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self persuasion through organization

Feb 28, 2008
I'm a busy man. If you know me at all, you know this to be true. Not only am I busy with teaching persuasion, I'm in the midst of some pretty major personal transitions as well and sometimes it's hard to believe how much needs to be done in a day. Because that is foremost in my thoughts right now, I'm inspired to write this article on things to help you keep yourself organized.

With upheaval comes chaos. And I don't much care for chaos, especially if it means there's something that needs to get done but doesn't.

I expect that you are busy as well with high priority tasks like deadlines and important meetings to simple, mundane things like getting the car washed or remembering to pick up the dry cleaning. One thing I find extraordinarily helpful in dealing with the deluge of tasks I find I have to complete, is the ever faithful 'to do list'. Maybe I'm more process oriented than most, but I find that the 1-2-3 way of getting things done really keeps me on course. As an added benefit, getting these tasks and commitments out of our conscious minds, which are only capable of holding seven plus or minus two bits of information, and on to paper or our computers or Blackberries, frees up space to concentrate on the present and not worry about the near future.

I typed the words "to do list" into Google and was given a variety of resources for online listing. Remember when a pocket note book and pen were all we needed? I happen to prefer the old-fashioned handwritten list, but if you have a Blackberry, why not put it to use?

One site that seemed especially easy to use is http://www.rememberthemilk.com/. It also has the bonus of being free. Also free is http://roughunderbelly.com/user/login. This one is persuasive for reward oriented people in that it gives you points when you finish something and it makes you charts and graphs of how productive you are as you complete your tasks.

Another tool I've found a pleasure to work with falls under the heading of brainstorming, creativity and organization. It is a product called Thought Office. I used this years ago and somehow lost track of it (ironic?), even forgetting the name, but its usefulness stuck with me.

My feeling is that when we clear up our internal clutter, when we organize our thoughts these are the stepping stones, the small steps to take in order to really accomplish huge things.

So what does this all have to do with persuasion?

Well, I've said this before and I'm sure to say it again many times. . . once we can persuade ourselves, whether it be something as involved as stopping smoking or losing weight, or something as "easy" as dropping off that bag of clothes at Goodwill that has been sitting in the trunk of your car for three months, when we create an internal environment where we are saying what we do and doing what we say, we are working with our other than conscious minds to achieve amazing results.
About the Author
Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of affluent prospects using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.
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