One of the essential things to keep your business running smoothly is being organised. In order to achieve the success that you want for your business, it is necessary to start with organising your mind. Thoughts become feelings, become actions, become results, so you want to be mindful of the ideas that come out of your head.
The mind and our consciousness
Our mind is a weird and wonderful thing. In a day, we have thousands of thoughts simultaneously populating our brain. Some of those thoughts are automatic and subconscious—like how to walk, when to breathe, etc. Other thoughts are more conscious and complicated. They are coloured with our emotions, which can sometimes cloud our judgments.
These conscious thoughts are what you need to organise in order to achieve the success and satisfaction you desire out of your life and for your business. So how can you do that?
How to practice mindfulness with our thoughts
As a businessman, you most probably find your brain buzzing with too many thoughts. You have your business to think about, but you also have your personal life, and often, you find yourself overwhelmed.
Imagine a room cluttered with so many things that you can’t find what you need quickly. The best solution is to declutter and organise that room so that everything is in its place, and there is a proper place for everything. The same goes for when you try to organise your mind and your business.
In order to stay on top of things, you need a shift from merely thinking to think about your thinking. This practise is called mindfulness or mindful thinking.
There are many ways to practice mindful thinking. One of the most common (and effective) way is to be aware of your thoughts by writing them down. It can be in the form of a journal entry, a letter, or a blog. It may seem like a hassle, but you need time to be able to step back and watch yourself think. Feel free to include all the emotions you have attached to your thoughts.
Once you’ve written that down, you can sort through your feelings and isolate sentences, statements, or ideas that are pure and simple facts. These can become actionable thoughts that are free from the drama and complication of emotional bias. And objectivity is vital to making sound decisions.
Three key questions to ask yourself
Now that you’ve sorted through your emotions and found objective, actionable thoughts, now what? How do you decide which ones to act on and work with, and which ones need to go?
There are three questions you need to ask yourself: Is this thought serving me? Do I want [to do] it? Is this thought current or outdated?
Once you’ve asked yourself these three questions, now you can decide whether you want to keep it, act on it, or let it go. If it doesn’t serve you, it isn’t something you necessarily want, and is an outdated way of thinking, then it is better to get it out of your system. It only serves to clutter your mind and weigh you down.
Positive and negative thoughts and results
Many of our actions and inactions come from unconscious negative emotions. It is important to note that everyone has both positive and negative thoughts, and both are equally valid. One of the common mistakes people make is that it automatically has to go if it is a negative thought. Keep in mind that you need those negative thoughts as much as your positive thoughts.
However, your negative thoughts need to be processed and flipped so that you can make it into positive actions that will yield positive results. This can also be applied when you get negative results in your life and your business.
Often, when we don’t get the results we envisioned, we get disheartened. However, as a businessman, you have to think of a way to flip that negative result around and make it beneficial for your business. Sometimes a negative result teaches you things about your business that you didn’t realise or have overlooked and can point you in the right direction when thinking up action plans that serve your business’s success.
Practical ways to apply these concepts to your business
These concepts are not limited to organising your thoughts, they can be translated and applied to your personal life, organising your physical space, and managing your business. The simplest way is to ask yourself several questions, like a checklist.
- Is your business organised?
- Can you find things that you want to find? Documents, inventory, financial books, etc.
- Do you know the stuff you have? And when was the last time you examined what is IN your business?
You want a business where everything in it serves you; it is there for a purpose, and because you placed it there in order to achieve a goal that brings you closer to your version of success. Remember that whatever you are not using, you are wasting. That is one thing you want to avoid for your business. Wasted systems, items, processes, software, etc., only serve to slow your business down. You have to get rid of it in order to make room for other things that will spur your business towards success.
If you are feeling overwhelmed right now, thinking of these questions, then that is normal. It might mean that you are in bad need of that decluttering, whether it is a mental decluttering, a systemic decluttering, or even a physical decluttering. Organising your business is a big thing, but it is necessary to achieve your goals and keep on top of managing it.
Don’t know where to begin in organising your business? You can seek help from professionals in the field that can coach you on how to do it, maintain it, and assess whether it is working for your venture.