Emotional Wellbeing

Mandy Kloppers

How to Be More Organized in Life

Organization isn’t a word that excites most people. In fact, it tends to have the exact opposite effect on a lot of people. Living an organized life does have a ton of benefits, though, including a positive effect on your mental health. You’ll get more done, and you’ll experience less stress. Here are a couple of ways you can begin living with more organization.

Start Using a To-do List Every Day

Grab some personalized memo pads. Then, start using them every day. We’d suggest starting by creating a to-do list each day. By writing down a few things, you’ll be amazed at how much more you accomplish. At the end of the day, you should jot down a couple of things you’d like to accomplish in the morning.

 

Look at the memo pad as soon as you’re getting out of bed. That way, it’ll be on your mind right away. Plus, by getting something done early, you’ll start the day with a sense of accomplishment. That can easily lead to increased motivation to accomplish the rest of your list.

 

You could also have a memo pad or notebook on your desk, even if you are used to doing your work on the computer. By putting notes down on paper they will be in direct view of your eyes daily so you will not forget important tasks you need to be done.

Spend a Few Minutes Organizing Before Bed

Another thing you can do to be more organized would be to set aside a few minutes before laying down. Right before bed, organize something small. If you’re not an organized person, it’s easier to start small.

 

Just focus on building the habit at first. Over time, it’ll become second nature. Each day, try to do a little bit more than you did the day before. Before long, you’ll be a whirlwind of productivity. Plus, it’ll feel easier to stay productive if you’re in an organized home, too.

Don’t Overdo It in the Beginning

Like we mentioned, focus on small accomplishments at first. Of course, this is going to be relative. Some people already have a baseline level of organization. For them, the baseline level of organization will be a bit higher than average. Others don’t have any organization in their lives at all.

 

In that case, you might simply clear off a single table. Don’t focus on how much you’re accomplishing overall. Look at how you’re doing today compared to yesterday or last week. When you’re improving, a little improvement each day compounds rather quickly.

Set Reminders on Your Phone

Sometimes, you’ve got plenty of motivation to get things done. It’s just that you’re forgetting about stuff. Setting a reminder on your phone could make it a lot easier to hit your daily goals. By setting a reminder, you’ll never forget about what you had planned. Don’t put off your reminders, though.

 

It’ll also be useful for important daily tasks like taking your medication, attending a daily meeting, or drinking water which people often forget without reminders.

 

That’s only going to hurt you in the long run. As soon as you see one of them, get it done. That way, you’ll be able to knock it off your list. And, you’ll get a small dose of accomplishment each time you complete something.

Be Productive as Soon as You Wake Up

You might’ve heard the phrase “eating the frog first.” That’s an old adage that means you’ve got to do the hard things before anything else. By doing that, you’ll get the toughest part of your day out of the way early. Afterward, everything else will be much easier.

 

We’d recommend putting a few things on your to-do list for early in the morning. Get them done as soon as you hop out of bed. Getting something done early gives you motivation for the rest of the day. Plus, you’ll always feel like you’re starting the day on a good foot.

Use the Pomodoro Method

The Pomodoro method is a useful time management technique. How do you do it? Focus completely on work for twenty-five minutes without distractions. After that take a five minutes break to refill your coffee, go to the bathroom, check your phone, chat up a coworker, etc. After those five minutes go back to work for twenty-five minutes. Take a five-minute break and repeat. After you have done these four times take a longer break between ten to fifteen minutes.

 

By adding the Pomodoro method to your life, you will see a great increase in your productivity. Our full focus and attention span can only last so long. Taking a few minutes of reprieve every half an hour you will be surprised how much better your productivity is than before. If you work remotely it will also allow you to be productive in other aspects of your life. You can use your five-minute breaks to do some quick chores like putting in a load of laundry or doing the dishes. That way when you get out of work, most of the things you need to do around the house are already done.

Declutter Your Home and Workspace

A cluttered space isn’t somewhere anyone likes to work. Whether it’s your home or workplace, you’ve got to keep it organized. When a place isn’t organized, it’s tough to get anything done.

 

You’ve got to figure out where everything is before you can do anything at all. When it’s well organized, you’re able to get straight to business. That’s going to make accomplishing your goals feel so much easier.

 

There is also a mental health reason for having an organized space. By having your home or workplace organized you will feel less cluttered mentally as well. After reorganizing your space you will be surprised just how much our environment affects our state of mind.

You should either rearrange things to be more organized or downsize some of the stuff in your space. Consider what items you do not need if they are just taking up space but you have no use for. You can either donate these to charity, have a yard sale, or sell them on a resale app like iPad Recycle. They accept and buy old iPads for a reasonable deal. It may make someone else’s treasure.

Living an Organized Life

If you’re hesitant to live more organized, focus on the benefits. Even organized people don’t necessarily enjoy organizing things. They’re more focused on how being organized will benefit them. You’ll spend less time looking around for things and more time getting stuff done. Being organized in life can also have a positive effect on your mental health. While you may not be particularly organized now, it can be a trait that is learned. Take it one habit change at a time and you will start to see positive results in your life.

 

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