Whether you’re an organizing enthusiast, want to get more organized or you’re interested in finding out what it takes to stay organized, incorporating new habits into your life is essential.
With that said, there a few things extremely organized people do to stay and maintain their organized life. Below are the top things you can add to your life that can make you more organized.
1. Write To-do Lists
If you don’t know already, to-do lists are so important when it comes to organizing your life. They help you keep track of your high priority tasks and the low priority tasks. They only require 5 minutes to create and best of all, you get to check them off once the task is complete – best feeling ever!
2. Write everything down
Because our brains can only remember so much, writing things down is essential when it comes to being organized. You’re able to capture what seems like, once in a lifetime aha moments. You’re able to jot down important ideas and thoughts. Plus, it helps you clear your mind of issues you are having which can help solve that problem. Most importantly, it will calm the chaos in your mind and help you have peace of mind which in turns of course aids in being organized!
3. Schedule Schedule Schedule
Well, this one goes without explaining because we all know the importance of scheduling. Scheduling is used to distinguish when you’re going to work on those things on your to-do list and it determines the amount of time that’s needed to complete them. Gone are the days you miss those important dates. The best thing about scheduling is once you’ve set a date and time, you are more likely to get through it without procrastination and/or be on time.
4. Thinking Positively
Positive thinking will help you not only be more organized but live a happier life. Try incorporating meditation for about 5-10 minutes a day or even exercise a couple times a week. I know exercising isn’t the most sought out activity to take part in but when you exercise your body releases serotonin which is associated with mental well-being (works as a natural anti-depressant).
5. Put things back into their place after you’re done using it
If you use something, putting it back in its place helps combat clutter and keeps your space get organized. Need I say more?
6. Question themselves before they buy anything
According to the LA Times, the average American owns 300,000 items. My theory is most people are either buying things because of a temporary feeling or because it’s on sale. Both are no reason why you should ever buy anything. Here are 3 questions you should ask yourself before you purchase any item (yes this includes food)!
1. Will I use this in the next 5 days?
2. Would I buy this if it wasn’t on sale?
3. Will this bring value to my life?
If you ask yourself these questions, the next time you catch yourself in a buying frenzy, I guarantee you won’t end up regretting your purchase.
Keep this in mind.
The secret to keeping your space organized is owning less. Hence, the fewer items you purchase, the less clutter you will have.
7. Keep Their Space Clean
When your space is clean the more likely you are to keep it that way. Because most of us are visual, we usually navigate towards areas that are pleasing to look at – most us at least! To maintain a clean space, make sure you focus on the smaller tasks than the bigger ones, which will make the cleaning process easier. So make sure you put things back in their place, dress your bed every morning, wash them dishes or unload the darn dishwasher. Though these tasks may seem small, they will make a huge difference in the way your home feels and stays organized.
8. Have a Morning Routine
Having a morning routine let alone a routine increases your organizational skills and sets the tone for your day. Your morning routine can include getting up at 7:00 am, meditating, showering, eating breakfast all before leaving your house at 7:45 am. Sticking to your routine and making it a habit will not just keep your day organized, it will help you save none other than precious time!
9. Manage their time
Time management is a crucial part of being organized and when done correctly, you can truly reap the benefits. Using planners, calendars, to-do lists, and other time management tools will help you increase productivity therefore, grow your organizational skills. With these tools, to increase productivity and avoid distractions you must make sure that what you write down are prioritized accurately and prevent you from wasting your time on meaningless tasks. So if you’re ready to boost your time management skills, you should write down all your tasks that need to be handled that day. If this is the first day you do this, according to Brian Tracy an amazing thought leader, you will increase your productivity by a whopping 25%! To break that down in hours, you will gain back 2 extra hours in an eight-hour day just by doing this. With that extra time, you can then focus on doing something you love.
I don’t know about you but who wouldn’t want that!
10. Live in the Now
Rather than being hard on yourself because your space that was once organized is now a huge wreck and engulfed in clothes that haven’t seen a hanger for months, let it go. Thinking too hard about something that occurred in the past, tends to make that something worse. Because of that, it is crucial that you stop beating yourself up about situations, or doings that occurred yesterday and living in the present moment. Because the past is gone and the future doesn’t exist, the only moment that you have is right now. So if you find yourself in a situation where it seems like you’ve made no progress and you feel stuck, whether because you live in a cluttered space or feel you have no organizational skills because of a past experience, take a deep breath in and release. Remember the journey to being organized isn’t a perfect path. You may fall and if you do, you will get back up again. When you do, at that very moment acknowledge the feeling and enjoy it because that’s the only time you will.
I love to know if there are any other things organized people do everyday, please let me know in the comments sections.
Until next time!