10 Organizational Tips To Help You Live Your Best Life
When you’ve let your life slowly evolve into chaos, the thought of resolving things may send you into panic mode. However, there’s no better cure to being overwhelmed by the messes of life than calming down and getting your organization on.
On the surface, organizing your life may seem like a daunting task but, fortunately, it’s not really at all. The most important thing to remember is to fully commit to your new way of life with a positive outlook. If you follow these simple tips that we’ve laid out for you, you’ll have your life running like a well-oiled machine in no time.
When In Doubt, Write It Out
It may seem like an outdated practice these days, thanks to the rise of smartphones and other digital devices, but writing things down is still one of the best ways to keep you perfectly organized.
Think of writing things down as the ultimate back-up plan if your phone or other digital device gets lost, damaged or information is accidentally deleted. Also, being able to actually hold on to a piece of paper or a notebook with your daily agenda goes a long way to keep you focused.
Put Yourself On A Deadline
Don’t let deadlines stress you out, instead use them to keep your life as organized as possible. The most essential thing to remember when putting yourself on a deadline, is to make sure that it’s realistic to your lifestyle.
Sit down and analyze your daily/weekly schedule, then find out when and where you can fit in time to organize, as well as what actually needs to be organized.
Resist The Urge To Procrastinate
It’s a natural process to put off things we don’t want to do or have let build up for far too long. This act of procrastination is usually how our lives spiral out of control in the first place.
Resist the urge to continue to procrastinate and just do it. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel once you actually take the first step to organizing your life once and for all.
Pacing Yourself Is Key
It’s admirable, but don’t try to organize your entire life in a week or a weekend. You may be so inspired by your initial progress that you attempt to do everything at once, but that is the fastest road to burnout.
Instead, pace yourself and take your time. Take on as much as you can, not how much you think you should. You definitely don’t want to take forever to do things, but don’t overextend yourself either.
Use Technology To Your Advantage
Fortunately, these days technology can be used to streamline your life and make things as easy as possible, especially when it comes to organization.
Use technology to your advantage by downloading apps, signing up for services and utilizing websites/social media to help you on your quest to begin and maintain your goal of organizational supremacy.
Understand That Some Things Must Go
As the saying goes, “parting is such sweet sorrow” and in terms of organization, that means that you need to prepare yourself to let go of some of the things that you want to keep.
As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t used or worn something in more than a year, it’s best to get rid of it. While it may be hard to part with things that you have developed an attachment to, think about how beneficial it will be in the long-run.
Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate/Ask For Help
We all aim to be superwoman, but that doesn’t mean that asking for help makes you less of a boss. In fact, asking for help and delegating tasks is one of the prime qualities of true boss.
If you are single and live alone, ask your friends and family to help you with organizing when the job is just too much for you to handle. Similarly, if you have a family, sit them down and delegate tasks to everyone to ensure that everything is organized and running smoothly within the household.
Put Things Away Immediately
When you put things away immediately you don’t give them time to create clutter. This is such a simple process on the road to superior organization, but you’d surprised to learn just how many people fail to do it.
Whenever you buy, use, receive or pull out something, as soon as you are done, put it in it’s designated place. That way, you’re not only organized, but you’ve saved yourself the extra time it takes to clear stuff out once it accumulates.
Assign Everything A Specific Place
This is an organizational tip that we learn as children, but somewhere along the way we forget it. Giving everything in your life a specific place is the absolute best way to stay organized because you never have to search for anything or worry about clutter.
Another great thing about this practice is you can carry it over to various aspects of your life that need a little organizing, not just home or work.
Clean Up Your Digital And Mailed Subscription Lists
Junk mail, whether electronic or through snail mail, is one of the most annoying things that leads to a ton of organizational issues. The best way to combat this is to take a day, sit down and unsubscribe to all of the mailing lists that you no longer have use for. You’ll be grateful to rid yourself of the unwanted mail that continues to hinder your organizational goals.