10 Ways to Become More Organized
Organization is a skill that takes time and effort. With the beginning of new year and the onslaught or fresh starts and goal setting (not to mention Marie Kondo on Netflix), many are thinking of ways to improve their organizational skills.
Whether it’s investing in a new planner or creating new habits, organization is a big part of living a happier life.
If you’re looking to enhance your organization skills, consider these 10 tips that will help you get your life together and develop positive habits.
Set a Goal
Goal setting is the first step to getting organized. By creating your own set of priorities, you’re eliminating what doesn’t serve you and welcoming positive energy.
The trick here is to start with small, attainable goals as opposed to one major one. This will help you eliminate feeling overwhelmed and allow you to celebrate small victories.
Hold Yourself Accountable
It’s easy to miss a workout or slack off on your passion project when there aren’t any real consequences to your actions. Instead of leaving your progress up to chance, hold yourself accountable to actually doing what you set out to do. Make your goals public. This will increase your accountability, and help you to stick to your schedule and stay organized.
In order to meet your goals and stay motivated, you have to reward yourself. Celebrate even the smallest of victories and reward yourself with self-care “treats” when you meet your goals. This will keep you excited about your goals and motivated to continue.
One of the best ways to stay on top of your to-do list is to set alarms. Whether it’s on your phone or setting traditional alarm clocks, having that little reminder will help you stay on track. Set your bill schedule, deadlines and other important information so you can always stay on top of what’s coming.
Invest In a Planner
Planners continue to grow in popularity. People use them as scrapbooks, journals and more. Keep your life organized by investing in a good planner. This will give you a visual reminder of what you need to accomplish. You can write out your feelings, create monthly vision boards and keep track of your events and appointments. Writing out your responsibilities will give you clarity that’s unmatched.
Trying to stay organized in a cluttered space is counterproductive. In fact, it can bring about more stress than you initially intended. Start off your organizational journey right by cleaning out all forms of clutter you may have.
Throw away or donate old clothes and items that are simply holding you back. This will help you develop your mental clarity and stay organized.
Create a Monthly Goal
Each month provides an opportunity for a new start. Take advantage of this gift by setting goals you can meet. If you noticed that you struggled with productivity last month, make that a priority this month. It even helps to create vision boards with your monthly goals illustrated on them. This will help you to stay on track in the coming months.
Practice Saying No
One of the biggest hurdles to sticking to your personal schedule is getting caught up in other tasks. For example, Wednesdays are your designated gym days. However, your friends always want to go out for drinks after work on Wednesday night. Your schedule can start to slip, and your organization right along with it.
What do you do? Well, start by learning how to put yourself first and say no. Distractions, whether positive or negative, can throw you off of your schedule. This can make you feel disorganized and anxious. Learn how to say no and not feel guilty about it.
Wake up Earlier
If you challenge yourself to wake up 15-30 minutes earlier each day, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish. Doing this will give you the opportunity to get done everything you intended and start the day with a fresh mind.
Prepare For the Day The Night Before
We’ve all been there – rushing to get everything together while still trying to make it to appointments on time. The best way to alleviate those rushed feelings is to prepare for your days the night before. Lay your clothes out, pack your lunch and get your items ready before bed. This will make your morning routine seamless and enjoyable. If getting the kids ready in the morning adds to the chaos, get them to do the same!
Getting organized is definitely a challenge, but a fulfilling one. Make your great by implementing these tips into your daily routine. You’ll begin to feel more organized and prepared for everything that comes your way.
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