There are a lot of different factors that come into play when it comes to being successful. Today, let’s focus on two of them (being organised and being on time) that can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. Think back on some of the most successful people you’ve met in your own life. The chances are they were good at both of these – organised and on time. There’s a reason why both of these factors will make such a big difference when it comes to being successful.
Both being on time and organised can help you make the best possible use of your time and energy. When referring to energy, it includes both mental and physical energy. We have a limited supply of both along with being restricted to 24 hours on a given day. In other words, both time and energy are limited resources. What being on time and staying organised helps with is making the most of those resources and focusing them on tasks and activities that help us reach the goals that define success.
There are two different ways in which being both on time and organised will help you succeed. Let’s look at both of them and then briefly discuss how to get better at them.
Being on Time and Being Organised Saves You Time
How much time have you wasted this week looking for a misplaced item or file? How about your car keys? How much time have you wasted because you didn’t show up on time for an appointment and ended up having to wait? Making an effort to be on time and staying organised helps you save precious time and energy. Being on time is all about time management and awareness. Work will always stretch out into however much time you give it. Becoming more aware and better at time management will help you work more efficiently. The same is true for being well organised.
Being Organised and On Time Helps You Look Professional
Showing up late for an appointment or interview makes you look bad. So, does not being prepared or having to dig around for a few minutes to find something needed. That is particularly true when it comes to first impressions. Work on getting better at both, so you get the chances you deserve, and people see you as the respected person or expert in your field that you are.
How to Get Better at Both
You now know why it’s important to work on getting organised and being on time. So, let’s look at how we can improve both those skills. What it comes down to is getting into the habit of being conscious of time and staying on top of organisational tasks. Yes, if you’re exceptionally disorganised, it will take some up-front work to clear things up. Once completed though, you have to make an effort day in and day out to put things back in their place and stay organised. That is true for physical items, digital items, and even thoughts and ideas. The short answer then is to practice both being on time and staying organised on a daily basis until they become habits.