Staying organized isn’t as hard as it may seem
Life can get messy and overwhelming, and that’s only because we allow it to.
The truth of the matter is that life becomes A LOT less stressful when you become more organized. Organization requires a lot of self discipline which will develop over time. So, if you struggle with organization, just know there’s hope! All it takes is effort and consistency for you to reap the benefits of having structure in your life.
Here are some ways that I managed to better organize myself whether it was at work, at home or just in general with “life”.
Home– Imagine coming home to a clean house every single day. No dirty dishes, clothes folded or hung up in the closet, bed is made, and all your “stuff” is organized exactly how you want it. Sounds like you have a maid in the house right?
Wrong! That’s you building a discipline to organize yourself on a daily basis. A dirty dish doesn’t hurt anyone, but compound a dish a day for a week, and now we’re talking a sink full! The same goes for clothes left on the bedroom floor, junk left in your car, and “stuff” left around the house.
Take the time to either pick up after yourself immediately or take 15-20 mins. out of the day to organize everything so that it doesn’t pile up over time. Instead of wasting your Saturday or Sunday cleaning, reap the benefits of being organized so you can actually ENJOY your weekends. Also, I don’t know about you but personally when I have a messy house, I get overwhelmed. However when my house is clean, I find my mind more at ease!
Emails– I’ve worked at jobs where I would literally get over 100 emails a day. Chaos wasn’t even the word for how hectic my days felt! I was so overwhelmed and stressed that I didn’t even know how to handle these high volumes. Eventually, I managed all these emails by doing the following:
- Folders- Any important information I would receive from specific clients or in relation to particular topics, I would create its own unique folder.
- Categories- For emails that require a response, research or additional follow up
- Rules– For reoccurring emails that did not require any action; I would create rules that would automatically send the email to the designated folder of my choice. This got rid of all that extra noise in my inbox and cleared up a good portion of the incoming email volume
- Phone calls– If the email became a back and forth communication, I would literally stop emailing and pick up the phone
Life- In order to better organize your life, you need to start with better organizing your day. Writing down a list of tasks you need to accomplish for the day is crucial (whether it is on a notepad or in your phone). With so much going on in our lives, it’s easy to get distracted and even forget about your goals for the day. It happens to the best of us. Personally, I use Planner Pro. It’s a phone app I use to jot down any tasks I need to get done for the day. It also helps keep me focused by reminding me that I still have items to complete. The calendar app on your phone will do the same but, I personally prefer the app instead.Understand that when you fail to plan, you plan to FAILClick To Tweet
Plan ahead – Take the time to plan your objectives for the week. Sunday nights are a good time to write out some goals as you prep for Monday and the week ahead. Taking this initiative is key to staying organized.
Here are a few things I like to plan:
- Meetings/Events- Review the meetings/events you have set for the week and plan your week around them. Stop trying to do 10 things at once or rushing from one place to another with limited time. Allow yourself enough time to get from one place to another so you don’t have to rush even if you are running a few minutes behind.
- Food– Plan what you are going to eat for the week. Make a grocery list of all the ingredients and take 3-4 hours on Sunday to meal prep. Have all your meals packed in plastic containers so you can just grab your food and go. This will save you time from having to go grocery shopping every other day and even money by not having to spend $15+ a day at restaurants.
- Clothes– Line up what you are going to wear Monday-Friday. Instead of going crazy every morning looking for something to wear, hang your outfits in your closet and you’ll literally just grab and go. Same goes for your children. Lay out 5 outfits for the week (Monday-Friday) and watch how much quicker you’ll be ready. Side Note: My family, my wife, two kids (ages 6 &3) and I all get ready within 30 minutes every morning. Beat that!
Take It One Step At A Time
Instead of tackling everything at once, take baby steps and start with accomplishing one task at a time. For example, if the entire house is a mess, focus on cleaning one room at a time. The same goes for work related projects. Complete one task at a time until your list is complete.
Don’t look at the long term in this case. Focus on the short term.If you can organize yourself on a daily basis then you can organize your entire lifeClick To Tweet
Organization comes with consistency. Doing these small tasks on a day to day basis will eliminate the chaos and mess created over longer periods of time.
Everyone has a different style of organization. Choose the best practice that works for you. Regardless of your preference, the key is to take action on a consistent basis.