This is not much of a breaking news story, but, really organized people are not born organized, they have to cultivate healthy habits, which then help them to stay organized.
So even if you think you are a very disorganized person, you can learn to be organized and I have a few tips to help.
Here are the essential habits on how to organize your life:
1. Write Things Down
There is always that one person that remembers everyone's birthday. No, its not magic or some mysterious force in the universe. Trying to remember things will not help you to stay organized. A pen and some paper is our way of remembering things externally, and it’s much more permanent. Or you can do what I do and add reminders to your phone.
You will only further complicate your life by trying to contain important dates and reminders in your head. Write down everything: shopping lists for groceries, holiday gifts, and important dates like meetings and birthdays.
2. Make Schedules and Deadlines
Organized people don’t waste time. They recognize that keeping things organized goes hand-in-hand with staying productive. They make and keep schedules for the day and week. They make deadlines and set goals. And most importantly, they and stick to them!
3. Don’t Procrastinate
The longer you wait to do something, the more difficult it will be to get it done, like me going to the gym. If you want your life to be less stressful and less demanding, then organize as soon as you can. Putting in the effort to get things done as soon as possible will lift the weight off of you from doing it later.
4. Declutter Regularly
Stuff does not stay organized on its own; it needs to be reorganized continuously and consistently. Find time each week to organize. Highly organized people make sure they find time every week or more to organize their things.
5. Give Everything a Home
Keeping your life organized means keeping your things in their proper places; keep order by storing things properly and by labeling storage spaces. Make easy-to-access storage spaces for things you use all the time, and don’t let your storage spaces get cluttered. Be creative about finding places for things. In addition, as a BIG NO: never label a storage space as “miscellaneous!”
6. Delegate Responsibilities
A really organized life is not overfilled with responsibilities, meetings and deadlines. In fact, it has less because things that create stress have been slowly organized out.
As an experiment, look at your to-do list or make one. Go through the list and find one task that you can remove from your list or give to someone else. Now feel the stress of having to do it fall away.
If you want to delegate effectively, don’t miss out these important tips: How To Delegate
Practice Makes Perfect
Put in a little effort. Actually, put in a lot of effort when necessary.
Once you have delegated responsibilities and made a schedule, then you can organize what you have to do and when you can do it.
Staying organized is not all a breeze. It requires that you work hard with recognition that when you work harder, you can enjoy your clutter-free home life later.
Work harder when you feel like giving up today.
Talk soon, Donna