Effective Entrepreneuring through Controlled Chaos

By Weston Lyon

Chaos is part of the entrepreneurial life. There is no way of getting around it. Projects are being completed. People are trying to steal your time. And more ideas are flowing through your head than you can possibly put into effect. And to top it off, all these events, and more, are happening DAILY!

As an entrepreneur, you have to learn to deal with chaos. Chaos at the office, as well as chaos at home (sometimes one and the same). So how do successful entrepreneurs deal with chaos?

They have an “organized chaos” mindset.

Let’s take a look at the 3 characteristics successful entrepreneurs understand about “organized chaos” and how you can adopt this mindset to leap frog your competition, get more done in less time, and have more success than you ever thought possible!

1. Know Your Outcomes

As an entrepreneur, you are going to have stacks of papers lying around. From client files you’re working on to educational material you’re constantly reviewing, reading and re-reading.

It’s important to note, these stacks of papers NEVER leave. Yes, they may go down in volume. Yes, they will change in content. But NO, they will never disappear.

So, instead of focusing on the “mess” around you, focus on your outcomes. Focus on the priorities in your life and business that are going to bring you joy, happiness, and money.

Your priorities are important. Your priorities take precedence over “chaos.” If you let chaos bog you down, you’ll never be a super-achiever. Know your outcomes and forget about everything else!

2. Not Everything Will Get Done

Scary thought, I know. But if you’re going to be a super-achiever, you have to realize not everything will get done.

As I said before, as an entrepreneur, you have more ideas coming to you than you know what to do with and you have projects up the wazoo. Not all these will get done.

Some you can delegate to an assistant. Some you can give to a partner to handle. And some you’ll just have to get rid of. The important concept is—just accept the fact that not everything will get done.

Don’t worry about everything else that’s not getting done. Focus on your outcomes and get done what needs doing – your high paying, important projects!

3. Perfection Is an Illusion

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have chaos. You wouldn’t have a messy work area. But there’s no such thing as perfection. It’s an illusion, a fantasy, a dream. It’s a unicorn.

In dealing with “organized chaos,” you have to understand this: you are going to have chaos.

More papers will accumulate. More projects will materialize. More people will ask for your help and your time. More educational material will find its way into your life and onto your desk.

More is coming. It’s up to you to handle the chaos and make it work for you.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy. If it were, everyone would want to be one. But that’s what makes it so exciting.

Adopt these mindset characteristics into your business life and deal with organized chaos. If you do, I promise that you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of your competition. You’ll be able to get more done in less time.

And you’ll be more successful than you ever thought possible!


Weston Lyon is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on finding time for what’s important in life. To find out more about Weston Lyon and his business, go to

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