Orderliness (vs. Confusion)

Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency.

To practice Orderliness I will:

  • pick up after myself
  • keep my work and play areas clean and neat
  • put things back where they belong
  • use things only for their intended purposes
  • return lost things to their rightful owners

You have all seen how orderly a fire station is. From each person’s clothing and equipment to the vehicles themselves, all are highly organized so as to save time and guarantee that nothing required is left behind. This order takes planning and forethought. It just didn’t happen. It had to be consciously planned, tested and adjusted. The same is true for anything that we organize, from a kitchen utensil drawer to a PTA fundraiser. The opposite of orderliness is confusion. We certainly see confusion immediately following weather disasters or other tragedies, that is until the Good Guys (first responders) arrive and systematically restore order. Planning and training are essential for first responders to effectively assess a situation in the midst of tragedy and chaos and perform their job. All careers require some form of orderliness to be effective. Classrooms have rules that keep things orderly and families have daily routines that help assure that all chores are completed.

Practice orderliness by planning your work – then working your plan!

“Electricity is really just organized lightning. ”
– George Carlin

“Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry. ”
– Napoleon Bonaparte


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