There are so many things to keep a track of.
More now than ever!
Organizing your mind as well as you environment can help you accomplish things fast.
Many people find themselves reading about how to become more productive, more organized and overall live a better life.
However a small percentage of those people actually take action.
If you feel overwhelmed with the amount of tasks you need to complete or all of the responsibilities in your life, this is the post for you!
The majority of people out there were not born organized people.
They build strong habits over a period of time.
Here are 13 useful habits you can start building now, to help you organize the sh*t out of your life!
1. Declutter Your Environment!
Having a cluttered, messy and unorganized environment is extremely de-motivating.
Do you feel ultra productive in a room full of mess?
No. Neither do I.
Before I start any task, I always make sure I’ve cleared my environment of any mess.
Keep things clean regularly, so that you can start any task fresh and give it the best possible start.
Don’t feel like you need to tackle decluttering all at once!
Decluttering is a process and can sometimes take longer that you think.
Start with one room or one section at a time.
Before you buy anything else, have a look around and see if there is anything you can get rid of or give away.
Once you’ve decluttered the key here is to KEEP IT CLEAN!
It will surely get messy from time to time, however, this will only be small things that don’t require a huge decluttering project.
The places you use the most should always be kept clean.
Don’t let things get so messy and unorganized that you find it hard to keep on top of.
2. Have a brain dump daily
Similar to decluttering your environment, you must also declutter your mind.
Too many thoughts and ideas on the various tasks and responsibilities you need to complete only hinders your progress.
Have a daily brain dump – get it all out
Dump everything out on paper, on file, online, whatever suits you!
We naturally overthink things when they remain in our heads, thus making them bigger than they actually are.
Start the week with a huge brain dump and then perform mini dumps daily 🙂
Holding on to information is often how it gets lost, so practising this daily really helps.
3. Give your brain the day off
Our minds are amazing things.
They give us our ideas and take in information at rapid speeds.
However, we just cannot possibly remember every bit of information given to us on a daily basis (or at least it’s very hard to).
I have Google drive set up on my computer, phone and tablet.
Chances are through the day I have at least one of those things around me, so whenever I need to make a note of something or have an idea, I open it up and write it down immediately.
Let you brain have the day off and invest in a system that remembers the things we can’t.
That way I take the pressure off my brain to remember everything and I keep my mind decluttered.
Make sure the note taking system is easily accessible and has amazing filing systems so that you can organize all of your notes and ideas into folders.
4. Set goals
Goals create structure.
If you don’t have specific goals in place, then how can you organize your life effectively.
You should always have a vision for where you want to be in 6 months, 1 year and beyond.
This will help to give your life a focus and you end up scheduling specific tasks to reach your goals.
There should be moments of spontaneity and you don’t need to plan every moment of your life.
However your life should always have an agenda or bigger goal.
Create something in life to look forward to and work towards.
Define what you want and take the steps necessary to get there.
Read more about creating and achieving your goals this year!
5. Label everything!
Just trust me on this one, labels will be your best friend!
Especially when you are storing things away for a while.
You may have the most amazing memory now, but imagine in 3 years when you come across the item you stored away and have no idea why you stored the item away or what purpose it solves.
Label makers make your life sooo much easier
The label can contain information such as the name of the item, what you plan to do with it, where it’s going etc etc.
Get a label maker, little stickers, bags with labels on them; whatever it is just make things easier for yourself.
6. Get a planner
In theory this should probably be #1 on my list, but having a planner/organizer is an essential tool.
Like I mentioned above, we cannot simply rely on our brains to remember everything.
The brain doesn’t usually have a structure or plan for our lives like a well organized planner would.
A good life planner will focus on the next year of your life (at the very least 6 months).
You will have space in there for details such as:
- Contacts and addresses
- Goals and visions (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly)
- To do lists
- Plan of actions
- Password list (to help you log all passwords in one place)
- Gratitude journal
- Brain dumps
Look for or create a planner that include details like the ones listed above.
Start to use it consistently and you’ll definitely start to see how organized you become.
7. Set daily time blocks
Make sure you set time blocks throughout the day to carry out specific tasks.
This is especially helpful if you plan this out the day before!
For example, each morning at 10am after you’ve had a coffee and meditated for 30mins, you could sit down and answer any emails you have.
Waking up in the morning and just winging it, isn’t going to make you any more organized.
In fact, not having a specific plan for the day will decrease your productivity rate and you won’t get as much of the important stuff done!
Be sure the allow extra time in your schedule for things that’ll come up at the last minute.
There’s always something that comes up, that will not be a part of your schedule – Make sure you’re prepared!
If you allow the time in advance chances are you won’t be caught off guard.
8. Create a schedule then a routine
This step differs to planning because scheduling requires you to make notes of the things you do every day and week and developing them into a routine.
It might seem silly to schedule in every bit of your life, but it really does help to get things done and will make you more organized.
Disorganized people are always being caught of guard by the dependencies in their life.
By creating a schedule or a plan for all of your dependencies in advance, you will eliminate the possibility of getting distracted when one of them comes knocking.
Create strong habits from the start!
With habits, the more you do it, the more it will seep into your subconscious and you’ll start doing without noticing.
The first step towards forming this type of mental pattern is to sit down and consciously list out your mental dependencies; health, diet, friends, family, bills.
Creating a mental schedule take times to build.
Eventually instead of setting constant reminders for your regular everyday tasks, forgetting to do something or getting distracted, your mind will run on a loop sending you subconscious alerts.
Read more about How to build strong habits that stick and achieve your goals!
9. Meal prep EVERY Sunday
Figuring out what to eat every day is stressful, trust me I’ve been there.
Not only is putting together several meals throughout the day pure stress but it can also be extremely time consuming and often money wasting.
Set a day in the week to shop for groceries and prepare your meals for the week.
You’ll be surprised how easy this is to do.
Just watch some of the videos on meal prep here.
It will instantly take the pressure off and make you a super organized meal prepping ninja!
10. Budget like crazy
Have set budgets for all of your monthly outgoings.
That way you know how much money you have to spend on certain items.
When you go out on a night out, have a limit of how much you are going to spend and stick to it.
Use apps to help you organize your financial life.
Mint is a budget tracker and planner app that takes your budget seriously and keeps your money all in one place.
When you are going over your budget they’ll send you alerts.
11. Give everything a home
Everything in your environment deserves a home, a place where it belongs.
To become more organized, you must create a place for everything in your environment.
Remembering to put the item back in its special place is also a key organisation rule.
That way, when you go to find it, it is always there.
Set up your work environment is set up properly before you start anything.
If doing this every time you use something becomes to hectic or you have a huge home that’s hard to manage, create a “drop zone” in an easily accessible part of the home.
This is a place in the home where you can ‘drop’ all of the items that were taken out or used throughout the day.
The drop zone is a huge trend in home organisation.
You can then spend time at the end of every day, putting every item in this ‘drop zone’ back in its original spot.
12. Have a back up for everything
You should always have a backup for the things that matter most or the things you do on a daily basis.
Don’t leave yourself short and find yourself scrambling.
Organized people have back ups of the things they use on a daily basis.
If running out of something disrupts your day and allows you to be thrown off track, make sure you have a backup of it.
This way you are able to resort to your backup and move on with your day.
13. Surround yourself with things of value
The things or people in your life should always serve a purpose.
Be deliberate about the things you have around you.
Do not purchase or invest time in anything that doesn’t benefit your life.
Habits of the really organized include only keeping what they need or really want.
You could buy a dress in the shop that makes you smile whenever you wear it or have a friend that always makes you laugh every time you see them.
These are great examples of things or people that bring value to your life.
One of the keys to having an organized life is to surround yourself with these things and not store things that clutter your space.
Some bitesize tips for becoming more organized
Find what works for you
The steps above should be taken very generally.
Everybody works differently, so find the schedule or plan that works best for you.
Raise your vibrations
Spend time each morning to reflect and raise your positive vibrations.
One of the best ways to do this is by meditating and practising affirmations.
Starting the day with mindfulness goes a long way to becoming more organized.
Plan a list of activities in advance
We all have those days when we get bored and are desperately trying to think of things to do.
Creating a list of activities or tasks to do in advance can help you to get more done.
You’ll realize, over time, just how effective the above steps are.
Soon you’ll become a more organized person and be living a happier, healthier, and more successful life.