10 Tips for Becoming More Organized in Your Life
We all want to be more organized. A state of structured bliss can help us think, plan, and act more clearly. But sometimes it can feel impossible to get to that point. Our lives are busy and chaotic, and it often feels like we’re just barely keeping our heads above water.
But fear not, for there are ways to become more organized in your life. Here are 10 tips to help you get started:
1. Eliminate Surplus
The less you have, the less you need to organize. Start by doing an audit of all your possessions. Count how many towels, sheets, cups, bags, and pairs of shoes you have. Think about how many of each item you really need. By reducing the objects in your house, you’ll reduce the amount of work you need to do.
2. Reduce the Incoming
Stop buying unnecessary objects. Don’t shop as a pastime; shop when you need something. Before you make any purchase, ask yourself “do I really need it?” By reducing the amount of shopping you do, you’ll keep your life simpler and save cash at the same time.
3. Storage Solutions
Plan the storage required. Don’t buy too much storage, or you will end up filling it again. Take the time to figure out what you need, and invest in quality storage solutions that will help keep your possessions organized.
4. Go Paperless
Consider going paperless. Having everything stored electronically reduces the amount of filing cabinets needed to store documents and allows for speedy retrieval. It’s great for someone who is constantly on the go and needs to have documents at hand wherever they are.
5. Create Positive Habits
Create little routines for tidying and organizing. Fold clothes while the children are in the bath. Tidy your desk while you are on the phone. Make sure you call in the help of all those who live in your house and help them create positive habits too.
6. Use a Task List
You need to have somewhere to write it all down. A place to put reminders, notes, and to-dos. Choose an app that suits your way of working and use it to keep yourself organized.
7. Plan It
A calendar is also an essential piece of kit. It never ceases to amaze me how few people use a calendar to plan their weekly tasks. Don’t forget what gets scheduled gets done!
8. Use Checklists
Checklists are great time savers. If you create a checklist once, you will never have to repeat the work again. Create checklists for holidays, for business trips, for weekly chores, or back-to-school tasks.
9. The Mind Download
This is one of the most useful exercises that I do regularly to help me feel more focused and productive. Dump everything from your mind onto paper and organize it into your system. This helps to ensure nothing gets forgotten and frees up mental space for more creative things.
10. Start Small
Lastly, don’t try to do everything at once. Start small and work your way up. Tackle one area of your life at a time and gradually build up to a more organized existence.
In conclusion, becoming more organized isn’t an overnight process. It takes time and effort to get to that state of structured bliss. But by implementing these tips and making small changes to your routine, you can work towards a more organized life.