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How Can I Stay Organized When I Have Too Much on My Plate? Here’s How:

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Being overwhelmed when faced with a seemingly endless to-do list is all too familiar to most of us. The fast pace of life and the overall lack of time takes a toll on our wellbeing, making us stressed and anxious too often. However, there are ways to cope with this situation. And one of the most important ways is organization. Admittedly, it may sound like a cliche, but it really is true. Therefore, if you are interested to learn how to stay organized when you have too much on your plate, you are in the right place.

Here are 5 simple steps to staying organized no matter what:

1. Make a to-do list

I know we have mentioned endless to-do lists, but the most significant issue many people have is that they don’t write down everything they need to do in a day, week, or even month. By putting all the tasks on a piece of paper, it will make it seem more manageable. When you keep repeating all your obligations in your head, you quickly get inundated. But once you see them neatly written down, the feeling will go away. 

Not to mention the satisfaction that you will instantly feel after you cross some points off the list. It will also boost your motivation to keep going. And another thing, write everything down, even eating. Also, if possible, try to predict how much time each task requires. In the end, you will reduce the amount of empty, wasted time to a minimum.

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

2. Smaller chunks are less intimidating

If you have a massive project ahead of you or something big you need to accomplish, rather than putting that one point on the list, break it into smaller bits. List all the steps you will have to take to finish that project. It will make the whole thing less daunting and more manageable. It will also serve as a sort of a plan on how to go about that huge thing you need to do. So, in the end, it will also help you keep track of what you have done and what the next step is. You will easily monitor your progress, which will make the end result seem more tangible. 

3. Set deadlines

If there is no external authority that sets deadlines for you to meet, it’s advisable to set them yourself. It’s easy to get into the trap of postponing your obligations and then finding yourself in an even greater mess. Procrastination is one of the most vicious enemies of organizing. To beat it, you will have to arm yourself with quite a lot of discipline. But if you persevere, it will get easier and become a good habit. Also, it may be a good idea to set reminders in your calendar. Several alerts that will go off periodically as you approach each deadline will ensure you don’t forget anything.

4. Prioritizing is the key

Prioritizing is probably the hardest thing for everyone to learn how to do. However, it is necessary to determine what is a must and what can wait. The smart idea is to create a table and organize all your obligations into four categories:

  1. Important and urgent
  2. Important but not urgent
  3. Not important and not urgent
  4. Not important but urgent.

So, naturally, the first tasks you should do will be the urgent and important ones, the short-term tasks. Long-term tasks, i.e., the not urgent ones, you can leave for later. Finally, if you have that option, delegate the urgent but not important tasks.

5. Take care of yourself

You might think this has nothing to do with staying organized when you have too much on your plate, but you would be mistaken. It’s vital to take some rest and allow your brain to reset and function properly. If you are exhausted, haven’t had enough sleep, eaten well, aren’t hydrated, or haven’t done any physical activity for an extended period of time, you will have difficulty remembering things and focusing.

Therefore, if you start feeling overwhelmed, take a break. Do something you enjoy. Even simple activities like going for a walk or listening to some music can do the trick. After you have devoted a bit of time to yourself only, you will have more energy, and things will not look so bleak. 

“A good system shortens the road to the goal.” – Orison Swett Marden

One of the reasons why it’s essential to stay organized when you have too much on your plate is that it will help you protect your sanity. When the list of things to do keeps piling up, and you have found yourself buried in work, you will first start feeling inundated. It can lead to the inability to sleep, waking up frequently, recollecting your tomorrow’s schedule, and stressing out about it. The lack of sleep will consequently make you feel too tired to be productive. And, thus, begins the vicious circle. 

Ultimately, you will end up so stressed that you will start struggling to balance other aspects of your life. Your relationships and social life will suffer the hardest blow. Finally, under so much pressure and suffering from extreme exhaustion, the quantity of the work you do will take precedence over the quality. But, if you step up your organizing game, you will quickly get back on the right track to success. 

Laura Simmons is a consultant at Big Heart Moving and a freelance blogger. Because handling two jobs requires her to deal with some logistics and implies having good time management skills, she has become something of an expert in organizing. For that reason, she likes to share her advice on staying organized and managing time effectively. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym and jogging with her rescue pup, Lola. 

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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