You will never move anywhere at the speed you want to unless you are organized. Without organization, you will end up missing appointments, missing billing cycles, failing to have what you need when you need it, and sliding backward when you think you are running forwards.

To organize, you must slow down. It seems illogical, and yet the faster you go, the more of a tendency you have to run in the wrong directions. You need to slow down to organize everything so that you know where something is when you need it and understand how to use it so that you’re not using the right tool on the wrong project.

Of course, there is a secret for requiring an organization. When you lack organization, you are moving three times as fast because you’ll be covering the same ground multiple times, trying to make up for your mistakes. When you become organized, you only have to cover the ground once and your job there is done. And in doing so, you get to go three times as far at the same time as you were spending before. You will have more done and be further ahead.

Being organized can be as small as ensuring dates, times, and email addresses, and it could be as large as planning your next five years. Only one person controls you, you. Everyone else is merely borrowing your talents. Everybody likes to get something for as close to free as possible, and if you’re giving your skills away for free, people shall love you and continue to use you. Please remember, you work to live, Not merely live to work.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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