If you feel an acute need to improve on your structure, you might also feel that it is hard to know where to begin.
Perhaps you want to structure and organize so many different areas and aspects in your work that you do not know where to start. Or perhaps the sheer amount of structure needed can appear so overwhelming and daunting that you feel discouraged and consider putting your ambitions to become more structured aside.
It would be a shame if you did.
Small is not as small as you think
Even if you only make one small change or alteration in terms of your structure at work, the effects can be quite significant since it concerns how you work every day, all the time, all year round.
I would like to suggest three possible venture-points for you who have no idea where to begin.
You could for instance:
- Save e‑mails somewhere else than in your inbox (or wherever you look for new e‑mails, if you redirect incoming e‑mails to a particular folder), since this will give you an empty inbox from time to time.
- Gather all your to-do-tasks in a single digital list, since this will provide you with an overview of all your tasks and commitments, and you will quickly be able to choose which tasks you want to see and which you want to hide at the moment.
- Make it clear to yourself on a daily basis which goals you are responsible for attaining in the next year, since this will provide you with the opportunity to truly prioritize consciously. You will say ”no” or ”yes, but later” to tasks which are not important (meaning, those which do not contribute to the realization of your ambitions and goals) and you will get more time for what really matters to you.
- Or, begin by taking step 1 in my 31-step structure-improvement program which you will find in my book “Super Structured: How to overcome chaos and win back time”.
Where did you start?
When you began refining your structure, even if this was a while back, where and with what did you start? Write to me!