Friday

Self Persuasion Through Organization

If you're anything like me, you're a very busy person. Not only am I busy with regular things--teaching, family, health maintenance--I'm also in the midst of a moving, requiring an added list of what needs to be done. It's hard to believe how much has to be done in a day and because this is on my mind, I'm inspired to write more on the topic of organization as I believe it has helped keep me on even footing in a time of change.

I don't care much for chaos. If things need to get done but aren't getting done, it upsets me. I realize that with change there is often chaos, and so in an attempt to minimize that, I like to shape that chaos into something simple.

I'm sure you're busy as well. Maybe your tasks are high priority, requiring deadlines and follow ups that simply have to be met. Some of them are probably less important--getting the dry cleaning, getting a car wash, remembering Secretary's Day. One thing that I find invaluable in this high tech world is a pencil and paper and a very easy thing called a list. Yup. The ever faithful 'to do' list. I suppose it could be that I'm just very process oriented. I like a 1-2-3 way of doing things. As I've discussed before, the conscious mind can only hold seven plus or minus two pieces of information at any one time. When we transfer the information that we don't need immediately onto a piece of paper (or into our Blackberries, if you're so inclined), this frees up space to concentrate on the present.

I typed the words "to do list" into Google and was given a variety of resources for online listing. Remember when a pocket note book and pen were all we needed? I happen to prefer the old-fashioned handwritten list, but if you have a Blackberry, why not put it to use?

The site www.rememberthemilk.com seemed easy to use and had the added bonus of being completely free. This one works with the iPhone or online. Another free site is http://roughunderbelly.com. If you're someone who likes to be rewarded for doing your tasks, this is a nice one giving charts and graphs of how productive you are as you do what needs to be done.

I've also become reacquainted with a tool I used to use but which I lost track of. Ironically, it's a tool to keep you organized (helping you to remember) the things you need to do. It's called Thought Office and falls under the heading of brainstorming. It's a creative and organizational tool that I simply love and for which I have found various uses.

I believe that by clearing up internal clutter and organizing our thoughts and tasks, we have a firmer grasp of making the big steps, accomplishing big things.

So what does this all have to do with persuasion?

I've said this before and I'll say it again many times: Once we can persuade ourselves, whether it be something big like quitting smoking or losing weight, or something as small like dropping off that bag of clothes at Goodwill then we create an internal environment where we are saying what we do and doing what we say. In this, we are working with our other than conscious minds to achieve amazing results.

About the Author
Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of affluent clients using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.

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