How to stay organized.
I have always loved to organize. As a small child, I could not wait to organize my toys, organize my younger sister (sorry Chris😊), and it wasn’t long before my parents utilized my gift of organization in a wide variety of ways to include cleaning out the garage, or packing for an upcoming trip.
As I have gotten older, organizing has continued to become a high priority in my life. In fact, this past weekend while visiting the grandchildren, I loved hanging out with them as we organized their rooms, going through their old clothes determining what no longer fits, and getting the clothes they have organized in the proper location.
I am thankful for wonderful grandchildren who are willing to come along for the adventure. They were great sports about it and it was music to my ears when they each exclaimed how much fun they had.
I have discovered the Word of God has a lot to say about planning, being organized and staying determined. His Word reminds us in Ecclesiastes 5:3 (AMPC) that “A dream comes with much business and painful effort.”
Proverbs 24:3-4 (TLB) says that “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” Proverbs 21:5 (VOICE) reminds us that “A well-thought-out plan will work to your advantage, but hasty actions will cost you dearly.”
There is a lot of value to being organized, because having a plan is just not enough. You need to be determined and organized to stay the course and accomplish the goals you set out to achieve. Proverbs 13:16 (TLB) says “A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it!”
Staying organized takes time. I remembered two years ago the frustration I experienced trying to find invoices I failed to organize alphabetically. I decided it was easier to put them in one large folder. What a mistake that was. I spent more time looking for an invoice when one of our customers called to cancel attendance for an event that required a refund. The next year, I started off organizing the invoices in alphabetical order.
I was amazed by how much faster it was to provide the quality customer service not to mention the time I now saved from having to hunt down the invoice that took time away from other pressing projects.
Proverbs 21:5 (AMPC) “The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.” The best way to keep things organized is to implement small daily routines that help you achieve your desired outcome. My mother for example, would always do her laundry every Monday. I have followed suit and get a lot of my laundry started and complete on Monday.
Being organized not only can help relieve stress, but it provides you with the time to do something you enjoy doing. Proverbs 31:16 (AMPC) describes a prudent woman who can “expand prudently into new ventures while not neglecting her present duties and with her savings [of time and strength] she is able to take on more responsibilities.”
It is never too late for a new beginning, and a fresh start. Decide today to make whatever changes you need to make to embrace your God-given purpose and become the person you were meant to be. Blessings, Cindy