Ever have those moments when you are just filled with a rush of inspiration to get your life together? Often they arise at the start of a new year – or maybe you have just landed a new job that you are determined to make the very best of. Sometimes, we don’t even need a reason to want to make positive changes in our lives. After all, most of us would agree that being more organized can only seek to benefit us, on both a personal and a professional level. Lower stress levels and high productivity are just some of the benefits that greater organization can bring to our lives. But, like many things, it is much easier said than done. Here are a few ways you can put your new found desire for organization into practice and how it can benefit you in the real world.
Ever heard the phrase ‘a tidy home means a tidy mind’? Sure, you might have been kidding yourself for a long time that your messy bedroom and your cluttered kitchen is simply ‘organized chaos’. But when it takes you half an hour just to find your keys so you can leave the house, you have already started the day on a bad foot. Getting rid of any excess mess in your home and/or office can help to streamline your mind and make going about your daily business much easier to boot. Set aside an afternoon (or a whole day, depending on how bad the situation is) and be ruthless with your possessions. It may be hard to part with some of them, but think about what you really need. Then, invest in some storage so that everything has a home – from your keys to your files.
Write things down
You might think that you can simply remember everything you have to do and that, of course, you don’t need to write anything down. But most of us have selective memories – and the real reason we don’t want to write anything down is because once it is written down, we are held accountable to complete the task. This accountability is something you need to learn to embrace if you want to become a more organized person. You can now buy stationary online that perfectly suits your needs, so you never run out of pens and paper ever again. In your new life as an organized person, they will become your best friend.
Make (and stick to) deadlines
Deadlines don’t just have to be for work. Of course, if you are self-employed you will need to be accustomed to setting yourself your own deadlines so that you get the work done in time. But you can also set deadlines for other aspects of your life – such as housework, or part-time studying. Write them in your diary or calendar so, again, you are held accountable, and give yourself an incentive. This could be anything from a night out with friends you’re not allowed to go on until you’ve completed a specific task, or that takeout you’re going to order once you’ve cleaned the house top to bottom. Following some of these tips will mean you are more productive and that ultimately, you will be able to lead a richer and happier life.