5 Simple Strategies For Being Organized

Mind, Body, Spirit, Money, Plus the Big Box, HQ
Mind, Body, Spirit, Money, Plus the Big Box, HQ

Being organized requires a five simple strategies:

  1. Know your priorities
  2. Learn to say no
  3. Develop your talent(s)
  4. Let others do the rest
  5. Live a balanced life

What is so discouraging for most people?

They get stuck with number one, and never become effective at 2 – 5.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I say that most people don’t even consider #2. Maybe they think saying “no” is a sign of weakness. I believe it’s a sign of strength, knowing that whatever they are saying no to doesn’t fit into their priorities

    Great list. Printing and putting up at home and work.

  2. David, you’re right, it takes guts to say no.

    But when there is a burning yes inside, no becomes easier.

    Saying no to chocolate cake. Saying no to a church volunteer opportunity. Saying no to staying up late to watch TV…..

    Saying yes to making a difference. Saying yes to prayer. Saying yes to going for a walk…

  3. Interesting that you would bring up church volunteer opportunity. I had to say no a few months ago to just an opportunity and I don’t think the person asking was ready for that response. I felt compelled to explain why and after hearing me, they agreed. But I have wondered what they would have thought if I didn’t offer an explanation.

    We say yes because we are afraid. Afraid we will disappoint, afraid we will lose our job, afraid we will be viewed as selfish.

  4. Congrats on demonstrating courage, and empathy.

    Haven’t blogged about this yet, but I have taken a sabbatical from teaching Catechism this year. It tears my heart in two, but I had to let go of something.

  5. Jeff, maybe it will open the door for someone else to begin teaching.

    To teach is to learn twice.

    Saying no has given someone else the opportunity to say yes!

  6. I too will be printing and hanging up this list. But I will include the comments for their insight is exactly what I have been struggling with. Thank you.

  7. Thanks everyone. Patty, just found and corrected a typo – no instead of know.

    Typos usually stand out to readers. to writers, they seem invisible.

    Typos and human blind spots have a lot in common.

    A person who hasn’t honed their priorities often looks like a typo. And we all know typos are simply small little errors, nothing intentional.

    Over time though, if we don’t learn to correct our typos, our credibility diminishes. Not with God, cause God knows our humanity, but with ourselves, because we know we could do better, but didn’t.

  8. We are afraid to say “no” because of the consequences. When I have said a very intelligently AND prayer- consulted “no”,I then believe it to be the best answer, yet there are often complicated negative repercussions- usually social( man- constructed) Because I was not alone in
    My decision to say “no” I also pray for guidance as I walk forward.

  9. Heidi, you’re right, we are afraid. How do we each our children not to have this fear?
    How do we, as adults, unlearn all the negative worry (fear) that’s associated with “no”?
    Perhaps it the contemplative thinking and prayer that’s the best approach.
    Knowing our personal priorities is also a great foundation.

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