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Four Ways To Get Organized

Update Date: Sep 11, 2014 03:22 PM EDT

People who are really busy, for them work/life balance is a challenge. However, not same is the case with everyone. Some people are known to be really calm, cool and "in the moment" although they have sharper deadlines. How do they manage that? 

Here we list down four things that can help getting things done. 

Keep your brain empty

"Shift the burden of organizing from our brains to the external world... Writing them down gets them out of your head, clearing your brain of the clutter that is interfering with being able to focus on what you want to focus on," says the book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. 

Once you have noted all your priorities, divide it up into following 4 categories and perform them accordingly. 

Do it

Delegate it

Defer it 

Drop it

2. Use alarms 

The irony is, phones disturb us from unwanted calls and messages but rarely update us about our priorities. Schedule your days (months?) with the help of alarms, so that you don't have to remember everything.

3. Set up filters

Focus on things that matter. Avoid getting trapped under 'information overload' and for that it is important you set your own filters. 

"Today, our attentional filters easily become overwhelmed. Successful people- or people who can afford it- employ layers of people whose job it is to narrow the attentional filter. That is, corporate heads, political leaders, spoiled movie stars, and others whose time and attention are especially valuable have a staff of people around them who are effectively extensions of their own brains, replicating and refining the functions of the prefrontal cortex's attentional filter," quotes the book 'The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload'.

4. Be adaptive

In case there has been a change in your schedule, adapt it quickly while maintaining your calm. New things will keep coming in and priorities changing, but it is vital that you process those changes and adapt likewise. 

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