7 proven tips to stay organized in every aspect of your life
Personally, I have made it a point to keep myself organized this year in order to accomplish my set goals.
The principle of keeping set goals accomplished is being organized. Being organized deals with a conscience that eludes most of us in Ghana; the conscience of time. The factor of organization is sometimes interchanged and mistaken for time management. Subsequent posts will go to make readers realize the difference.
The most important thing about this list is that it should be created around the scheduled structure of your work or school life.
This is easier to do because work and school creates a structure that is stable and so leaves your organization habit to the flexibility of your creativity.
No one method is right but there are those that are proven:
1. Put everything away as soon as you can
A cluttered space, be it at work, home or school, creates the illusion of busyness and overwhelms you at some point. It makes you feel disorganized and becomes a constant unconscious distraction because it becomes hard to focus on achieving the bigger set goals. So de-clutter. Clean up. All shoes should be in a box or under your bed or on the rack (if you have one). And they should stay there no matter how tired you feel. Assign tasks to children. It heavily depends on how you condition everyone to follow this simple trick to easing stress and clearing your mind.
2. Make a To-do list
Consider a weekly list and then break it up daily. It is advisable to set 3 goals for yourself every morning in order to achieve your weekly goal. Avoid putting down every little thing you do because your list might make you feel overwhelmed.
3. Pick out one task from your list (in order of importance) and leave it completed.
Multitasking is the devil with an Angel’s voice. Do not be tempted be Superman or Catwoman or you will end up with quarter-done tasks at the end of the day.
4. Do the chosen task right now
(After you are done reading this post, of course). And while you are at it, be sure to use the word “no” as often as you breathe. Saying yes and putting off task that will lead you to accomplish your daily goals may make you seem like a people person but would you rather be a liked person than an admired person? People persons are liked. Accomplished persons are admired. Take your pick.
5. Take note of your routine
By this time, you will have realized a pattern in your daily actions. This will be your routine. A routine may include waking up at 5am, meditating/revisiting your daily goal, exercising/tidying up (completely optional), bathing, getting everyone ready for school (and work) preparing breakfast, and setting off. This could be a morning routine. Things like these may seem dreary and hard work but if they get your life on track to achieve your goals day by day, then they will be enjoyed. Unless there is a major lifestyle change, your routine should not change, except when you reevaluate it at the end of the week and find need to make changes in order that it becomes more effective.
6. Anything in your possession that you will not use must go!
No excuses. Donate that shoe you hardly picture yourself wearing. When was the last time you wore those clothes again? 10 months ago? What are they still doing in your possession? (if this were a crime, I would be doing forever time). Do a revamp of your wardrobe. Get into your garage and clean it out. If it is in your possession, it is in use. Make exceptions if you must. The key to organization is to simplify. So let there be space.
7. If it’s not down, it’s not done
Let this be your mantra. Organization is made easier and a lot simpler if things are written down. You may use a diary or an app. I will bring up a follow-up guide on apps that you can use to stay organized.