Small adjustments to your daily life can help improve organization skills, even for the most unorganized of people.
2 March 2016| Last updated on 22 May 2017
We have all been there, from purchasing colourful highlighters, to pens, folders and more, but is this the key to a good organizational structure? Well, maybe. If it works for you, then it works.
There is no set technique on how to be organized, simply because each person is unique in their thoughts and mentality.
You can spend hundreds of dollars buying yourself all sorts of organizational products, which we are sure will be useful. Or, you can start small by following some of these easy tips to change your unorganized lifestyle.
Make a schedule
First and foremost, make a monthly and daily schedule.
Keep track of your to-do list using the schedule, and keep updating and reviewing it periodically, that way you won’t forget any important dates.
Keep a diary
Your diary will have your inner most personal thoughts.
Let’s face it, our minds are machines that never stop working, even when we’re sleeping, our minds are going through all sorts of thoughts.
A diary will help you collect all your thoughts. Some thoughts might be ridiculous and others might be genius, but what’s the harm in keeping your thoughts in a little journal anyways?
Get a planner
A planner is your portable schedule.
Keep your life in the planner and organize it so that you know exactly when you have upcoming wedding dates, meetings, appointments, family get-togethers, and your children’s soccer practice.
The planner can also be used as a phone book to help you keep in touch with your friends and family.
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Write your long term and short term goals
This can go in your planner if you’d like.
Write down a list of things you would like to achieve within the week, month and year and work to accomplish your goals.
Trust us, nothing is more wonderful and rewarding than completing a goal and using your beautiful red pen to mark it off as a complete!
Aside from just being happy to complete a goal, the process from the moment you have thought about a goal, to actually analyzing it, writing it and achieving can be very therapeutic.
Figure out your distracters
Social media, internet, television, whatever it is that distracts you, will keep distracting you, unless you’ve given yourself a firm hand.
Make time for yourself and for the things you love, but don’t over indulge in a way that will distract you. Keep a timer beside you and set it for whatever time you would like to allot for leisurely activities.
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Go with the flow
Your day will not always go as planned, and that’s okay.
Just pick up where you left off the next day. You don’t want to be overtly organized and structured, you need to have a good balance between both structure and being able to adapt to unplanned events.
Keep your space clean
This is so important to keep you on track. It is one of the most challenging things for unorganized people, but it must be done.
A clear desk and office is the epitome of a peaceful zen. Not to say that your papers should be neatly stacked away in a folder, but at least have some space on your desk to be able to work comfortably, without having to shove around scattered papers.
Time is money and the most efficient way to use time is simply not to waste it. By organizing your personal and work life, you will find that you have less stress and more energy, time and peace, which is likely the biggest contributor to your health.