A process isn’t usually instantaneous because it takes a window of time to develop a form or structure. Stage by stage, entities niche to develop a congregate that ends up in one mega function. As these functions operate, the human mind is glamoured by the creativities achieved by the brains around us. If brains were to be audited, and the various ways they perform recorded, we will be stunned by the level of artistry in our world.
A process is best exemplified by gestation periods in reproduction. What begins with eggs and semen end up as full babies, and grow up to become full adults. Nothing jumps from egg to adult – there is a process, there is organization. It is organization that makes a dead seed in the soil sprout – if it isn’t organized, it will die in decadence and be forgotten in some hidden and unnoticed location under the soil. A dead seed reorganizes itself in order to be more productive; brains can’t put grains together if they aren’t organized.
Communication skill is great, interpersonal skill is great, technical skill is great, but in spite of all these, if you lack organizational skills, you can’t climb beyond level one of your dream – a man given all the tools to work wouldn’t know where to begin if he lacks organizational skills. Organizational skills begin with managing self – managing self makes you sprout and gives you your first level of recognition. If you want to come out of the cocoon, if you want to step out of the holes, if you want to break out of the underground, even in your deadness, organize yourself. And with your organization, you will form a common front that will confront head-on the bollards impeding your growth. If you aren’t a concerted arrow-head, you can’t do much with all the resources you are blessed with.
James Cash Penney in describing organization said, “The five separate fingers are five independent units. Close them and the fist multiplies strength. This is organization.” Organization multiplies strength in its true sense. Organization of self propagates boundless strength. If you put yourself together – your heart, your mind, your soul, and all the factors that encourage success, you will succeed. But most talented people aren’t organized, and because of that, they become thirsty fish in an ocean of limitless amount of water.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines organizational skills as “The ability to use your time, energy, resources, etc. in an effective way so that you achieve the things you want to achieve.” The dictionary never defined organizational skills as talent, because it isn’t – organizational skills have everything to do with self discipline. Many talents fail because their time, energy and collective resources are in shambles – they either don’t use them or misuse them. If you can play the guitar, write a book and design websites all with one body, to achieve the best in all, you need strong organizational skills; otherwise, you may end up a mediocre in all of them. You must know when, the amount of time, and what is needed to execute each of them, and also have the character to give all required to each of them. If you play the guitar when you should be writing, or design a website when you should be playing the guitar, you won’t achieve anything recognizable. Or, if you simply believe that because you can, that means it’s done, you are the biggest self deceiver in the entire world. I used to think I could when I hadn’t even started. I remember some years ago, I told someone that I could write, but then, I hadn’t even started. Until I started, I didn’t know that writing was a long road – I made huge errors, I used wrong terminologies, I rewrote articles and books when I discovered some embarrassing mistakes, and till date, I am still learning – I will never stop learning. It was organizational skills that helped me pull all required resources together to achieve the very little I have attained.
To enhance your organizational skills, there are certain questions you need to ask yourself, and if you’re honest with your answers, and ready and willing to commit yourself to those answers, you will develop in this particular subject. The questions are as follows;
HOW LONG WILL THE TASK TAKE?
If I want to learn how to fix the hardware of computers, I must ascertain the time frame for learning how to do it. If I want to become a teacher, I must be honest with myself the length of time it will take to reach that goal. Goals without the knowledge of length of time to achieve die in ambiguity. People who make plans without putting time into consideration only lie to themselves because no matter how committed they profess to be, that objective never comes to pass. The knowledge of time frame is what convinces people that you’re a serious minded person. With time in mind, you’re able to organize yourself against all odds to achieve your set target. It is time that forces you to organize.
WHAT ORDER OR STRUCTURE WILL THE TASK TAKE?
If you’re going to construct a five bed detached house, you must have a plan – your plan includes the design, and the design will help you do the costing. From the design, you can tell how many building blocks required for the construction, and how many roofing sheets, woods, metals, tiles and other building materials needed to make your dream tangible. And from the design, you can also tell the size of chairs that will fit into the sitting room and the size of beds that can go into the bedrooms. The organizational skills required in building a house also applies to building other dreams or our various lives. To make your dream work, you must make a structure of it, you must organize it – if you don’t organize it, you will expose yourself to unnecessary wastage and uncalled-for expenses. People with no organizational skills gamble; in gambling, the probability of winning is close to zero, and losing, close to one hundred percent.
HOW MANY BITS CAN IT BE BROKEN INTO
Every task has subsets – this means it can be fragmented, splitted or broken into smaller bits so as to make it easier to manage and deal with. It is organizational skills that empower you to break down an assignment, a project or a goal into manageable entities. When you break it down, you can determine the time, energy and other resources needed to achieve each entity. With organizational skills, your eyes are fixed on the immediate bit needed to be achieved rather than the entire project. If you look at the entire project, you’ll panic, but if you only see the next bit, in your brain and mind, it will appear achievable. What kills most dreams is gigantic insight – if your mind’s eyes see it as too big, it will end up an impossible dream. So break it down, and only see each broken piece – work on each broken piece, and you’ll end up working on everything.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE EACH ENTITY
For each bit of assignment, it may require more than you to achieve – you need to determine the number of people needed to bring it to tangibility. Every step in a task require forecasting – you must predetermine the cost in terms of human capital, finance or other essential resources. Forecasting will help you avoid wastage and minimize unnecessary expenses.
WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE DO YOU NEED PER STAGE
Not everyone can fit into every stage of a task – you have to determine people’s passions and interests to know where to fix them. If you don’t fix them in their right places, they’ll undo you. Some tasks are messed up, some projects are abandoned because the wrong people were used to do the jobs.
WHO HEADS WHO
Each bit needs a team, and each team needs a head – don’t use tails as heads – tails have their functions, heads also have theirs. Some folks are better being team members, not team leaders. Without people skill, you can’t manage people. Not all have people skills!
Some brains can’t put the grains together because they lack organizational skills.