Hello all! My name is Pearl and I received my Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance this past May. I am currently finishing up my Master’s in accounting and CPA Exam preparation and plan to have it all finished by May of 2014.
I am extremely thankful for the many opportunities that I have achieved, and aside from owing it all to my supportive family, friends, and mentors, I wanted to give a quick reminder to myself and all of you about how much power you have as an individual to find success.
I want to support this belief by expanding on the title of this post: organization is key. I am a firm believer in being organized and want to stress how important it is to prioritize organizing each aspect in your life. This means having a plan that keeps you on track and being time efficient.
My quick tips on how to stay organized:
Have a planner – I know, I know, some of us do not need things to be written/typed down because we think we can “remember” everything. But mistakes happen, and even if you may not be a visual learner, writing down your tasks and upcoming events helps you meet obligations and deadlines. Not only does this help you see what you have to do, it helps you see when you have free time to do things you may find more enjoyable. “Plans are nothing, planning is everything.”
Have a system – make the time to think about what works for you and your lifestyle. When do you like to study? When do you like to eat? Do you work out? How about hanging out with friends? All of these things can be done in even a very busy schedule if you analyze the system that works for you. You can still have fun and be successful if you figure out what you are willing to sacrifice to find happiness in upcoming obligations. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Be physically organized – not only is it important to keep the activities in your life organized, you should always try to keep your physical belongings organized, too. This means things as simple as putting back your pencil in its proper place, knowing where your phone charger is, storing your clean laundry, avoiding unnecessary clutter, etc. “A clean space is a happy place.”
Avoid procrastination – once you have a plan and a system down, make sure to follow through. “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”
Think positively – find the positivity in staying organize. A lot of individuals end up becoming disorganized because they feel like making time to be organized is stressful and/or boring. But what you forget is that the less you do now, the more you will have to do later. The amount of stress or boredom you may get could have been avoided if you had a more positive attitude in the first place. Again, avoid procrastination! “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”
Think logically – this point mainly deals with the importance of time efficiency. Before getting started on something, spend genuine time thinking about how to be productive and how to best solve a situation. Dig into your problem and logic skills and figure out how to maintain time efficiency while still doing quality work. This will leave both you and your assignment in excellent condition and less error. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
A lot of these tips may seem like common sense and I think that many of us become overwhelmed with other life activities and we forget how to stay organized. But I can assure you that studying and meeting deadlines will be much more enjoyable if you stay organized.
Until next time!