Understanding Order

Order: 1) Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system. 2) Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition. 3) The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Synonyms: orderliness, neatness, tidiness, organization, method, regulation, uniformity, regularity, symmetry.
MSN Encarta

  • Order is regular — a state of proper arrangement.
  • Order is structure — correct according to the rules.
  • Order is precision — direct, exact.
  • Order is systematized — clear precise direction.
  • Order is comforting — fitting and appropriate.

Benefits of Order

  • Order provides routine — a regular method under which to operate.
  • Order provides steadiness — clearly defining the way.
  • Order provides definition — minimizing surprises and distraction.
  • Order provides reliability — based on structure and clear directives.
  • Order provides prescription — schedules and structure.

Acts of Order in Everyday Life

  • The Bible — The Hebrew word for order, Seder is the name given to the Passover meal in celebration of the Exodus of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. The Seder follows the same prescribed set of actions and prayers year after year.
  • To Do Lists — Productive people manage their time based on things that most need their attention.
  • Courts of Law and Police — Society is protected and comforted with rules and order.
  • Athletes — Train with a precise system and work-out regime in order to prepare themselves to excel in their challenges.
  • Positive Parenting — Beginning life, a newborn is put on a schedule for routine feeding and sleeping. Children cling to consistency and structure as they learn to build trust and feel secure.

Methods for Achieving Order

  • Learn to set Priorities — By setting things in order of importance, time can be organized appropriately to devote more energy and effort toward things that matter most.
  • Practice Organization — Find a proper place for 2 or 3 items every day.
  • Develop a Routine — Determine a system the works best for you and commit to making it a habit.
  • Learn to Plan — Predetermine what needs to be done, allocating time and energy most efficiently.
  • Schedule time for Yourself — Review what works and improve what doesn't. Leave yourself time to recharge and regroup.

Golden Mean

Lack of organization

Quotes for Order

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
- Albert Einstein -
Order is never observed; it is disorder that attracts attention because it is awkward and intrusive.
- Eliphas Levi -
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.
- Thomas Mann -

Recommended Reading

Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized — by Susan C Pinsky

Susan Pinsky writes with the heart of a mother. Her family has lived with, endured and overcome the unique challenges of dealing with a child who suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder. Her ideas are useful and universal to any home wanting to provide the extra help needed by someone who finds order and organization close to impossible.

Getting Organized: Improving Focus, Organization and Productivity — by Chris Crouch

One of the most thorough, comprehensive books of its kind, Chris Crouch not only writes a great 'how to' on the subject, but also presents a section on the 'why' of putting order and organization as a priority in our lives.

Time Tactics of Very Successful People — by B. Eugene Griessman

Mr. Griessman's book approaches time management as more of a life-management type of issue, presenting 96 short essays that can be easily understood and applied to everyday life. Although not the most recent of time-management writings, its practicality still makes this one stand out as one of the best.

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann