In an attempt to expand on a blog post from two weeks ago Quit Responding, my intention is to write a post each week for the next 5 weeks about the 5 ways to take back control of your life.
- Know your values
- Establish your priorities
- Set Goals
- Accept responsibility (have versus be)
- Batch your time (STOP multitasking)
Today I will focus on Values. I am sure a few of you might roll your eyes a little bit and sigh values again?? I know it may seem like values have no place in the organization process, but truly they are the foundation of just about everything we do, or want to do. They should be the guiding principles in how we live our lives, the decisions we make, and the action we take.
So what it is about values, how do we set them, and where do they come into play with organization?
Why Values are so Important
I could not put it better than the below taken from Significance of Values
“Values allow the members of an organization to interact harmoniously. Values affect their formation and development as individuals, and make it easier to reach goals that would be impossible to achieve individually.”
While this statement says organization I believe this is true for families, businesses, clubs, and any other gathering of people.
When we work together to discover, establish, and live by a shared value system life tends to flow a little easier. We can work toward a bigger picture goal, and better achieve it because we are working together, have a guideline for why that is a goal, and appropriate ways and means to get there.
Values determine what is most important to use in the big life picture. They are standards of behavior in the way you live and work. Our values van be used to evaluate if we are on the right path and if not which direction we need to turn to.
Your values are your compass.
How Do We Set Our Values
For most of us, we were brought up with a set of values that we inherited from the people we spent the most time with. Whether it was our parents and family, friends, teachers, etc they had their own values that we probably picked up some or all of them along the way.
For some of us the value system that we grew up with works out great for us and we continue on with most if not all of the same values that were important to our care givers when we were young. For some of us, this is the farthest thing from the truth. We want our lives to follow completely different paths.
I highly encourage everyone to do some soul searching and discover what their values are. Now, I want you to understand, values are not set in stone, not constant, and not unchanging. We can change and adjust our values, but they are usually long-standing and stay with us for a while; they guide long periods of our lives before they change.
But what is the process? It is not always easy, nor fun, but it is rewarding, insightful, and totally empowering to take the time to do a full examination of your values (past, current, and where you want them to go). I strongly recommend Dawn Barclay’s free workbook. It made some amazing changes happen in my life.
If you are not ready to go that far, to dig back up stuff from the past, check out this great worksheet. This will just have you see what value words you connect the most with, and widdle them down until you come up with the ones that mean the most to you in your life. A little easier and a little more fun for those needing to take baby steps (don’t worry I encourage baby steps!)
Where do Values come into Play with Organization
The way in which we deal with Organization at TOP Organizing has to do with SOO much more than just your physical clutter! We want to assist you with your physical, mental and emotional clutter so doors start to open for you and your loved ones that lead to and point toward your greatest passions and purpose.
This is why values are so important. When dividing up our time (which we seem to have so little of) we need to put our values to use to determine if we are putting our time, attention, money and energy toward things, people, and activities that support our values and goals. Life is so much more than just going through the motions of the day-to-day, but sadly many of us get stuck there.
My top three values are:
- Making a difference
Because these things are so important to me, I regularly look to how I can guide my daily activities to align with these values, and how my goals support me in accomplishing these big life picture things.
I am regularly trying to meet people and see how I can support them or build them up. If that includes getting to learn from them or teach them something that is an even bigger bonus. And of course, I am always trying to find some way to turn the unknown into a great adventure, from riding my bike in the cold to the doctor, to going to a new networking event, or trying to create 250 gifts for an event in 10 days. For me life is always an adventure that I am learning and growing from, and helping others to do the same.
Because of these values and my mind set, I am able to better choose what networking events to attend, what activities I want to pay for or participate in, the people I want to connect with (usually who have a similar value focus), and so much more.
I put my time, money, attention and energy where is serves me and my values best. And so can you, once you know what your values are and why they are important to you and your future.
When you know how you want to spend these things you can start eliminating the things that do not fall in line with your values. You can create more time for yourself, your family, your work, your hobbies, whatever it is that means the most to you. You can create more money to save, go on adventures, give to the needy, start a business, etc. When you are doing the things you love you have more energy because it is replenishing you to do them instead of sucking the energy from you. And when you put your attention to the things you love, cherish, and want more of in your life, based on the law of attraction you will attract more of these things into your life.
I hope that you will spend some time discovering your values and how they can bring positive changes into your life.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at 203-915-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to assist you in any way I can.