 20% of the goals and tasks on your list that are more valuable than the others - and make them a priority. They might be things that aren't necessarily quick and easy to do, they might scare you, they might involve more of your time.  And there is a reason you deem them important. If you ignore them or push them aside, they will grow, they will weigh more and will cause you more stress and frustration than expected.
The most successful people manage time well and to do this they use a list. There is a rule that every minute you spend planning - even planning your day - saves you 10 minutes in getting the results you want.  Decide now is the time to better manage your life, have more control, feel well. It's not hard to do; all you need is a pencil and paper.

be well,

Francesca Verri Gove, a professional organizer and coach, created verri organized in 2002 with the goal of helping people feel better about their job, their home, and their life through organization -- both mental and physical. 

Francesca has a knack for making order out of chaos, and a passion for creating workable systems to improve efficiency.  She sees a great need for her talent and services among mothers, businesses, home owners and children.

A former assistant dean for administration at a college outside of Boston, Francesca has spoken to mothers, college students and businesses on how to get and stay organized, and has coached professors, professionals, home owners and children on how to experience life in a lighter way by getting verri organized.

Francesca believes life should be "light", and in order to experience it in that way, we need to look at what we "have", assess our "systems", and believe in our own ability to become and stay verri organized.

For more information about verri organized and the services it provides, please visit www.verriorganized.com, or call 978-337-3614.

"Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in. Forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day.  You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old mistakes and nonsense."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson