Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings and new routines. Was your New Years Resolution to get more organized this year? Have the past three months passed by in a blur? It’s never too late to start!
Organized people aren’t born, they are created. Using various methods on self development to accomplish goals and priorities, these people become better each day. As with anything, practice makes perfect. Something that starts out as a chore will quickly become habit, and the stress will wash away. Through routine training with the proper tools, you too, can become the object of envy.
1. Organized people seek tools.
Look at that! You’ve already accomplished one of the tips on this list. You have enough self awareness to acknowledge that you want to change your bad habits and become more efficient at the things you do. Now it’s time to find things that help you be successful. Having a smartphone, using apps with notifications, making to-do lists, and wearing a wrist watch are all things that will help break down your tasks visually and make them easier to manage and accomplish. Time can be a significant tool that works in your favour, as well. Taking short non-work related breaks during your process will increase overall productivity.
2. Set priorities.
Make a to-do list! Whether you’re a ‘list person’ or not, it is essential to visualize and arrange your priorities by importance. Creating a ‘catch-all’ for your thoughts lets you continue with the task at hand and doesn’t throw off your creativity. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t find it instantly gratifying to cross something off your list?
Organized productive people just have less stuff. This is a fact. They have some things that are essential to their success, and eliminate all else. The clearer your space is, the clearer your mind is. Start small by organizing your overflowing tupperware drawer or try out a declutter challenge like the one below (found here) if you don’t know where to start. Tackle one job at a time, it will make life a lot easier!
4. Practice maintenance.
Doing a big declutter/ cleaning once a year won’t make you an organized person. Being successful and efficient requires continuous maintenance. Taking 5-10 minutes each day to sort your emails, create your to-do list for tomorrow, put things on your calendar, or organize files will save you a significant amount of time in the long run and that’s not even considering the amount of stress you’ll get rid of, knowing that all of your affairs are in order!
5. Organized people are self aware.
They know when they’ve reached their stress limit, work load capacity, and when to ask for help. Self awareness means knowing your limits. They use the ‘N’ word (no) regularly, and when they feel they won’t produce the best possible work. Pride is not an obstacle that needs to be overcome – an organized person will ask for help if they need it. Along with self awareness comes self-care. Knowing your body means taking care of it mentally and physically. If you know you need to de-stress at the end of the day by reading, make sure you have enough time to do so. You can’t be there for your family if you aren’t at your personal 100%.
6. Two things.
Choose two things on your to-do list that need to get done today, and work hard to accomplish those goals. It doesn’t matter if one of those things is ‘make a to-do list.’ If you get in the habit of crossing off two things, you’ll want to continuously improve and want to cross more from your list. This is a great way to ensure that things don’t pile up on the weekends.
7. They unitask.
Contrary to popular belief, those ‘moms who do it all’ aren’t doing it all at once. They choose one task to accomplish at a time, and give their 100% attention to said task. Multi-tasking spreads your attention too thin, and you end up performing at a subpar level as a result.
Using these tips on a regular basis will help you develop the skills and tools to be a more organized and more productive person.
Go forth, readers, and be successful, efficient, and organized people! Let me know if these tips and tricks helped you, or if you disagree with any of them. I look forward to hearing from you!