21 Success Habits of Highly Organized People

Highly organized people enjoy something many of us endlessly strive for: success.

How do they do it?

There is one major difference that is apparent. Organized people are extremely attuned to their thoughts. What you do and the habits you have are directly proportionate to whom you believe you are.

Highly organized people have the mental strength to create solid, motivating core beliefs. From that, comes identity-based habits. The major advantage to identity-based habits is that they’re based upon who you believe you are.

When you believe you’re successful, you make successful decisions.

It’s something subtle, yet powerful where organized people can alter the focus of wanting to do something into actually taking steps to do it. It all begins and ends, with inner core beliefs that match their idea of who they are.

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Your ‘True Colors’

Identity-based habits are more successful in the long term because unlike goal-based habits, they originate from within. You begin to establish success habits from the inside out.

In other words, your core beliefs that play like tapes in your head, are all based upon the person you actually want to be. You then back those affirmations up with small daily actions (habits) that help you to become that person.

Below are 21 success habits of organized people. It’s not enough to tell yourself you’re an organized person. With each of these habits, form an individual core belief for every single one of them. Examples of a good core belief for each are given.

Start with this: I am an organized person.

Below are the success habits that you take in order to back this statement up.

Or if you’d like a “cliff notes” version of these success habits, here is a SlideShare version… Super Hero style (And if you enjoy it, please share over social media):

21 Habits of Highly Organized People (or What Super Heroes Can Teach You About Success) from Steve Scott

Habit #1: Write everything down

There really is such a thing as ‘head space.’

When you’re in the middle of something and an article idea, marketing ideas, ‘to do’ tasks, grocery list etc. pops into your head, write it down.

The act of writing down tasks clears your mind so that you can remain creative. This is an extension of just simply maintaining a calendar. This is a ‘catch all’ for all of the light bulbs that come on in a normal workday.

Belief: I write every idea or thought that comes to mind so I can keep my mind clear.

Habit #2: Financial Awareness

Part of remaining organized includes knowing exactly where money is spent. Develop a system for tracking profit and loss and returns on investment. If you don’t know where to start, simply start with a spreadsheet.

You can easily develop this success habit simultaneously with #1 because you should be writing everything down anyway. Knowing where all of your money goes not only shows your profit and loss quickly, but it enables you to identify where you can cut back in the case of an emergency or unexpected expense.

Want to do more to improve your finances? Check out some: better money habits.

Belief: I track where my money goes. I know exactly what I’ve spent and where.

Habit #3: De-clutter Your Work & Living Space

The more your work and living space are de-cluttered, the clearer your mind is. For example, how many times have you been in the middle of writing an article, you see your empty coffee cup and all of a sudden it triggers you that you need to put coffee on the grocery list? Then you start mentally making that list in your head when you’re supposed to be writing the first draft of that article or that chapter? A de-cluttered work/living space produces a de-cluttered mind.

Belief: A de-cluttered space equals a de-cluttered mind.

8 Steps to Form the Declutter Habit

Habit #4: Everything In Its Place

Looking for a misplaced item exudes time, stress and energy. Have a designated place for everything so that when you need it, you know exactly where it is.

Belief: A place for everything and everything in its place.

Habit #5: The 15 Minute Pick-Up

This is the back-up plan for Habit #4. If the day has been chaotic and you didn’t put a few things away, establish a designated time for strictly picking things up and putting them in their designated places. This is an absolute must for children. You can even make it fun by seeing who can pick up and put away the most items in a given amount of time.

Belief: I spend a few minutes picking everything up so I know where to find it when I need it.

Habit #6: Multitask Mind

For times when you have to run errands or even just leave the room for something, double up and do several things in one trip. If you need to go pay a bill, go pay it and stop at the store on the way back to pick up the gallon of milk you need. When you get up to use the restroom, check the room. Is there anything that needs to be put away? Take it with you.

Belief: I always multitask whenever I can.

Habit #7: Pending Place

There are always things that come up but you don’t have the time or ability to deal with on the spot. Designate a specific place for these things. Use a file, a box, a shelf or whatever works but keep it in the same place so it doesn’t distract you from the task at hand or waste time looking for it when you’re ready to deal with it. This is something you need for both work and for home.

Belief: I have a special place to put things I don’t have time to deal with right now.

Habit #8: Two Things

To avoid out of control situations, pick two things every day to get rid of, or eliminate. If you have an empty box sitting in the corner, break it down and throw it in the recyclables. If you’re trying to cut down on soda, have half the amount you usually have. Regardless of what it is, cut out, eliminate, toss…2 things daily.

Belief: I always look for things to get rid of everyday so they don’t pile up.

Habit #9: Plans of Actions

POAs (plans of action) systems, manuals, step by step directions for as many processes/duties as possible

You need a plan or a system for everything. It goes back to success habit #1 (writing everything down).

By creating systems, manuals, plans of action and step by step processes for as many aspects of your work as possible, it enables you to easily repeat processes. This frees up your brain which in turn deters stress and promotes creativity.

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