Today, we’re sharing 10 Tips for a More Organized Life!
A Fresh Start…
This month is always such an exciting one! It signifies a fresh start and new beginnings.
It’s also the time of year we’re challenged to write down our goals and dreams, develop new routines, and begin organizing all the things too.
For some of you, that thought might be kind of overwhelming. Especially, if you have a lot on your plate already.
I want to encourage you to go at your own pace though. You don’t have to have it all figured out this month. You just have to get started!
Working Within Your Skill Set…
Recently, I was in the midst of trying to finish a big project and under a strict self-imposed timeline.
Halfway through the process, I found myself taking a series of shortcuts and tried to finish the project in stages instead of taking the time to sit down and complete it from start to finish.
For some reason, I thought it would be quicker that way.
The shortcuts wound up creating more delays because I wasn’t fully focused. Before I knew it, I found myself frustrated and unnecessarily panicked.
I’ve never really been a multi-tasker. I desperately wanted to be one for the longest time though.
Thankfully, I’ve realized trying to be a multi-tasker is not how I was created, and have learned to work within my skill set.
It’s not always easy by any stretch.
But accepting I’m much better at handling one task at a time has helped me stay out of the “should have…could have…would have…rabbit hole” I allowed myself to go down for years trying to be something I wasn’t.
If you can relate this feeling like this in any way, give yourself a huge dose of grace and then develop an action-oriented game plan that makes you feel confident and successful on your own terms.
You don’t have to wait until Monday or the first of the month. You can start any time you’re ready.
If you’re one of those people who feel frequently “on and off the wagon” just remember, “You don’t have to get ahead today, you just have to get back on track today.”
If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you feel overwhelmed by your schedule, your home, or your to-do list this post is for you!
Here are 10 Tips for a More Organized Life…
Keep a Calendar:
It doesn’t matter if you prefer an electronic calendar on your phone or you kick it old school with a paper calendar like I do, keeping a calendar will help keep you focused on your family, work, and personal schedules at any given time during the year.
Every Sunday, I sit down and map out the week ahead and it makes a HUGE difference in keeping our family life and business life organized!
My current planner is the daily planner by Plum Paper and it’s completely customizable.
Write Down Your To-Do List, Then Circle, or Highlight the Three Most Important Tasks of the Day:
One of the best tips for a more organized life I can offer is to do a weekly brain dump. I usually do mine on Sunday when I’m mapping out the week.
Once you’ve finished your brain dump, assign tasks from the list to specific days of the week.
As you’re reviewing your daily to-do list, circle or highlight the top three most important tasks for each day.
These are the tasks that are your priorities. Begin your day with these items first and try to complete them in full!
Everything else on your to-do list can be organized after you’ve identified your daily priorities.
Do One Task at a Time:
I’m not talking about putting a load of laundry in the washer before getting on the treadmill.
I’m talking finish each task or priority – to completion, when possible – before you start the next one.
Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand how easy it is to get sidetracked in the midst of a task or project.
Completing one task before you begin another though, will give you the confidence and encouragement you need to accomplish the next task on your list.
If you find you’re off track and scrolling Instagram instead of getting down to business, ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing right now helping me reach my goal?”
OHIO/Do it Now/Put it Away:
Clutter begets, clutter, that’s just all there is to it.
This is something I have to work on every. single. day. Having to clean up a mess twice will ALWAYS take more time than cleaning it up once and maintaining it.
Another acronym that has helped me to take action consistently, especially for small tasks like putting freshly laundered clothes away, is OHIO (Only Handle It Once)
Control Paper Clutter Daily:
Paper clutter adds up quickly especially if you’re a “stacker” like me.
Sort through your mail/receipts/kids homework, artwork, school paperwork daily. Then file them accordingly, shred them as needed, or consider scanning important papers into your home computer.
I literally sort our mail at the recycle bin so junk mail rarely enters the house! It’s one of the 10 tips for a more organized life you can implement immediately.
Have a Designated Place For Everything:
Having a designated place for everything is the same concept as “give everything a home.”
This process definitely takes time and tweaking so don’t feel like you have to do this all at once.
Think about how you use the spaces in your home and organize one drawer at a time, one shelf at a time, one cabinet at a time, one closet at a time, and one room at a time.
Little by little you’ll find ways to give everything from your car keys to your pantry items to the littles sports equipment a designated place.
Having a set meal plan for the week/ month will help you to make healthier food choices. It will also help better control your spending habits at the grocery store and save you from eating lots of take-out meals too.
We meal plan by the month, then review our weekly menus during the Sunday planning sesh.
Create a Cleaning Routine That Works:
There have been seasons of life I’ve been able to clean everything in a single day and other seasons where I only had time to clean one thing each day.
While the time I’m able to dedicate to cleaning changes throughout the year, one thing is for sure, I feel so much better when the house is neat and tidy.
No matter how you choose to clean your home, develop a plan of action that works for you and your family. It makes a BIG difference ?
Make Use of the Word No and Take Control of Your Time/Priorities:
Of all the suggestions on our 10 Tips for a More Organized Life list, I know this one is going to be so hard for some of you.
It’s still really hard for me sometimes too.
Learning how to say no to the things you don’t want to do, will free up your time for the things you actually want to do.
You will absolutely disappoint people you love or have to give up opportunities that seem fabulous when you decide to set boundaries like this.
But there is freedom in getting off the hamster wheel of expectations, joy in simplicity, and restoration without guilt on the other side.
Make room in your life for what truly gives you joy!
Practice simple morning, evening, and cleaning routines that cut the brain fog and help you accomplish your goals each day.
Find out where you can diminish decision fatigue by streamlining, delegating, or automating tasks that bring clarity and purpose.
Last year, I started wearing a basic work uniform each day. It’s been such a game-changer I’m planning to create a capsule wardrobe now.
Keep in mind, these positive habits won’t happen overnight, they take time. YOU are worth the effort though so take action on the items that excite you!
If for some reason you get off track give yourself a pep talk, a huge dose of grace, and say these words out loud, “I don’t have to get ahead today, I just have to get back on track today.”
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