Is life overwhelming? Do you find yourself getting behind on tasks that you know you need to complete, but you can’t seem to find the time to do them?
It is a rare person who doesn’t feel they need their life to be more organized.
Organizing your life, or more precisely organizing your schedule, will help you to cultivate healthy habits and complete tasks that have been weighing you down.
Myth: Organized people were born organized.
Organization comes from time management and preparation. Even if you think you are a disorganized person, you can still live an organized life.
Top Habits Of Organized People
Write down the important stuff.
- Shopping Lists
- Cleaning Lists
- Task List
Plan your schedule and set deadlines.
Eliminate the excuses before they become excuses.
- Set the alarm clock away from the bed, so you have to get up to turn in off.
- Meal plan/prep ahead of time
- Set out your clothes the day before
- Clean 10-15 minutes a day adhering to your cleaning schedule
Declutter your home and workspace.
- Eliminate the junk drawer
- Find a “home” for everything
- If you don’t use it within six months, evaluate if you need to keep it or donate it
Delegate responsibilities when possible.
- Split up the household chores.
- Shop online and pick up from store or order from Amazon. This prevents overspending on impulse items in the store.
Make living an organized life a habit.
- Journal/plan daily
- Set monthly, weekly, & daily goals
- Find what works for you and stick to it.
How To Start Living An Organized Life
Start by making a list. You need to declutter and clean out all the junk that is causing your life to be disorganized. Junk, or clutter for a nicer word, tends to accumulate over the years. My husband and I bought our first home about ten years ago. When we moved in, we hardly had enough furniture to fill the house. However, as time went by, more and more “clutter” seemed to appear and pretty soon we found ourselves running out of space. At one point, we thought of selling and buying a bigger home. But then I thought to myself, “If our home was big enough for us when we first moved in, why isn’t it big enough now?”
Decluttering our home took a lot of time and hard sacrifice. If you are like me, you tend to hang on to the clothes in your closet that you are planning to wear again someday or the excess dishes in your kitchen in case you decide to entertain a group of friends or have a family get together. Over time, these items (plus many more) built up, and I didn’t regularly use them. It wasn’t that they were bad—they were still useable by all means. I looked at the number of items I had that I didn’t use more than once or twice a year and made the reluctant decision to donate them.
Choose a tool to schedule your tasks.
There are many different tools you can use to manage your time. I prefer to use the Bullet Journal Method. This method helps me to plan my week and schedule daily tasks.
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For work, I use the Microsoft Outlook Calendar. By scheduling blocks to complete tasks, my productivity increases and tasks aren’t forgotten.
As an added bonus, if you use a smartwatch, you can sink it to your calendar and receive your tasks right on your wrist!
There are also multiple apps you could download to help keep up with your to-do list.
Next, is to plan ahead.
Sit down with a piece of paper and pen and list out all the tasks you need to complete. Next, assign due dates to each task. Using your tool of preference, sort your tasks by days and then again by priority. After you have finished sorting, it is time to prepare ahead.
Get rid of the excuses before they become excuses.
Think about all the reasons why you wouldn’t stick to the schedule you have created. These reasons are excuses. How can you eliminate these excuses beforehand?
Think proactive instead of reactive.
Maintain An Organized Life Through Routine Activity
The best way to make living an organized life a habit is to create a daily routine and stick to it. I read somewhere that it takes three weeks for an action to become a habit.
By setting a routine, you will reinforce good habits and eliminate bad ones. Click the picture below to learn more…..
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Living an organized life doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, planning, and determination.
If you are serious about changing your life, increasing your productivity, and living organized, then start small and work your way up.
Leave room for failure and learn from your mistakes.
Set goals and reevaluate your course of action.
Your life and the way you live your life is determined by you. The only thing holding you back from positive change is your fears and lack of determination.
Who Am I?
Hi. I’m Cynthia—mother of two tweens and founder of CynthiaBrandel.com.
About a year ago, after a very hard day at work, I decided I wanted to change my life.
That decision led to the creation of CynthiaBrandel.com.
To learn more about me & what CynthiaBrandel is all about
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