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In Day 15 of the Meditation Experience, the Centering Thought is focused on organizing the power of your awareness.
Amidst all of the chaos that can surround your life, all the decisions you have to make within that, and all of the “to-do’s” that you have as a result, it’s important to be mentally organized. Mental organization leads to efficiency, which leads to success.
Taking time out each morning to organize your thoughts and to-do’s for the day, mentally sets your day up to ensure that you accomplish what you have set out to do. Mentally organizing also helps declutter your mind of useless “noise” that can derail you from your day’s tasks.
I live by my calendar. It’s become not just a meeting/event scheduler, it’s also become my de-facto to-do list place. Each day, I use it to guide my day – from meetings, to deliverables, to workouts, to personal things I need to accomplish, it holds it all. Why? Because I don’t want to have to think about what I need to do next. Because oftentimes, that creates more mental clutter than one knows. I learned (several times over) that being organized leaves room for your brain to think freely in the time you have allotted it for a particular activity. My process for daily mental organization:
- I give myself 30 minutes to relax in the morning. That 30 minutes is for ME. I may just be laying in bed, I might be meditating, I might go workout. Regardless, I do SOMETHING that doesn’t require me to think.
- The first thing I do when I turn on my laptop is review my calendar for the day – something I will have reviewed the night before. I make sure I can accomplish everything I set out for the day. If not, I move things around.
- I set out to do my tasks/calls. I review periodically to see if I am still on track. If not, I move things around to meet priorities.
- When the day is over, I review the next day and add/edit what I need for that day. I don’t look at it again until the following morning.
Each of us has our own way to handle how we mentally organize ourselves. However it works for you, it’s a practice that should be followed everyday, especially if you have large goals for yourself that will take time to complete. As Steven Stromick put it, “The first step to success is getting out of your own way.”